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A Tale of Two Princesses and the Power of Pretend Play

Some things are universal. Things like family, music, dance, and play. If there’s one thing that kids do naturally and innately, regardless of gender, ethnicity, culture, language, or religion, it’s pretend play. Its importance can’t be overstated. Imaginative play helps kids develop cognitively and socially, and playing pretend with another child means they’re also practicing turn-taking, perspective-taking, communication skills, cognitive flexibility, problem-solving, and empathy.

This is Princess Kay. She’s normally a cheerful little girl who loves singing and drawing pictures for her friends, but today she’s feeling very sad. You see, her bunny rabbit went out for an early morning hop and hasn’t returned yet. When Daisy didn’t come home on time, Princess Kay decided to look for her.

And this is Princess Tee. This little princess has a secret: she’s actually a fairy in disguise! Today she’s come to the forest to pick wild flowers for her mother’s birthday.

While Tee is picking dandelions, she runs into a teary-eyed Kay. “What’s the matter?”

Kay explains that she is looking for her pet bunny, and Tee offers to help. The two new friends embark on their search.

The little princesses walk through the forest together looking for Daisy. They look under mushrooms, inside a big hollow tree, among the rose bushes… And then Princess Tee spies someone brown and fuzzy under an old, mossy tree. There she is!

Princess Kay is overjoyed to find Daisy and gives her a big hug! Daisy was frightened when she lost her way home, but now she’s feeling much better.

The new friends play together all afternoon.

And the two little princesses become lifelong friends. What will their next adventure bring?

Our Tale of Two Princesses story and photo shoot were inspired by these exquisite princess gowns from Great Pretenders. Their gowns are made in Canada with real fabrics and trimmings, and sewn to last.

Tee’s Renaissance Gown is a full-length pink and gold gown made from textured shimmer satin and lace, and trimmed with golden ruffles, bows, and a pearl beaded neckline. She’s wearing a Garden Flower Halo with large and small roses hot glued to an adjustable plastic band and finished with long, trailing organza ribbons.

Kay’s Royal Princess Fuchsia Dress is made from satin and crushed velour. This vibrant pink gown features a glitter printed organza inset, a satin ruffled neckline, full sleeves, and a poofy princess skirt. There’s lots of stretch and room to grow in this dress. Her adjustable Pink Rose Garland Halo features delicate roses glued onto a ribbon-wrapped plastic base. The long fuchsia ribbons are finished with glittering gems on the ends..

Great Pretenders is your source for quality made in Canada play dresses and costumes for your budding pirate, mermaid, princess, superhero, knight, dinosaur, fairy, and more. You’ll also find accessories, dress-up jewelry, Colour-A-Costumes, and soft baby toys. Orders over $30 ship FREE to Canada and the US!

Win a Great Pretenders Costume

One of my readers will win a Colour-A-Costume courtesy of Great Pretenders. Each Colour-A-Costume comes with a set of markers and will provide your child hours of colouring and pretend play fun!

Enter in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All the winner’s entries will be verified.

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Disclosure: I received sample items to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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  • This is a great site, my granddaughter has the Cinderella dress and just loves it and wears it all the time, I also would love to get her the Fairy Blossom Deluxe Dress – Includes Dress and Wings

  • My granddaughter would go insane over the Belle Tea Party dress. She loves Belle and yellow is her favorite color.

  • My granddaughters would love to have the ROYAL PRETTY IN PINK, they love dressing up, especially like a princess 🙂

  • I am sure my nephew would love to have the Firefighter – With accessories in garment bag.

  • My son would adore the 3 piece pirate set!! He loves pretending to be a pirate and it wouldn’t be complete without an awesome foam sword 😉

  • My daughter would love the doctor or Batman costume. I wish they had a mining outfit (coveralls and helmet) — she would pick that for sure!

  • My little dude would love to rock the Spider Cape set. He is so obsessed with SpiderMan and this would make him so happy! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • I think my daughter would love this adorable Ballet Tutu dress:

  • Wow! My daughter would most love to play in the Blue Mermaid Dress. I have never seen anything like it…it’s beautiful. She would be playing Ariel all the time and singing with passion. 🙂

  • Great Pretenders has so many beautiful outfits for kids to play dress up in. My grandniece would love the princess gown Royal Pretty in Pink to play in. She is a definite girly girl & everything has to be pink.

  • I really like the TRex Hooded Cape. Thanks for the awesome giveaway opportunity! I have also found a site for some really great Christmas presents!

  • My little guy loves firetrucks and just went on a visit to the fire station so I am sure that he would like the fireman outfit.

  • ok there is way too many cute things LOL. my youngest daughter would love the Rapunzel Tea Party Dress and the jewelry she would take it all

  • There is so many cute choices but my little man would definitely love the Spider Cape Set. He loves superheroes and he would probably never take it off lol. These will make awesome gifts for my nieces and nephews too!

  • It’s so nice that they have boys dress up too! We come from a boating family so pirates would be the ideal costume.

  • Ooooh tough one, I love the colour a skirt and I think my daughter would love the Princess cape!

  • I love the Renaissance Queen Gown in pink. Any little girl would feel like a princess or queen wearing this gown. The dresses are beautiful.

  • My nice would love the Royal Princess Fuchsia Dress because she is princess crazy and can name every Disney princess there is.

  • My daughter love to run around and pretend she is a bird or butterfly. The colour a butterfly is the perfect one for her.

  • Such an innovative company! I love the Colour-A-Puppet set! Two reversible puppets! Clever idea.

  • I think my daughter would really love to play with the Reversible Snow White & Belle Cape – she loves both characters, so I think she would have fun being both!

  • West Coast Mommy, please consider ending your giveaways on West Coast P(S/D)T time. Thanks.

    • Hi James, thanks for commenting! I used to do this, but since all the other websites and link ups used Eastern Time, it was confusing for a lot of people and more work for me as I had to manually change all the settings. I realize it’s not ideal for you, and I apologize for the inconvenience. As a general rule, all my giveaways end at 9pm Pacific (midnight Eastern).