Young children love to imitate their moms and dads, especially when it comes to all the neat things they see happening in the kitchen. Putting away groceries, cooking and washing dishes are novel concepts when you’re young! A play kitchen set can open up opportunities for little ones to stir their imaginations while using toy utensils to stir up pretend meals. While imaginary play in the kitchen has a long history, you might be pleasantly surprised by the creativity and super cute detailing of some of today’s play kitchen sets. Here are 10 of the best kitchen play sets available.
1. The Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill
When it comes to durable toys that inspire imaginative play, Little Tikes is one of the most trusted brands. The Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow BBQ Grill is a fun play set that allows children to “grill” indoors or out. The plastic grilling utensils and play food can all be stored in the grill’s base. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the knobs and buttons they can push as they play.
2. The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen
The KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen has a bit of an upscale price, but its size makes it a great toy for multiple children to enjoy. It also has a sleek and realistic look. Kids three years old and up will love all the doors they can open and close on the fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher and oven. The play set features some wonderful detailing, including a chalkboard on the freezer door and a pretend ice machine in the door of the refrigerator. Kids can even slide the oven drawer out when it’s time to get their pretend meal to the table. It comes with assembly instructions.
3. Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen
Little Tikes does it again with their Super Chef Kitchen, a sweetly complete modern play set for the three and up crowd. It has an oven, refrigerator, microwave and storage cabinet. Children will enjoy the extra special details like the towel rack, phone, and the play burners that make sounds. The set comes with a toy coffee pot and frying pan as well as some dishes. The towel rack and oven and microwave doors are styled to resemble chrome.
4. Little Tikes Splish Splash Sink & Stove
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly kitchen play set that’s compact and portable, you’ll want to check out the Little Tikes Splish Splash Sink & Stove. This plastic play set is really a one-burner stove and a sink area, but the cool thing is its working faucet and drain. It also comes with 13 accessories which you can store in its base, part of its portability.
5. The Little Tikes Cook N Grow Kitchen
The Little Tikes Cook N Grow Kitchen is an innovative play set that can “grow” along with your child. It’s a fun set with refrigerator, microwave and oven, just right for toddlers. But it can also be height adjusted so older preschoolers can continue to enjoy it as they grow. The set comes with plenty of plastic food and utensil accessories as well as neat slots and hooks where they can be sorted and put away.
6. American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen
An attractive kitchen play set for a smaller space is the American Plastic Toy Deluxe Custom Kitchen. This pink and white set features an oven, microwave and dishwasher as well as little shelves with baskets. Children three and up can enjoy its plethora of cooking sounds (you’ll need to supply the two AA batteries). It also comes with 22 accessories.
7. Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen in Pink
If you’re into pink, here’s another option, the Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen in Pink. A durable kitchen set made from wood, it can be bolted to a wall or left free-standing. Young children will enjoy opening and closing doors and turning knobs. They’ll also have fun with the play mobile phone. Kids can have a lot of fun playing clean-up with the swiveling faucet. The sink section can be removed for actual clean-up.
8. Little Tikes Get Out n’ Grill Kitchen Set
Returning to the grill theme, you’ll find the Little Tikes Get Out n’ Grill Kitchen Set. With textured plastic to look like stone, this little grill offers young kids lots of imaginary possibilities. It sports a two-level grill with a sink on one side and a burner on the other. Eight plastic pieces, including a toy hamburger and a ketchup bottle, add to the fun.
9. The Step 2 Little Bakers Kitchen
The Step 2 Little Bakers Kitchen, styled in pink and purple, is a generously detailed play kitchen set that will provide toddlers and preschoolers loads of enjoyment. It features a burner, oven, fridge and microwave, as well as a pot and pan that make cooking sounds on the play burner. Shelf space for dishes and 30 accessories are also part of the set, along with a pull-out recycling bin and a vegetable basket. It also has a sink and faucet.
10. KidKraft Vintage Kitchen in White
For a classic, old-fashioned look, it doesn’t get much better than the KidKraft Vintage Kitchen in White. Its retro look and stylish silver handles, knobs and faucets may make the grown-ups a little jealous. Large enough for multiple children to enjoy, its durable construction also makes this a play set that can last more than one generation. It comes with microwave, fridge, freezer, oven, and cabinets, all with latching doors. Kids can even see through the doors on the oven and microwave to keep track of their dinner preparation. Made with parts in wood, plastic and metal, it’s best for children three and up.