In my annual roundup of the top ten play kitchens, I had a tough time deciding which ones to pick and how to rank them - the competition between the various play kitchens was fierce. Each play kitchen has it's own speciality! I was pretty amazed at the wide range of play kitchens to choose from - there are wooden play kitchens, island type play kitchens, play kitchens with grills and many more play kitchens. Here's what I came up with.
Imagine today's modern kitchen: stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a modern faucet with a pull-out sprayer, lots of cabinets and storage areas. Step 2 has tried to replicate this look with the Lifestyle Dream Kitchen. This play kitchen requires minimal assembly and is sure to be a hit with your budding young chefs.
Many mothers are partial to wooden toys simply because they last and last and last! The KidKraft Wood Toy Kitchen has real wood cabinets. This play kitchen comes in lovely pastel shades of pleasing pink, yellow, and blue. This product has a lot of minute details such as the real working knobs used to turn on the oven. The only gripe with this pretty play kitchen is that there is no pretend play food or dishes included. Nevertheless, the great quality more than makes up for this omission.
Another great product from KidKraft! This pastel play kitchen has been modelled along the lines of an island kitchen. If you have two or more budding chefs, they can work on either side of the kitchen, performing their designated chores. And chores and activities there are aplenty - a washing machine, cooking range, microwave, and gas burners. This play kitchen will fit right into any little girl's play room!
Does your child have to have every possible Dora toy?? Well, here's another lovely Dora toy to add to their collection - Dora's Talking Kitchen. It's also perfect for those mothers who can't spare the space or just want a smaller kitchen for their little ones. A cool feature of this pretend play kitchen is the recipe card option. After inserting it and pressing the Map button, the recipe card recites the entire list of ingredients. Furthermore, a kid-sized Dora doll is included to provide great company to the little chefs.
This Little Tikes play kitchen is smaller in size and designed for simultaneous side by side play for two kids. Along with a cooking range, oven, sink, and refrigerator, this play kitchen even has a towel bar equipped with a real towel. This adorable feature adds that special touch to the play kitchen. Side by side, the affordable price really adds to the appeal of this play kitchen.
Upto this point, you've seen play kitchens meant for kids aged 3 & up. But, voila, here's a kitchen for toddlers as well - the Little Tikes Discover Sounds Kitchen. This play kitchen features differently shaped foods that make sounds when you place them in the right spots. It even features a pop up toaster which makes a sound when your "bread" is done toasting. To add to it all, this is the lowest priced kitchen in our list. Now, how cool is that?
It's a play kitchen.. no wait, it's an outdoor grill too! This 2 sided play kitchen provides double the fun with the wonderful dual play environment. One of the highlights of this play kitchen is the disappearing coffee in the coffeepot! There's a magnetic fridge door, a large sink with a faucet, an oven and a dishwasher. On the other side, you'll find a total transformation - a stone patio, a real fabric canopy and a picnic table and bench. Very different indeed!
This is THE kitchen to buy if you want the very best for your child and price is not an issue. Take a look at Guidecraft's wooden Kitchen Center. It comes with a microwave, an oven, a cooking range, a sink, and a dishwasher. What's more, the dishwasher has a removable plate rack. Aside from lots of storage space and great looks, it also features a write-on wipe-off board just like the real one on your refrigerator door. Be sure to check this play kitchen out for all the cool accessories which are included.