A Toy Box to Ignite Imagination

We love encouraging imaginative play at our house. There is nothing better than walking into a room where kids are soaring with visions of the possibilities from the unimaginable. We have discovered a few toys that encourage imagination. Take a look into our toy box for the toys that ignite our imaginations!

Animals

Our animal collection is ever growing and animals are used in both realistic and abstract play. Our kids love to sort, create habitats and even use them as players in football games.

Prextex Realistic Looking 7″ Dinosaurs Pack of 12
Prextex Realistic Looking 7″ Dinosaurs Pack of 12
$14.99
Boley 15-Piece Farm Animal Playset
Boley 15-Piece Farm Animal Playset
$22.99
iBaseToy 14 Pieces Toy Animals
iBaseToy 14 Pieces Toy Animals
$19.99
Animals Large Plastic Playset | 12 Piece Gift Set
Animals Large Plastic Playset | 12 Piece Gift Set
$19.98
Prextex Realistic Looking 7″ Dinosaurs Pack of 12
Prextex Realistic Looking 7″ Dinosaurs Pack of 12
$14.99
Boley 15-Piece Farm Animal Playset
Boley 15-Piece Farm Animal Playset
$22.99
iBaseToy 14 Pieces Toy Animals
iBaseToy 14 Pieces Toy Animals
$19.99
Animals Large Plastic Playset | 12 Piece Gift Set
Animals Large Plastic Playset | 12 Piece Gift Set
$19.98
Prextex Realistic Looking 7″ Dinosaurs Pack of 12
Prextex Realistic Looking 7″ Dinosaurs Pack of 12
$14.99
Boley 15-Piece Farm Animal Playset
Boley 15-Piece Farm Animal Playset
$22.99
iBaseToy 14 Pieces Toy Animals
iBaseToy 14 Pieces Toy Animals
$19.99
Animals Large Plastic Playset | 12 Piece Gift Set
Animals Large Plastic Playset | 12 Piece Gift Set
$19.98

Cars

The Modern Dad

Cars are great for small motor skills. Some kids love cars, William has been the only one really into them in our home. He sorts them by colors, lines them up and drives them on our tracks. We have vintage cars from our childhood and random dollar store ones. Doesn’t matter where you get them, they are always a favorite.

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug
$54.99
Disney Pixar Cars 5-Pack
Disney Pixar Cars 5-Pack
$19.99
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack
$9.23
Mickey & the Roadster Racers 10-Pack
Mickey & the Roadster Racers 10-Pack
$36.75
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug
$54.99
Disney Pixar Cars 5-Pack
Disney Pixar Cars 5-Pack
$19.99
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack
$9.23
Mickey & the Roadster Racers 10-Pack
Mickey & the Roadster Racers 10-Pack
$36.75
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Roadway Activity Rug
$54.99
Disney Pixar Cars 5-Pack
Disney Pixar Cars 5-Pack
$19.99
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack
Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack
$9.23
Mickey & the Roadster Racers 10-Pack
Mickey & the Roadster Racers 10-Pack
$36.75

Dress Ups

Dress ups are always fun to help promote imaginations. Some of our kid’s favorites are just hats that define their character. With Emily’s background in directing elementary school musicals, our kids are always acting out shows they see. Our dress up props are different than our Halloween costume collection. They are always out and available for creative play.

Liberty Imports Set of 6
Liberty Imports Set of 6
$29.95
Costumes Capes and Masks for Kids 6-patterns
Costumes Capes and Masks for Kids 6-patterns
$15.99
TOPTIE 5 Sets Role Play
TOPTIE 5 Sets Role Play
$59.99
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk 21-Piece
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk 21-Piece
$33.05
Liberty Imports Set of 6
Liberty Imports Set of 6
$29.95
Costumes Capes and Masks for Kids 6-patterns
Costumes Capes and Masks for Kids 6-patterns
$15.99
TOPTIE 5 Sets Role Play
TOPTIE 5 Sets Role Play
$59.99
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk 21-Piece
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk 21-Piece
$33.05
Liberty Imports Set of 6
Liberty Imports Set of 6
$29.95
Costumes Capes and Masks for Kids 6-patterns
Costumes Capes and Masks for Kids 6-patterns
$15.99
TOPTIE 5 Sets Role Play
TOPTIE 5 Sets Role Play
$59.99
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk 21-Piece
Disney Princess Dress Up Trunk 21-Piece
$33.05

House Play

Whether it is playing house, pretend shopping or playing with dolls. Any type of play that imitates real life will ignite a child’s imagination.

Sophia’s 18 Inch Doll Bed Furniture with Mattress
Sophia’s 18 Inch Doll Bed Furniture with Mattress
$39.95
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Jenna 12-Inch Baby
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Jenna 12-Inch Baby
$24.99
Chelsea Modern Wooden Kids Play Kitchen
Chelsea Modern Wooden Kids Play Kitchen
$123.95
50 Piece Pretend Play Food and Kitchen Set
50 Piece Pretend Play Food and Kitchen Set
$29.99
Melissa & Doug Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Melissa & Doug Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
$162.58
Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set
Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set
$25.99
A to Z Alphabet Groceries
A to Z Alphabet Groceries
$35.97
Shop ‘N Learn Smart Cart
Shop ‘N Learn Smart Cart
$47.49
Sophia’s 18 Inch Doll Bed Furniture with Mattress
Sophia’s 18 Inch Doll Bed Furniture with Mattress
$39.95
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Jenna 12-Inch Baby
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Jenna 12-Inch Baby
$24.99
Chelsea Modern Wooden Kids Play Kitchen
Chelsea Modern Wooden Kids Play Kitchen
$123.95
50 Piece Pretend Play Food and Kitchen Set
50 Piece Pretend Play Food and Kitchen Set
$29.99
Melissa & Doug Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Melissa & Doug Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
$162.58
Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set
Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set
$25.99
A to Z Alphabet Groceries
A to Z Alphabet Groceries
$35.97
Shop ‘N Learn Smart Cart
Shop ‘N Learn Smart Cart
$47.49

Legos

I have love/hate relationship with Legos! I love that they will keep my kids entertained for hours but I hate the mess. We have found that our kids love making their own creations rather than the kits sold. They really just want the guys. So whatever road you take, just know that they really can promote creative play.

LEGO Classic Bricks 1500 Piece Set

Playmobil

These are similar to Legos with not as many detached parts. Our kids live for the adventures they create with their guys and use them in any play structure we have, pirate ships, houses, castles or cars. Knights and pirates are the favorites in our home.

PLAYMOBIL Take Along Modern Doll House
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Modern Doll House
$39.99
Playmobil Spirit Riding Free Barn
Playmobil Spirit Riding Free Barn
$59.99
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Pirate Stronghold
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Pirate Stronghold
$39.95
PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit
PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit
$56.97
PLAYMOBIL Mobile Dwarf Fortress
PLAYMOBIL Mobile Dwarf Fortress
$39.99
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Modern Doll House
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Modern Doll House
$39.99
Playmobil Spirit Riding Free Barn
Playmobil Spirit Riding Free Barn
$59.99
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Pirate Stronghold
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Pirate Stronghold
$39.95
PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit
PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit
$56.97
PLAYMOBIL Mobile Dwarf Fortress
PLAYMOBIL Mobile Dwarf Fortress
$39.99
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Modern Doll House
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Modern Doll House
$39.99
Playmobil Spirit Riding Free Barn
Playmobil Spirit Riding Free Barn
$59.99
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Pirate Stronghold
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Pirate Stronghold
$39.95
PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit
PLAYMOBIL Wolf Knights’ Castle Playset Building Kit
$56.97
PLAYMOBIL Mobile Dwarf Fortress
PLAYMOBIL Mobile Dwarf Fortress
$39.99

No matter how full your toy box is, children will not use their imaginations if they are not taught how. Check out this post on engaging imaginations in children.

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