Pretend Play Toys from Kaplan Toys
Pretend play toys from Kaplan Toys make learning fun for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, helping foster developmentally appropriate skills with educational products that have been trusted by parents, teachers, and child development experts for years. Our pretend play toys are designed to sharpen emerging senses and skills and encourage young children to further develop their curiosity about the world around them. Pretend and play toys further expand a child's developing creative skills, allowing little boys and girls to try on another's identity and gain empathy. Play kitchens and play food are a great way to teach kids about nutrition and the fun of cooking, with pieces that are designed to mimic the real thing. Let the kids learn more about science and human interaction by having them put on a doctor's costume and using a doctor kit to take your blood pressure or temperature.
As children develop the ability to represent experience symbolically, pretend play becomes a prominent activity. In this complex type of play, children carry out action plans, take on roles, and transform objects as they express their ideas and feelings about the social world.
Roles are identities children assume in play. Some roles are functional: necessary for a certain theme. For example, taking a trip requires passengers and a driver. Family roles such as mother, father and baby are popular, and are integrated into elaborate play with themes related to familiar home activities. Children also assume stereotyped character roles drawn from the larger culture, such as nurse, and fictional character roles drawn from books and television, such as He-Man. Play related to these roles tends to be more predictable and restricted than play related to direct experiences such as family life
Our selection of learning toys and dramatic play items has been carefully chosen and organized by age groups so it's easy to choose a developmentally appropriate product. We also offer playroom accessories so that you can outfit your play area with fun items that kids of all ages will love, as well as a great selection of arts and crafts products that will have the kids begging to get creative.
Kaplan started in 1951 when Leon and Renee Kaplan (Mr. and Mrs. K) opened a toy store in Greensboro, North Carolina. They expanded the business in 1952 by opening a second store in Winston Salem, North Carolina and then multiple locations in late 1950 and early 1960. In 1968, Kaplan School Supply was founded which affirmed their commitment to children by introducing toys that teach.
For well over 35 years the Kaplan name has been synonymous with children and providing products that promote learning while playing. The company has continued to be a strong leader in the field of early care and education. We know that children are our future and we provide products that enhance creativity, explore learning, and encourage independence.
We are very excited to provide this online toy store offering both familiar and unique items for children birth to 6 years. You will recognize many name brands like Little Tikes®, Chicco®, and Crayola® – but you'll also find many items that are only available from Kaplan.
Madamoiselle Doll House with Furniture Janod Price: $159.99 Racing Magnetic Wall Decoration and track Janod Price: $42.99 Madamoiselle Maxi Cooker - Pink Janod Price: $104.99 Cure It! Doctor Set Learning Resources Price: $24.95 Story Box City Janod Price: $26.99 Sprig™ Dino Adventure Rig Schylling Price: $26.99 Little Red School House Tent Pacific Playtents Price: $89.95 Fix It! My Very Own Tool Kit Learning Resources Price: $24.95 Eco-Friendly Plastic Cookware and Dining Set Green Toys Price: $44.95 Polka Dot Apron Set Sassafrass Price: $21.95 Breyer Canterwood Crest - Chasing Blue Horse and Book Set Reeves International Price: $24.99 Grill Fisher Price Toys Price: $36.95 Breyer Camila Springtime Foal Reeves International Price: $44.95 Breyer Canterwood Crest Take the Reins Horse and Book Set Reeves International Price: $24.95 Wooden Nativity Set Melissa & Doug Price: $27.95 Best Friends Magnetic Dress-Up Melissa & Doug Price: $27.95 Chloe & Zoe Magnetic Dress-Up Melissa & Doug Price: $19.95 In the Kitchen - Kitchen Little Tikes Price: $36.95 Voice Changer - Colors may vary Toysmith Price: $14.95 Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress Up Melissa & Doug Price: $19.95 Sale Price: $13.95 Story Express - Fire Fighters Janod Price: $74.99 Story Farm Train Janod Price: $15.99 Snowtime Anytime Inflatable Snow Fort Play Visions Price: $42.95 Marvin's Magic Lights From Anywhere Jr. Reeves International Price: $19.95 My Little Sandbox® Play Set - Bug's World Be Good Company Price: $29.95 My Little Sandbox® Play Set - Fairy Garden Be Good Company Price: $29.95 Snowtime Anytime Snowballs - 6 Pack Play Visions Price: $7.95 Snowtime Anytime Snowballs 15-Pack Play Visions Price: $19.95 Marvin's Amazing Magic Tricks Set 1 Reeves International Price: $11.95 Marvin's Magic 100 Amazing Magic Tricks Reeves International Price: $39.95 Deluxe Kitchen Set (71 pcs.) Toysmith Price: $40.95 International Food Collection Price: $19.95 - $94.95 Americana Table and Chairs Little Tikes Price: $55.95 Musical Phone Chicco Price: $19.95 Chatter Telephone Fisher Price Toys Price: $10.95 Healthy Food Set Kaplan Early Learning Company Price: $59.95 101 Piece Play Food Assortment Step 2 Price: $35.95 Dish Drainer International Playthings Price: $22.95 Real Projects Workshop Step 2 Price: $92.95 International Foods - Pretend Groceries Guidecraft Price: $27.50 Cozy Pumper Little Tikes Price: $32.95 Mighty Mixer HAPE Price: $24.95 Lifestyle Gourmet Cafe Kitchen Step 2 Price: $129.95 Sale Price: $99.95 Vinyl Career Figures (Set of 12) Marvel Education Company Price: $33.95 Toolbox Fill and Spill Melissa & Doug Price: $24.95 Steven Joseph Quilted Apron - Cupcake Stephen Joseph Price: $19.95 Ella Color Changing Surprise Reeves International Price: $19.95 Lil' Chef's Kitchen Set Price: $29.95 Tool Box Small World Toys Price: $20.95 Supermarket Set Kaplan Early Learning Company Price: $35.95 Pretend Play Wooden Cooking Set Stephen Joseph Price: $29.95 Cooking Set - Cupcake Stephen Joseph Price: $21.95 Crazy Aaron's Putty - Krypton Crazy Aaron's Putty World Price: $10.95 Steven Joseph Quilted Apron - Owl Stephen Joseph Price: $19.95 TOLO® First Friends Playhouse Reeves International Price: $69.95 Steven Joseph Pretend Play Owl Design Cooking Set Stephen Joseph Price: $21.95 Junior Helper™ Broom Set Schylling Price: $15.95 Snowtime Anytime Snowballs - 30 Pack Play Visions Price: $29.95 Little Doctor Kit International Playthings Price: $24.95 Vet Kit Toysmith Price: $35.95