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Great Pretender

Top toys, books, boardgames, and technology for your fantasy-loving kid.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Who needs ho-hum

reality when you have make-believe with your friends? Your child loves nothing more than to embark on flights of collaborative fancy, creating worlds beyond a mere mortal's imaginings. In your child's masterful hands, stuffed animals become a complex extended family, a play date with a friend an occasion for an afternoon of improvisation. Pretend play allows fantasy-loving kids to complete the illusion of being a hungry bear or teeny golden-haired intruder. As they grow older, book series about supernatural worlds offer hours of unparalleled pleasure and the right technological toys can transport your original thinker to unthinkable interactive universes. Here is a list of our favorite things for your greatest of pretenders.