Best of Pre­tend Play

Th­ese toys in­vite story lines that are re­al­is­tic, wild, and ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

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ROAR­ING GOOD TIME

Kids lined up to take Dy­nacraft’s Juras­sic World Tricer­atops 6V Plush Ride-on for a spin, eas­ily work­ing the foot pedal. Par­ents had “no wor­ries” be­cause the beast goes nice and slow! 3 years+, $149; wal­mart.com

SMALL WORLD

Testers were ab­sorbed with Shop­kins Happy Places Rain­bow Beach Cam­per Van, es­pe­cially “putting all the parts into dif­fer­ent spa­ces.” No de­bate, par­ents: Teeny fig­ures are kiddo magic. 5 years+, $30; tar­get.com

HIDE IN­SIDE

Tots will duck into a “fort” of any sort, but this Trac­tor Tent comes with a par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing fea­ture—a steer­ing wheel—so kids can dream they’re go­ing places. 18 months+, $90; habausa.com

ITTY-BITTY ADULT­ING

Melissa & Doug’s Fill & Roll Gro­cery Bas­ket Play Set was a hit with the pre­tenders in the group (i.e., ev­ery preschooler there). The “healthy” faux food elicited real par­ent smiles. 3 years+, $25; melis­saand­doug.com

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