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!).

Pizza Parlor

It’s as easy as pie to recreate this imaginary play time. We love the simple (but awesome!) way Allison of No Time for Flashcards tosses out a pizza parlor for her little chef. Grab a box from your local za shop and search for the rest of your supplies around the house. Find out how to add extra toppings to this game for more fun over at No Time for Flashcards.

photo: Allison McDonald via No Time for Flashcards


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— Gabby Cullen