Role play toys are great for helping kids use their imaginations. Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo joined Family Circle Lifestyle Editor Suzanne Rust to talk about some great new role-play toys for the summer. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for our complete rundown of the best gifts for the season, check out our Spring and Summer gift guide.


  • Low-tech enhancements provide a gentle vibrating purr to the lovely Folkmanis Purring Cat puppet.
  • This mellow and easy-going gray British Shorthair also has a movable mouth and swishable tail that will captivate any feline fan.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP $63.99
  • Available: Amazon and specialty retailers


  • Fingerlings Minis are the latest addition to the Fingerlings family and they’re the cutest pencil toppers ever!
  • Each blind bag comes with a “mystery” mini Monkey, Unicorn, or Sloth. But they don’t all have the same status! Will yours be rated as popular, rare, exotic, or ultra-rare?
  • Collect them all and challenge your friends!
  • Bonus: Each pack comes with a mix & match bracelet and tail charm. Collect them all!
  • Age: 5+
  • MSRP: $2.99 for single blind bag / $7.99 for 3-pack
  • Canadian MSRP: $3.99 for single bling bag / $9.99 for 3-pack
  • Available: Walmart


  • Easily converts from a rocker to a roller without tools.
  • Press left ear to hear the exclusive “I’m a Little Pony” song, press right ear to hear six fun talking phrases and sound effects.
  • Talks and sings with a synchronized moving mouth.
  • Soft, huggable plush available in brown or pink.
  • Realistic mane and tail, embroidered eyes.
  • Easy-grip handles and non-slip foot steps.
  • Parent volume control.
  • Seat Height: 12.5 (rocker) 10 (roller)
  • Batteries: Three AA included
  • Age: 12 to 36 months, Weight Limit: 40 lbs.
  • MSRP $59.99
  • Available:,,, Walmart,