“Imagination is more important than knowledge…Imagination encircles the world.” — Albert Einstein

When kids are engaged in pretend play, their imaginations run wild, but pretend play is also an essential part of kids’ development. Children learn primarily by observing their world, imagining themselves in new roles, and then trying things out themselves. Encouraging pretend play allows your kids to imagine themselves in new situations and fills their world with wonder. Check out these 5 fantastic pretend play toys that are sure to spark your kids’ imaginations!

2-in-1 Food Truck

The Little Tikes 2-in-1 food truck has scoopfuls of fun ways to pretend play! Like a real food truck, kids can take orders from their friends and ‘cook up’ delicious meals right off the menu! Kids can practice counting money and making change with the cash register, and even write down orders with the notepad. Your tikes can even create their own delicious meals, and advertise daily specials on the working chalkboard. The 2-in-1 Food Truck offers endless opportunities for imaginative pretend play.

Gas ‘n Go Mower

With the Gas ‘n Go Mower, kids can pretend to mow the lawn, just like Mom and Dad! The Gas ‘n Go Mower’s rolling wheels, working pull cord, clicking knob, and gas can encourage kids get up and be active. They’ll have a blast pretending to mow the lawn!

Construct ‘n Learn Smart Workbench

The Construct ‘n Learn Smart Workbench lets kids build three fully-customized vehicles or mix and match to create their own! Pretend playing with the Smart Workbench offers kids a variety of problems to solve using their thinking skills, and empowers them to build and construct anything they can imagine. The free downloadable app elevates the play by teaching kids about vehicle assembly and tools through three fun games!

Cook ‘n Learn Smart Kitchen

Bring out your kid’s inner chef with the Cook ‘n Learn Smart Kitchen! This unique play experience inspires their imagination and creativity with the interactive sounds and recipe book. When kids role play, it stimulates their imagination while enhancing their creativity, problem solving, and social skills. Cook up something special today!

Magical Unicorn Carriage

Let your little princess or prince’s imagination run wild with the Little Tikes Magical Unicorn Carriage. Kids can imagine they’re riding in a carriage pulled by an actual unicorn with the rotating, light-up horn! Take your tike for a ride and watch them smile with delight as the carriage makes clopping sounds. It even includes a removable floorboard to convert from a wagon into a kid-powered carriage!


Learning through pretend play is an essential part of childhood development. For more great ways to keep your kids’ imaginations active, check out these great Little Tikes Pretend Play Toys.