Pretend play is so much fun but also very important for child development. On the surface it may look like a child is just putting bread in a fake oven or hammering a plastic nail but deeper than that development is occurring. Pretend play incorporates fine motor skill practice, color and shape recognition and problem-solving. It encourages the growth of the imagination, critical thinking, and language skills. Toys like these below are excellent for encouraging a child to pretend. These are our favorite pretend play toys for one-year-olds.
Build Early Learning Skills with These Top 10 Pretend Play Toys for One-Year-Olds
With different play foods and a working display screen, this electronic oven is just like the real thing. I can see this being the perfect distraction for your little ones while you’re trying to cook dinner!
These pretend keys are pretty magical. They are made of soft plastic so children won’t get hurt but can carry them around like mom and dad do. The colors & shapes are super fun too.
3. Miniature Laundry Set
This pretend washing machine will help kids pretend they are actually doing laundry. Excellent for their doll clothes or even their own. Fabulous for a child who likes to ‘do work around the house’.
Tools are so fun for kids. This pounding bench is just like the one in the garage with a variety of tools and spaces to work. The animals are an added plus.
No one loves going to the doctor, but this doctor kit can help kids understand what a doctor does and how important of a role they play. With all the accessories needed to have fun taking care of friends or stuffed animals!
With lots of lights and sounds this fun tea set is bound to give a child the best tea party experience around. It comes with the pot, cups, and everything else that you’ll need to have a fun tea party!
7. Baomabao Animal Finger Puppets
These fun finger puppets are fun for kids to use or adults. Put on a puppet show for your little one and have laughter for hours!
This shopping set is interesting for little ones because of the crinkle sounds and the realistic look of the foods and bag. Each food helps kids explore texture, with each piece having a different feel.
This food prep set gives kids the illusion and experience of ‘cutting food’ without having a sharp knife. This is a fun way to strengthen hand muscles. It is also beneficial because it provides an opportunity for shape and color recognition.
Who doesn’t want their own phone? This play cell phone realistically looks like a phone. It has push buttons and features to help children feel like a grown up.