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Pretend Play Toys for Children

Children love to make believe and our Let's Pretend range includes role play toys to help the imagination flow. Whether they want to be a builder, run a café or be just like mum we have quality toys to set the scene. You will find pretend food, play kitchens and ironing sets, as well as carpenters belts and wooden tool kits, ideal for your little DIY enthusiast! These are toys which will not only be super fun for the little one, but will also feed into the development of your children.

Benefits of pretend play

There are several ways in which, according to many recent studies, pretend play is beneficial for a child's development. First, it will allow them to learn about new ideas and new ways of life in a controlled environment. By going outside their normal sense of everyday life and imagining what it is like to be other people, children will be taking that first step beyond their own immediate concerns. This, in other words, is part of what will be the cultivation of intellectual curiosity as well as emotional empathy.

Pretend play toys

A second point related to the first is that these pretend games will often allow slightly more daunting or even scary situations to be experienced and understood from the comfort of the home, so that they seem a whole lot less scary when they come round to experiencing the real thing. A classic example of this would be when children take the role of doctors or patients. In so doing, they will be leaning to see that the idea of going to the doctors is just another part of normal life which is not so daunting after all.

Entertainment and learning

There are mountains of other benefits. However, a third main point which it is worth considering is the way in which pretend play allows children to bring their knowledge together and use it in a more live and dynamic situation. For instance, they might have been learning the names of lots of different fruits and vegetables from a book. The dynamic of playing the part of a shopkeeper will then allow them to use this new knowledge in a more dynamic scenario which will engage the brain in a more active way. Studies have shown that this is exactly the kind of reinforcement of knowledge that means it will become more deeply engrained in a developing mind.

Wide range of toys

The products in this range will allow for all this development to happen. But, crucially, this won't feel like a lesson. Instead, it will just feel like pure fun for the little one. Have a look through the range and you should be able to find some products which tally with your children's interests. All the items are impressively realistic, and this is what will make the pretend play all the more captivating. This may even be where a life long passion for one of the activities in real life will begin. From mini toy workbenches and power tools to brightly colourful fresh fruit and veg, this collection is built to facilitate active engagement and imagination.

Bigjigs Toys - Milk & Cookies Wooden Play Set Bigjigs Toys - Milk & Cookies Wooden Play Set save
£16.99
£11.89
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This pretty pink Milk and Cookies set from Bigjigs Toys is the perfect addition to any tea party playtime! A delightful wooden play food set it includes 6 wooden biscuits, 2 plates and 2 cups. Develops dexterity and improves social skills from an early age. Made from high quality, responsibly sourced materials. Conforms to current European safety standards. Dimensions: approx 13 x 13 x 6.5 cm Age:…
Bigjigs Toys - My Tool Box Bigjigs Toys - My Tool Box
£20.00
2 in stock
With a spanner, hammer, nuts and bolts and even a screwdriver and ruler, this Tool Box from Bigjigs includes everything a young crafter needs to get on with the job of fixing! The sturdy wooden Tool Box has a built in handle so that your little one can take their tools with them on their travels! Helps to develop dexterity and co-ordination. Age: 3 yrs+ Play pieces: 18 Width: 229mm Big Jig Toys ar…
Bigjigs Toys - Powertools Workbench Bigjigs Toys - Powertools Workbench save
£65.00
£45.50
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Bring out the DIY enthusiast in your child, with this magnificent wooden powertools workbench from Bigjigs. Complete with clamp, spanner, power screwdriver, hammer, nuts and bolts. Designed specifically to encourage little hands to grip and manipulate, this is a great toy for developing hand/eye coordination. Age: 3 yrs+ Size: 46 x 40 x 20cm Big Jig Toys are based in Folkestone, Kent. They bring u…
Bigjigs Toys - Tin Tea Set Bigjigs Toys - Tin Tea Set
£26.00
2 in stock
This Toy Tin Tea Set from Bigjigs includes everything you need for a pretend play afternoon tea for four. Inside the set you will find cute tin teacups and saucers, a teapot with a removable lid, side plates, teaspoons, a tablecloth and tea tray. The trendy muted colours and geometric patterns give the set a fresh look. Carry case with handle containing: 4 cups, saucers & teaspoons 1 teapot with a…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Binoculars Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Binoculars
£14.00
2 in stock
Budding bird-spotters and curious explorers would LOVE their very own pair of Binoculars from Bigjigs. These toy binoculars are made from eco-friendly wood and feature kaleidoscope lenses to add to the fun! Children's binoculars are a fantastic way to inspire a love of nature and can encourage kids to spend time in the great outdoors. This kind of make-believe play can nurture a toddler's imaginat…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Camera Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Camera
£12.00
2 in stock
Budding photographers will LOVE this pretend play wooden Camera from Bigjigs. Made from eco-friendly wood, it features a kaleidoscope lens, shutter button, flash, and carry rope handle for easy transportation. Role play toys capture children's imaginations and enhance their creativity as they think up fun storylines and scenes to act out. They could be a wildlife photographer for the day, or a pho…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Cutting Bread and Pastries with Crate Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Cutting Bread and Pastries with Crate
£16.50
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Fresh from the bakery, this wooden Cutting Bread and Pastries Crate from Bigs includes a selection of tasty treats including a croissant, doughnut, bread bun and more! A great addition to any budding chefs wooden play kitchen. Bigjigs Toys wooden play food is ideal to help your little one to learn about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, where our food comes from and how we prepare our…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Cutting Fruit with Crate Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Cutting Fruit with Crate
£16.00
1 in stock
This crate of wooden play food includes a selection of different fruits that can be sliced up carefully and accurately with the aid of a wooden knife. Ensuring complete safety, your little one can chop the fruit up on the supplied wooden chopping board. A great way to learn about kitchen safety. Set includes an apple, pear, orange, lemon, strawberry, banana and melon! Bigjigs Toys wooden play food…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Cutting Vegetables with Crate Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Cutting Vegetables with Crate
£16.00
2 in stock
This crate of wooden play food includes a selection of different vegetables that can be sliced up carefully and accurately with the aid of a wooden knife. Ensuring complete safety, your little one can chop the fruit up on the supplied wooden chopping board. A great way to learn about kitchen safety. Set includes a carrot, tomato, cucumber, onion, mushroom and more! Bigjigs Toys wooden play food is…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Doughnut Crate Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Doughnut Crate save
£14.50
£9.43
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Wooden doughnut box from Bigjigs, full of delicious, realistic looking wood doughnuts, perfect for sharing! Ideal for introducing the concept of choice and sharing, great for pretend tea parties! Encourages creative and imaginative role play. Made from high quality, responsibly sourced materials. Conforms to current European safety standards. Dimensions: 18 x 14.5 x 5 cm Age: 18 mths+ Big Jig Toys…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Drill Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Drill
£23.00
2 in stock
Budding builders will LOVE this Wooden Toy Drill from Bigjigs. It has everything you would expect from a real drill, minus the electricity and sharp parts! The three wooden drill bit and screws are magnetic and easily attach to the drill head. The drill spins manually and has a clickable on/off button. Ideal for construction-mad kids as they pretend to put up shelves and assemble flatpack furnitur…
Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Pink Tea set on a Tray Bigjigs Toys - Wooden Pink Tea set on a Tray save
£36.00
£25.20
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Little ones playing tea party with the Bigjigs Toys wooden Pink Tea Set and Tray. This adorable wooden playset has everything they need to host the perfect tea party: a teapot with lid, 2 wooden cups and saucers, sugar pot with lid, 2 wooden spoons, a milk jug and tray. Encourages creative and imaginative role play sessions, Develops social skills and improves dexterity. Made from high quality, re…