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Encourage Imaginative Play with Antsy Pants

 

My son (back when he was little) setting up his plush cats (he loves cats) for a tea party. You can see the play barbecue in the background.

In case you didn’t know, I work with children. I normally work with 4th to 6th graders, however, I am subbing as a site supervisor at a site with children ranging from kindergarten to 6th grade.

I’ve noticed that a lot of young children are really into their tablets and smartphones. They would rather fiddle around with them instead of engaging with other children and playing. Thankfully electronics are not allowed in our program. We intentionally encourage children to engage with other children and participate in team projects and games.

Growing up I was on my own a lot of the time. My sister is eight years older than me, and we didn’t really have any kids in my neighborhood that were around my age. For that reason, I had to learn to play by myself. Thankfully I have a vivid imagination.

When I was younger I could take something as simple as a box and turn it into a variety of things that would keep me entertained for hours. I used to take old clothes and make them into new clothing and accessories for my Barbie dolls.

My cousins and I used to take my Fisher Price Little People and their play sets (Castle, Airport, Gas Station), as well as some Playskool play sets (Holiday Inn) and set them up all over the playroom floor and create Disney World. My circus train acted as the monotrail that would take the Little People to the various lands in the park. I’m not entertaining when I say that my cousins and I could play with them for the entire day.

As a mom, I always encouraged my children to use their imaginations. I would purchase toys for them that they would play with for hours. They especially loved their kitchen set. My son loved to play with that and make me dinner and other treats (pretend food of course). I tried my best to buy them realistic foods too. I think that helped them when they were playing because the foods looked so real.

A company called Antsy Pants carries a variety of realistic looking FELT foods that you child/grandchild could play with for hours.

Antsy Pants is known for their adorable and fun playhouses and tents. I have never seen one in person, but they look really cool. I wish I was still a kid because I would definitely ask for them for my birthday and for Christmas.

Below are just a few of the playhouses and tents that Antsy Pants offers consumers.

My kids would have especially loved the market set (pictured above). It would have gone great with their kitchen set (they even had a little barbecue).

Antsy Pants also carries accessories, such as fruits and veggies that go with the market set. The company even sent me some of the fruits, vegetables and sweet treats to review.

I received the following adorable felt play foods.

Antsy Pants Veggies Complete Play Kit

Oh my goodness!!! Do you see how adorable these vegetables are. Just look at the lettuce. I love how leafy it is. I also think the mushrooms are darling. I love it!

This play kit comes with one bell pepper, three carrots, one head of lettuce, four mushrooms and two tomatoes. They even come in a reusable container that you can store them in and play with.

Cupcakes Play Kit

This sweet set includes two strawberry cupcakes, one chocolate cupcake and one vanilla cupcake.

When I brought the play foods to where I work, these cupcakes were the first things that kids went for.

I love how the frosting looks “swirled” on top. They are very cute and sized perfectly for children’s hands.

Donuts Play Kit

Check out these donuts! Look how perfect they are – right down to the colorful sprinkles.

These donuts came in a realistic looking donuts box. I was able to food my daughter (22 years old) and husband with these. They thought they were real donuts the first time they saw them.

Antsy Pants puts so much details into their play foods. Just look at the little blob of filling on the jelly donut that is peaking out of the side – just like a real jelly donut!

Strawberries Play Kit

This kit comes with 15 adorable, brightly colored, strawberries.

I took a picture of the container that they arrive in. It looks like like the container that strawberries come in the grocery store. Antsy Pants really went all out to make sure all the details in their felt play foods were realistic.

These are just the play foods that were sent to me to review. Antsy Pants has even more play foods. You should check them out.

I LOVE the fish! The eggs are really cute too. When you open up the egg a felt fried egg comes out.

Oh how I wish my kids were still little (for a variety of reasons). I would purchase all of the Antsy Pants felt play food sets, as well as their market set.

If you are interested in checking out what else Antsy Pants has to offer, visit them at AntsyPants.com. Make sure you look the cursor on your computer screen. Antsy Pants turns it into an ant! I love it!

The brand is also found on social media. Their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think of the Antsy Pants felt play foods? Do you think your child/grandchild would love to play with them?

How do YOU encourage imaginative play? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.