Spark your kids’ imaginations with toys that let them interact and pretend! Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht joined Family Circle Magazine for their “25 Days of Toys” to talk about the best toys for make-believe. 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 holidays, check out our complete holiday gift guide.


  • This wooden kitchen with sleek design and clean lines blends seamlessly with today’s home decor. It features 360-degree, all around play giving little chefs a new way to cook and create together.
  • Step2’s first collection of wooden kitchens comes with durable wood construction, and premium “stainless steel” and “wood” finishes.
  • Oven and fridge feature a window insert, upper frame have “wire” shelving that double as storage space,and stovetop has square grates and clicking knobs for enhanced role play.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $159.99
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us,

Antsy Pants Build and Play Vehicles (Antsy Pants)

  • Antsy Pants Build and Play Kits are now available in vehicles. Each Build and Play Kit contains everything kids need to build their own vehicle.
  • The sets are made with durable Snap and Click poles and connectors to ensure the structure stays strong and durable.
  • Assembly is made easier with color-coded poles and connectors.
  • Available vehicles include: train, 4 x 4, School Bus, Fire Truck, Pickup Truck and Construction Vehicle.
  • Encourages imaginative and active play.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Available: Target