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!).

Post Office

Snail mail is the best! It’s so fun to send and receive, and with a play set-up like the one over at Buggy and Buddy, it’s easy, too. Your wee letter carriers will get a kick out of addressing, stamping and delivering packages and notes. Don’t want to splurge on a real mailbox? Zip on over to Buggy and Buddy to find out what materials work just as well.

photo: Chelsey Marashian via Buggy and Buddy



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— Gabby Cullen