What Emulation Toys Fit Your Family?

Toddlers love to play with toys that let them model the behavior of mom and dad. In our home those toys are pretty mundane… a kitchen, a medical kit (mom is a nurse) and a doll version of our Maya Wrap. My daughter likes to emulate dad ironing his shirts at a friend’s house where there is a toy iron. She has asked for her own laptop.

Here are a few emulation toys I laughed out loud at when I saw them. They are funny to me, but maybe perfect for you.

Photo of the Pretend and Play Office Set

Pretend and Play Office Set by Learning Resources consists of 74 pieces, including a day planner, laptop, pretend stapler, cell phone, ID badge, coffee mug, write and wipe paychecks and a crayon "pen." It’s never too early to give a child a tension headache. And what’s with the 74 pieces? I count about 30 in the product photo. Maybe they throw in 44 more crayons? For ages 3-and-up.

Photo of the My First Craftsman Chainsaw and Goggles.

My First Craftsman Chainsaw and Goggles by Mammoth Toys comes with a motorized "chain" and sound effects. Wouldn’t you just love your kid running around the home with a fake chainsaw grinding away. For ages 4-and-up. Also see: Home Depot Chainsaw.

Photo of the Let's Pretend Grill-and-Go Camp Stove

Let’s Pretend Grill-and-Go Camp Stove by Educational Insights is a propane gas stove replica that uses batteries to generate boiling and sizzling sounds while illuminating the stove burners. A pot, pan and four utensils are included.  How odd that of all the exciting things that occur on a camping trip, kids would emulate the kitchen.  The closest I came to emulating camping trips was wanting to pitch a tent indoors (never happened) and sleep in the backyard in a sleeping bag (did happen).  For ages 3-and-up.

Photo of the Jr. Shave 'N Play Kit

Jr. Shave ‘N Play Kit by Small World Toys is a robust 15-piece plastic toy shaving kit. I’m amused because not only does it have a electric shaver and a disposable razor, but there is a straight razor, too! I briefly entertained the idea of using a straight razor a couple months ago. I couldn’t locate a brick ‘n’ mortar store selling straight razors. How old is this toy? Is it perhaps sold in a country where straight razors are still commonly used? For ages 3-and-up.

The question of the hour is, what emulation toys do your kids play with? What non-existent emulation toys would they like to play with?


3 Responses to “What Emulation Toys Fit Your Family?”

  1. judy says:

    Okay, this is so funny it just made me do a spit take…I can at least get why the kid would like all of them (especially the chain saw) except for the camping stove…how extremely odd.

    March 13th, 2007 at 11:29 am

  2. Marketing Mommy says:

    What, the office set doesn’t come with a Blackberry? My daughter covets mine.

    Haven’t found a toy appropriate for emulating her Daddy’s work. He’s a music journalist, so I’m thinking we’d need a notebook, concert tickets, ear plugs and a laptop. Oh, and mammoth CD collection.

    Instead we just get the happy announcement: “I’m a Daddy! I’m going to work. I gonna see a concert.”

    March 13th, 2007 at 12:02 pm

  3. Kind of Crunchy Mama says:

    I think my brother had a toy shaving kit oh about 20 yrs ago. No straight razor though. Just the disposibles. The straight razor seems like it belongs in the toy serial killer kit.

    March 14th, 2007 at 7:51 am

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