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Craft Ideas Perfect for Pretend Play

by Jean Van't Hul
March 30, 2022
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Craft ideas for kids that can also be used for pretend play for double the creative fun. First, children enjoy making the craft, then they can play with it.

Updated January 2022

If your kids are anything like ours, they LOVE pretend play! There’s nothing better than watching them get into imaginative play and seeing where it takes them. But what about crafts for pretend play?!

You know, for double the fun.

First, get creative making something, whether a cardboard dollhouse, a unicorn from a toilet paper roll, or some melted crayon rocks, then get creative playing with it.

Because we all know how important kids’ play is, right?!

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”

– Mr. Rogers

And that’s just one of many reasons play is important!

So here are some fun things for kids to make and then play with. And many of these make great gifts, too, from one kid to another.

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Craft Ideas for Pretend Play

cardboard castle
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul
Rainbow of no cook playdough
Photo by Rachel Withers
paper wings
Photo by Danielle Falk
flower crowns
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul
magic forest out of cardboard
Photo by Eleanor Ford
Hand puppets for kids
Photo by Danielle Falk
magnetic building set
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul
arranging painted rocks
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul
  • Make story stones then use them to act or tell out stories.
  • Try melted crayon rocks (one of our very favorites!) then use them in a multitude of ways for creative play activities
DIY play mat
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Any other craft ideas for kids that double for pretend play?

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