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!).

Frozen Yogurt Shop

Dish up loads of pretend play with a Frozen Yogurt Shop. We are bowled over by the adorable set-up and the clever ideas of using leftover craft materials for toppings over at Mama Papa Bubba. Psst! This is when all those empty plastic tubs you recycle will come in handy! Skip over to Mama Papa Bubba for the scoop, and the info on where to grab those sweet silicon molds.

photo: Jen Kossowan via Mama Papa Bubba


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— Gabby Cullen