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Let your children's imagination run wild with pretend play toys

A child's imagination is a wonder to behold. Reading stories to children before bed adds fuel to the fire of that imagination, and they also have lots of media around them to spur many different pretend play and dress-up scenarios. Give your children the tools they need to expand their imaginations further with a variety of different pretend play toys. With Walmart's low prices, every day, on everything, you can supply them with a whole room of these toys to let their imaginations run wild.

Playhouses and furniture

Although some playhouses can be set up inside, especially if you have an extra room for your child to use as a playroom or some added space in the living room, many of them are designed for outdoor use too. These are made of durable plastic or wood and look like miniature houses or cottages, allowing your children to pretend that they're playing house. Some of these playhouses have doors and windows don t worry there's no glass to be found while some just have open portals where doors and windows would be. Some playhouses allow for real play too, with ladders, stairs and slides.

Furniture options, including some that can even fit in some of the larger playhouses, include chairs, tables and couches. Play tables and chairs feature some of your children's favorite cartoon, movie and theme park characters and look good in a child's bedroom as well. Another important piece of furniture is a toy box, which can double as seating as well. These allow for ample storage room for all your child's favorite toys and allow you to gain peace of mind knowing that toys won't be strewn all over the place in the playroom or bedroom.

Kitchens, play food and housekeeping

With toy cookware sets and complete toy kitchen setups, you could find yourself with the next star chef on your hands. Some of the play kitchens have refrigerators, microwave ovens, stoves and ovens. None work, but they can pretend they do and use their toy utensils and cookware on them. There are toy food items that they can pretend to cook and serve to their guests. They can even pretend to do the grocery shopping with shelving for food items, baskets to put them in and even a toy cash register to check them out.

Another pretend activity kids can undertake is housekeeping. Toy brooms and vacuum cleaners allow them to imitate you and train them to eventually take over the chore for you when they get older. There are also pretend clothes cleaning toys like washing machines, dryers, ironing boards and steam irons. They can even pretend to wash dishes with a toy dishwashing set.

Dress up

Although some of these items can double as Halloween costumes, there are many types of dress-up clothes they can use for everyday play. If your child wants to be someone who works in a specific profession, there are many options, including police officers, doctors, nurses, chefs and astronauts. They can also pretend to be their favorite movie, TV and video game personalities like superheroes, wrestlers and princesses. Little girls (and little boys) who have dreams of being a hairstylist can practice doing makeup and hairstyles before they even enter elementary school.

Other pretend play toys

If you have a budding musician in your home, you can test the level of interest with pretend musical instruments. You could even have yourself a pretend rock or rhythm and blues band practicing in your playroom with all the toy instruments we have available. There are toy guitars, microphones, keyboards, pianos, trumpets and drums. If your child is really interested, there are mini acoustic guitars and drum sets for beginning to learn how to play.

Your child can stay entertained with toy puppets too. These resemble many of your child's beloved TV and cartoon characters, so kids can bring their favorite shows to life in the bedroom or playroom. There are even finger puppets that are ideal for older children. There are also lifelike animal puppets and stuffed animals where pretend zoo visits or safaris can occur.

For more pretend play fun, set up a play tent in the backyard for your children to spend time in. These can be basic tents that they can use to pretend they're on a camping trip or themed tents that look like vehicles or actual places like a circus big top or Native American teepee. Some of these tents can be set up indoors when the weather won t allow fun outside, and make ideal places for sleepovers.

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