The problem many parents find with the toys of today is they don't stimulate children to indulge in creative and imaginative play. Even coloring books have gone electronic where the child merely picks the color and the toy fills it in. These type of toys are fine for learning hand and eye coordination or learning to ascertain what different buttons do but they do nothing to open the minds of children.
That's where pretend play toys come in.
There are a good number of toys that will entice your children to pretend they are doctors, chefs and other occupations as well as toys that let children build towns and play the part of everyone in it. Pretend play toys are great for small groups of children to learn to listen to each other's ideas as well as cooperate when making up scenarios to play out.