Not ready for your little one to cook with you in the kitchen? A play kitchen encourages budding culinary skills along with hours of imaginary play. These play kitchens are seriously cool, transforming any corner into a really exciting play area that even moms will love. Instead of being made from breakable plastic, all of these play sets are constructed out of wood with moving parts and functional doors and cabinets, making them stand up to busy tots. Introduce stirring, cutting, and whipping up tasty pretend treats with a play kitchen made with your lil one in mind.
Encourage your little builder to nail together something really cool with one of these pretend-play building sets. From tools made for lil one's hands to workbenches ready for big kids, this collection of construction sets can manufacture hours of fun. Along with hammering, cranking, and making lots of building noises, tool sets promote fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination and introduce logic and spacial concepts. And playing with these building sets is tons of fun for the whole family! Click through for some of our favorites.
Felt fun for everyone! Plastic toys can contain BPA and other hazardous chemicals leading mamas to search for healthier options. Wooden toys are a nontoxic alternative but as any mama — on the receiving end of a wooden slice of watermelon thrown by baby — can tell you, they can be dangerous when airborne. Check out these 10 felt toys for tots and let the good times roll!
Imaginations at work! Pretend play gives tots the opportunity to express their creativity and develop stronger concentration skills. It also allows them to mimic Mom and Dad as they go about their daily routines. Given all of the extraordinary toys and trips Suri Cruise experiences, it was fun to see her pushing her baby doll while joining her mom on a shopping trip this week. The tot's plastic and fabric play stroller looks just like the versions found in many lil one's playrooms. From high-end to inexpensive, eco-friendly wood versions to simple plastics, here are six versions to suit ever child's needs.
Clockwise from top left: Badger Basket Toys Three Wheel Doll Jogging Stroller ($40), Maclaren Junior Quest Baby Doll Stroller ($38), Castle Toy Umbrella Doll Stroller ($16), Badger Basket Triple Doll Stroller ($49), Sirch Troll Doll Stroller ($290), Pottery Barn Kids Navy Doll Pram ($80).