Now here’s a social holiday with a ton of crunch: Wednesday, October 4, marks National Taco Day, and Melissa & Doug is ready to celebrate!
If you’re a parent or caregiver with kiddos that crave tacos, National Taco Day is the perfect occasion to introduce some new pretend play fun into your child’s developmental diet.
Curated from our well-crafted, high-quality selection, here are four screen-free, imaginative pretend play toys that will deliver untold hours of open-ended developmental fun for National Taco Day and beyond!
Pretend play fun to celebrate National Taco Day
ALL THE FIXINS’!
Spice up playtime with touchable, tactile taco play food pieces! Fill a happy-faced, fabric-covered soft taco shell with crinkling, squishy, multi-textured pieces to delight the senses. Pull out the pieces and refill the taco again and again! The Soft Taco Fill & Spill is an engaging way to help infants six months and older develop important sensory, fine motor, and color recognition skills. Adorable, diverse characters and a variety of fun shapes and textures encourage exploratory, skill-building play.
Create pretend play tacos, burritos, fajitas, and more! Choose play food ingredients, pretend to grill sliceable wooden ingredients on the skillet, fill a felt tortilla or a durable hard taco shell, and serve with a choice of play toppings! The 43-piece set includes three reusable, double-sided menu and recipe cards, and a wooden knife and spoon. Fun play food sides, fillings, and toppings include sliceable proteins and vegetables, felt rice, beans, cheese, and crema, a hot sauce bottle, and a salsa bottle that "squirts" string. Kids 3 and older will love choosing, chopping, grilling, and filling to create play versions of some of their favorite meals!
DRESS FOR SUCCESS!
Come 'n get it! This set has everything an aspiring chef needs to cook up yummy treats. The role play costume includes a chef's jacket with big pockets and red-gingham accents, chef's hat, oven mitt, three wooden utensils, a set of plastic measuring spoons, and a name tag so kids can personalize their outfit. The Chef Role Play Set is sized to fit boys and girls ages 3 & up. The high-quality fabrics and solid construction ensure durability so little ones can wear it over and over again. The jacket can be machine washed, and it comes with accessories that can easily be wiped clean. With authentic chef details, these role-play accessories encourage lots of exciting pretend play for little master chefs!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
There’s plenty of room to get playtime cooking and to satisfy hungry imaginations in this roomy two-in-one food truck play tent! With service windows on both sides, the large, sturdy fabric playhouse stands more than 3 feet tall and nearly 4 feet long, giving plenty of space for multiple kids to play. This unique play space comes packed with playful details, such as door and window flaps that roll up, a roof flap that opens, mesh fabric in the front window, and durable floor material. It comes with a double-sided reusable menu to make ordering extra fun. The play tent is easy to assemble and easy to pack away in the handy take-along storage tote.
BONUS: FREE NATIONAL TACO DAY PRINTABLE ACTIVITY!
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