Kids and pretend play go together like Melissa & Doug. With the right supplies and a ton of imagination, it’s easy to transform any space into a world of fun. Order a burger from a sweet sous chef or mail a letter to a loved one, the possibilities are endless. Scroll down for nine ideas that can be set up and enjoyed all in one afternoon (no guarantee on a break-down date!).

Grocery Store

There’s no car cart to push the kiddies around, but a trip to this grocery store will still be a blast.  We love the simple set-up behind this pretend play project from Little Bins for Little Hands; most of the supplies are recycled materials, with only a few toys thrown into the mix. Find out how to make all-important shelves for endless stocking opportunities (more soup on aisle 3, please!) over at Little Bins for Little Hands.

photo: Sarah McClelland via Little Bins for Little Hands


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— Gabby Cullen