The Top 7 Toys and Products That Foster Imaginary Play

Imaginary play allows kids to role play, come up with new ideas and immerse themselves in the joy of creativity whether it’s serving up their latest pretend culinary delight in a play restaurant or view bath time as an adventure. These selections allow for kids of all ages to use their imaginations to the fullest.

Spin ’N’ Sort Spout Pro features a battery-operated bath spout that easily attaches and draws water from the tub creating an endless stream without wasting water or worrying about hot water burns from the tap. Supports STEM by introducing children to sorting, constructing and putting physics into play with spinning gear movement. Boosts fine motor skills and hand eye coordination while promoting reasoning and problem solving as children create moving experiments with spinning, colorful action. Three interchangeable, brightly colored bath cups work with spout to create different water effects for spraying, straining, and floating fun. More than 10 different water activities engage little ones in learning while playing in the tub! Easy for kids to operate. Specially designed for small hands. Swiveling arm holds the bath cups — for playing, stacking and storage. Age range: 9 months+;  MSRP: $34.95; Available in Buy Buy Baby Stores

Submarine Spray Station is a battery-operated submarine with a water circulation pumping system that draws water from the tub and recycles a safe stream of water without wasting water from the tap. Water magically streams through the diver shower head especially designed for easy grip and activation by small hands. Direct water flow into the water activity center to generate a chain reaction of surprising magical water effects in the bathtub! Age range: 2 years+; MSRP: $29.95; Available in Buy Buy Baby Stores

With HABA’s Kullerbu Spiral Track Set even toddlers can use their imaginations to create their own, custom racetrack designs! Pieces include easy-to-connect, click-together curves and straightaways as well as blocks, dominoes, and columns. Place the pieces, then let the included balls loose and watch them navigate a tight curve, arch, even a ringing bell! Great for years of unplugged, creative play time, the Spiral Ball Track set is interchangeable with all Kullerbu sets. Age range: 2 years+; MSRP: $59.99; Available online:

HABA’s Musical Glove Puppets come in multiple characters (each sold separately) including: Monkey, Elephant, Donkey, Crocodile, and Rhino and are the perfect toys for imaginary play! Puppet shows and more are ahead for your child and these adorable, musical puppets! Age range: 1 ½ years+; MSRP: $15.99 each; Available online:

Tired of trying to keep your child at the dinner table? With Marcus and Marcus’ Amusemat, make family meals instantly fun, imaginative, and creative with a bright playground made of dish washable food grade silicone rubber to house everything from veggies to light snacks to four-course meals.  It’s a wonderful way to increase their appetite and keep their attention.

Available Colors/Characters: Marcus the Lion (Red) / Pokey the Pig (Pink) / Lola the Giraffe (Yellow) / Ollie the Elephant (Green) / Willo the Whale (Purple)

Age range: 6 months+; MSRP: $24.99; Available Online:

With Learning Resources’ Serve It Up! Play Restaurant, kids can have a blast running their own pretend restaurant! Teaches food groups, counting, early money skills, and role play. Write-and-wipe materials provide reusability factor for repeat play. Placemats combine educational content with fun “restaurant-style” menu activities. Set of 35 pieces includes 1 serving tray, 2 plastic plates, 10 food pieces, 2 write-and-wipe placemats, 1 write and-wipe menu, 1 write-and-wipe check, 1 five-dollar bill, 5 one-dollar bills, and 13 coins.

Dimensions: Plastic tray measures 8”; placemats measure 11” x 81/2”

Age range: 3 years+; MSRP: $24.99; Available online:

SoapSox Disney line allows for endless play in and out of the tub. SoapSox is a collection of unique, soft, and colorful characters that make bathing fun for kids and easier for parents. Soap is placed into the mouth of most SoapSox and rests in the characters belly. Made using a soft terrycloth exterior and an anti-microbial sponge interior, when filled with soap and water can be worked into a lather for a fun bath time experience. Simply add soap, water, and scrub!
Characters: Nemo, Ariel, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Flounder, and Squirt
Age range: Birth+; MSRP: $14.99; Available online: Nemo:; Ariel:; Mickey, Minnie, Flounder, and Squirt:

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