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!).

Food Truck

From the brilliant mind behind Tinker Lab comes another great way to play. If you’ve got a big cardboard box, then you’ve got a restaurant, a vehicle and a store! Yup, it’s a pretend food truck and it’s rolling right into your living room. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert— all in one afternoon. Roll over to Tinker Lab for more inspiration.

photo: Rachelle Doorley via Tinker Lab


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— Gabby Cullen