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!).

Police Station

Help solve the case of the missing pie! It’s so easy to set up a pretend police station, you’ll think it’s a crime. We love the simple material list and adorable (free) downloadable case files created by Terri over at Creative Family Fun. Head over to the blog for clues on how to make badges for your own little detectives.

photo: Terri Thompson via Creative Family Fun


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— Gabby Cullen