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Bring out the inner chef in your child with a toy kitchen. You can choose from a broad variety of kitchen play sets which can range from realistic-looking sets to child-friendly scaled down kitchens your child would love to be play. Most of these play sets come with cookware and even the kitchen sink! If you want your kid to show their love of cooking, let them start early with a toy kitchen play set!
There will come a time when you notice that your child takes a higher level of interest on a particular object, event, or activity. While in this context, your kid’s eyes might shine with glee as they watch cooking shows with you. Let them start early on their path to becoming a great chef with a toy kitchen set. With this type of playset, your child can pretend that he or she is the master of his kitchen. After all, many children have their imaginations running wild, so why not direct those happy thoughts into something that might even help cement their future profession, right?
The toy kitchen play set can help your child’s imagination run wild in a more productive manner. They can even play with their siblings, or perhaps even with their friends, they’ve met in playschool. There are a lot of possibilities your child can do when they have their kitchen set to play around. Help your kid bring out the “Master Chef” in them with their very own toy kitchen set.
KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
If you’re looking for a big toy kitchen that looks realistic and is big enough to allow multiple kids to play, then this is one of the best items on this list. If other sets tell you that they’ve included everything except the kitchen sink, well this set has a kitchen sink! The overall design of the playset is meant to look like a scaled down realistic kitchen. It means that at first glance, you’d think that it’s a real kitchen on pictures until you realized that’s it’s a third or even a quarter the size of a real kitchen.
The set comes with realistic details such as using plastic, metal, and wood for fittings. For parents, the whole set feels like a kitchen divider that has doors designed to mimic the look of real household appliances such as an oven or a refrigerator. That said, those compartments can be used to store the included accessories such as a ladle and cooking pot. The accessories are finished in realistic materials such as a metallic looking pot and utensils.
The main construction of the set is made of composite wood mainly compacted wood fibers that maintains enough rigidity without adding too much weight to keep the entire set relatively light. The utensils plastic with a metallic look. Metal parts include most of the structural bracing such as the bolts used to fasten the parts together as well as hinges and some accessories such as the burner and other details.
American Plastic Toys Deluxe Custom Kitchen
Going for the more traditional toy-like design, the American Plastic brand Deluxe Custom Kitchen set is one of the cheapest toy kitchens in this list. The compact form factor makes it easy to store, and the clever compartmentalization keeps everything clutter-free which is a plus for parents whenever they need to clean up after their children.
The set comes fully featured with lights and sounds that add some interaction with the play set. The burners light up and come on with sounds that simulate real life cooking sounds such as sizzling sounds when frying or bubbling sounds when simmering a dish. The bottom has two removable mini wicker baskets which you can use to store all the accessories of the set and keep them in a safe location avoiding clutter.
The set has 22 separate accessories that include plastic cooking utensils such as a pots, pans, knives, spatulas, and even measuring cups. Everything is made from durable, non-toxic plastic that’s easy to clean and are safe for kids to use. The set comes with numerous integrated kitchen items such as a microwave, a fridge, dishwasher, and lots of shelf space.
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen
If you’re short on space, the Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is the perfect kitchen play set for your kid. Instead of using a scaled-down design, the folks at Little Tikes always love to put their spin on their products. For this case, the kitchen set is made to look as kid-friendly as possible by using out of proportion designs that are just the perfect fit for kids. Because the set is not concerned with scaling, you can easily put this set in the corner of the house and forget it even exists. Everything on the set has its place such as dedicated slots where your kid can store plates. Thanks to the out of proportion design, Little Tikes can make this set super safe for kids to use by intentionally making kitchen items too big on certain parts so that kids won’t swallow small items.
The set is completely devoid of theme. Every piece in this set is purposely designed to not fit in an average child’s mouth no matter how they orient it. It comes in handy because a fake kitchen with plastic accessories only means something is going into someone’s mouth. Running into trouble with small toys getting ingested can spell disaster to a toy company’s reputation.
The set includes a coffee pot, a plate set just for two, two forks, two knives, two spoons, one frying pan, and an included phone for whatever reason. Maybe the designers thought it was still the middle of the 90’s when designing the set.
Little Tikes Cook ‘N Store Kitchen Play Set
If the previous Little Tikes item put you off with its rather unrealistic styling but still want something safe for small children to use, then the Little Tikes Cook ‘N Store Kitchen Play Set is a clever way for your kids to play pretend kitchen. The kitchen is a self-contained package that’s easy to store and keeps all its accessories within its shelf and storage space. It means that you can easily store all the included accessories in one place so when your kid wants to play with it, he or she can just open it up and set everything up.
As a bonus, you can teach your child to learn how to clean up after playing so you can reduce the amount of work needed to be done at home by having your kids clean up after themselves. The set comes in a compact configuration that can be fully expanded to its actual design to save expenses in transport. Assembly is as easy as snapping together a few parts such as fake window and microwave oven platform with exhaust vent and taking out the accessories from their respective holders within the box. Once that’s done, you can teach your child how to cook in their pretend kitchen and leave them to have fun, or you can be their guest and allow them to serve you their pretend culinary creations.
Naomi Home Kids Gourmet Kitchen Set
Coming in second in price and features when compared to the KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen, the Naomi Home Kids Gourmet Kitchen Set is another modern design scaled down kitchen that lets your children feel like they’re in an actual kitchen. It seems that the espresso color is all the rage nowadays when it comes to kitchen design, the dark colors and silver trim on the appliances just go together so well that the result is what the modern kitchen may have looked like during the 60’s minus all the chrome.
The kitchen play set comes with a toy refrigerator with lots of shelf space, and it even includes pretend ice on a tray as well as a water dispenser graphic on the door of the fridge. The countertop is plastic with a unique wrap that imitates the look and feel of a granite counter and along it comes a kitchen sink and stove set. The stove has knobs that have a mechanical clicking sound that makes it feel realistic, and the sink along with the faucet and utensils are all finished in chrome.
At first glance, you’d think that the kitchen is an actual modern kitchen until you notice that everything has been scaled down to perfectly fit in kids hands much like how kid’s classrooms look so tiny after you grow up and compare it to high school or college classrooms.
Playing pretend is the best way for your kids to develop their goals in life. At this early stage of their life, they can discover what they love in life and maybe aspire to become what they’re pretending to be. If you’d like your child to become a fine chef someday, you can start them out early with a kitchen play set. If you’re interested in buying a kitchen play set, the most important thing is safety. Make sure that everything in the set has been approved to be non-toxic and safe for children to use. It is important because they’re working with pretend food, there’s a high chance that some of the accessories in the set will end up in your child’s mouth, so it’s best to be one step ahead in safety.