Pretend Play is Real Life Business

Pretend Play is Real Life Business

Posted by Andrea Elliott on Apr 16th 2021

Watch a child at play and you can’t help but smile at their uninhibited creativity. The phrase: Let’s pretend opens up a new world.

According to, pretend play helps children develop social, emotional, language and thinking skills:

“When your child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life.

Through cooperative play, he learns how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve.” Pretend play helps your child to connect the dots between spoken and written language. It builds a platform for future reading and problem solving.

We, at HABA, couldn’t agree more. We work hard to develop toys for pretend play that help develop important skills while creating hours of fun for children. Some of our favorite pretend play items for youngsters are:

Play With Your Food
Let them become a chef extraordinaire with our selection of interactive play food items! Have some sweet treats with this plush ice cream set, then fly off to Japan for some sushi. Next stop: Chicago for some pizzachicken wings! Or how about a picnic? Don't forget the sandwich and some watermelon. Maybe you're craving some Italian cuisine - grab this tasty pasta set complete with real metal pan. And how could we forget the most important meal of the day - breakfast! Grab this 4-pack of wooden eggs, complete with removable yolk! 

Pretending to be a shopkeeper develops skills in taking turns, using good manners, sorting and even math. Our Play Store Scale lets children weigh different items to see which are heavier and lighter. Become a grocer at the farmer's market with the Vegetable Basket! The set helps promote healthy eating choices by introducing kids to their very own set of home grown veggies!

All You Need Is Love
It’s never too early to start learning how to be compassionate, caring and responsible. Tending to dolls or stuffed animals encourages a nurturing nature. Jonas, Till, Nick, William, Graham and Luis break the mold of all dolls 
being girls. With over 15 to choose from, our adorable plush dolls encourage both little boys and little girls to copy their mommy & daddy, allowing them to develop their parenting skills.

Take on a New Role
Bringing dolls and puppets to "life," role playing or mimicking adult behavior is a vital part of childhood! Children are natural pretenders with boundless imaginations and pretend play provides a release for their creativity!

With over 30 adorable HABA puppet characters to choose from, there is no limit to what you and your child can come up with! Puppet play encourages conversation, helps build vocabulary and improves social skills that are particularly important once your child goes off to school. Re-enact fairy tales together, make up stories or tell knock knock jokes to make each other laugh! And if you, as the adult, get recruited to pour at a tea party, help burp a baby or aid in fending off a beast, it’s your excuse to enter (re-enter) that wondrous world of pretend.