|Melissa and Doug Puppet Theatre|
When our kids were growing up, they would often move a piece of furniture and put on a puppet show for us. They had a variety of stuffed animal-type puppets, but if they didn't have a puppet to fill the role, they'd just use a regular stuffed animal. Puppets are so much fun for imaginary play.
Here's a good article from grandparents.com (where, I understand, one of the columnists is actually a founder of Melissa and Doug!) about the Power of Puppets. The author mentions that putting on a puppet show is like telling a story, so maybe puppetry promotes fiction writing.
At any rate, I'll let you know if we get the puppet theatre, and try to get some good pictures of the kids putting on a puppet show.