I love children’s imaginations. They constantly amaze me with the thoughts they have, the play value they get out of the simplest thing, and their sheer boundless creativity. One of the first toys most children get, once they reach the ripe old age of 2 or 3 years or so, is generally some kind of kitchen play set. Here, they can pretend to make dinner, go shopping just like mom or dad, have a party or tea with their stuffed animals. I still remember my first kitchen set very fondly, and I was one of the biggest tom-boys around!
ToysRUs has a few excellent quality kitchen sets for children. One has a more “retro” flavor, while the others are more modern. All would be so appealing to children and would provide hours of creative play. It all depends upon your budget and the size of your child’s play area or bedroom. All are rather costly, but are extremely durable. And don’t forget, if browsing through the store, you can also pick up dishes, food play sets, table and chairs and so many other accessories to play the imaginative play even more ‘real.’
- Blue Retro Cooking Range with Sink: This may be a pricey item, at $169.99, but if you have several children, or many nieces, nephews or grandchildren, this set would pretty much pay for itself in no time. You can order this online – being new it’s not yet in stores. Made of strong and durable plywood, this retro set includes a stove (with oven) and sink, in a fun, cool retro design. Very ’50’s! Pair it with a table and chair set, cupboard, dishes and doll highchair, and your child is ready to start cooking! For ages 2+.
- Toddler 3 in 1 Play Kitchen: This set is made of durable plywood for years of play value, and features rounded corners to prevent pinching of toddler’s fingers. Features a stove/oven, sink and cupboard for storage, along with an attached backdrop. Also to be ordered online for shipping. Also pricey, at $199.99, but it’s a keeper! For ages 2+.
- Step2 Lifestyle Deluxe Kitchen with Realistic Sounds, Granite-Style Countertop & 38-piece Accessory Set: The ultimate kitchen set, available online or at local stores. This play kitchen is loaded with features, accessories and storage for your little 5-star chef. The appliances, electronic features and 338-piece accessory set make this modern kitchen a wonderful setting for imaginative play. The microwave, oven, dishwasher, stove top and phone add a realistic look to the deluxe kitchen. A special frying pan and boiling pot with lid activate electronic frying and boiling water sounds. Multiple storage drawers and cabinets, including a special compartmentalized silverware drawer and 2 fruit baskets, keep everything in its place and feature authentic handle hardware. Your child’s next step in a kitchen set, for ages 4+. Expensive at $229.99, but really – wow!