Best of Pretend Play
These toys invite story lines that are realistic, wild, and everything in between.
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
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
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
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