kid activities: 40 Best Pretend Play Activities

40 Best Pretend Play Activities | @mamamissblog #hopforhope #pretendplayforkids #dressupforkids

I’m happy to be participating in HOP FOR HOPE,  A blog hop dedicated to Savannah Hope.

Savannah Hope is the beautiful new daughter of Heather from Crayon Box Chronicles, a fellow bloggy friend.  Savannah Hope was diagnosed in utero with life-threatening birth defect of the diaphragm called CDH, congenital diaphragmatic hernia.  You can read more of Savannah Hope’s journey here.  I’m not big on telling someone else’s story, I’d rather you’d hear from their heart, in their words, from their tears.

So, I’m sure you’re wondering – what does “40 Best Pretend Play Activities” have to do with Savannah Hope.  Well, I’ll tell ya – the bloggy world, although incredibly big, is really quite incredibly small & we all try to help and support each other whenever possible.  As you can imagine, Heather’s blog will be standing still for a bit while countless hours, days, weeks, & months are spent treating and helping Savannah – I’m sure her blog is the furthest thing from her mind right now.  That’s where we come in!

Danya from Lemon Lime Adventures has thoughtfully organized this HOP FOR HOPE and brought us together to help.  All of us are putting together roundups with a theme that includes several of Heather’s activities – to drive extra traffic towards her amazing blog.  Social media is a fickle creature – if you stop feeding it – it will stop.  We don’t want her blog to lose it’s za-zing while she is caring for Savannah, so we are here to help!

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I put together this fab roundup (I searched high & low, friends – it’s some pretty rad stuff!) of 40 Best Pretend Play Activities for you to be inspired!

Dress up/pretend play is such an integral part of early childhood, and so much of it is easy to put together for an afternoon of play.  I’ve collected ideas for 6 themes: A Pirate Life, A Princess Life, In The Shop, In The Air, I’m a Firefighter, and I’m a Doctor.  Some learning activities, some DIY’s, and some printables – all things to either dress up or extend the activity through pretend play.  Enjoy!

A Pirate Life


Pirate Telescope | Crayon Box Chronicles {pictured}

//  Captain’s Compass | Spoonful {pictured}

Felt Pirate Hat | Simple Simon and Company

//  Pirate’s Map | Piikea Street

Retractable Pirate Telescope | Piikea Street

//  Rolled Newspaper Pirate Sword | Alpha Mom

Matching Game with Gold Coins | Crayon Box Chronicles

//  Sunken Treasure Discovery Bottles | Fun-A-Day

Pirate Life Costume | Dana Made It


A Princess Life


//  Fairy Dust Necklaces | Lexy Levin {pictured}

Lace Princess Crowns | Girl Inspired {pictured}

//  Felt Crown| Hellobee

Glitter Star Wand | Confetti Pop

//  Confetti Crown |Best Friends For Frosting


In The Shop


Candy Shop | Still Playing School {pictured}

//  Bubble Tea Shop | Mama.Papa.Bubba. {pictured}

Garden Centre | The Imagination Tree

//  Shopping Activity Kit | Hazelfly

Vegetable Stand | Fantastic Fun and Learning

//  Printable Play Money | Picklebums


In The Air


Hot Air Balloon Costume | Style Me Pretty Living & Ruth Eileen Photography {pictured}

//  Pilot Goggles | Grey Luster Girl {pictured}

Airplane Printables | Playdough to Plato

//  Jet Pack | One Perfect Day

Printable Astronaut| Learn Create Love

//  Airplane Costume | Oh Happy Day


I’m a Fireman


Firefighter Air Tank | Crayon Box Chronicles {pictured}

//  Firefighter Shirt | Fancy That Notion {pictured}

Fire Hose Backpack | Brave New Home on Think Crafts

//  Quilted Firefighter Hat | Twodaloo

ABC Fireman Spray | Playdough to Plato

//  Play Vest | Lisa Storms on Fiskars Craft

Firefighter Craft | Learn Create Love


I’m a Doctor


//  Doctor’s Notebook Printable | Toddler Approved {pictured}

Doctor Play Set | My Poppet {pictured}

//  Pretend Play Doctor Printables | Mama Miss

Rolling Doctor Cart | Love Them Madly

//  Doctor Kit In a Bag | Sisters Suitcase Blog

Plaster Casts for Doctor Role Play | The Imagination Tree

//  Toy Stethoscopes | Suburban Wife, City Life



You can also connect with Heather & Savannah Hope here:

Facebook // Donation Page // Blog


You can also hop on over to each of these blogs to support the Hop for Hope:

35 CRAZY FUN Ways to Paint Without Paint Brushes | Lalymom

Must Try Summer Sensory Activities | Lemon Lime Adventures

Summer Fun for Kids | Mama Smiles

Sensory Play Doughs | In The Playroom

40 Best Pretend Play Activities | Mama Miss

Great Kids Outdoor Painting Activities | The Mad House

Sensory Bin Base Ideas | Sugar Aunts

Summer Activities for Kids | FSPDT

Everything Baby | Play, Craft & Bond | The Realistic Mama

Dinosaur Activities for Kids | Fun-A-Day!

10 Unique Painting Ideas for Boys | Mamas Like Me

10 Creative Play Activities for Boys | Stir the Wonder

Fine Motor Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers | Where Imagination Grows

Small World Sensory Activities for Kids | I Heart Crafty Things

Weekend Reads: Hop for Hope | Not Just Cute

DIY Toys for Imaginative Play | B-Inspired Mama!

10 Sensory Play Activities that Explore Nature | Kitchen Counter Chronicles

8 Awesome Painting Activities | Sand In My Toes

Sensory Play With Animals {10 Activity Ideas!} | Wildflower Ramblings


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  1. Thanks for including our doctor cart on this list. You are welcome to share pictures from the post on my site. Best, Jodie

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