Even though having more little ones in my house is still in the who-knows-how-long-it’s-gonna-be future, I can’t resist toys that I know will be loved and played with for years! Thus, the Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen found its way into my living room.
This is a unique modern-styled play kitchen that it can be assembled into two different height configurations, one for toddlers and one for preschoolers.
STAGE ONE: Toddlers
In this set-up, the sink and stove sits down between the fridge and oven so that the workspace area can be reached by the littlest ones.
STAGE TWO: Preschoolers
In this arrangement, the kitchen is a more compact size and the workspace is at a more appropriate height for older children. Incidentally, it’s really quite easy to move from one configuration to the other.
Kids will feel like mini chefs as they cook because there are so many fun things to use in the play kitchen. They’ll love how the knobs on the stove and oven turn and click! The doors to the fridge, oven and microwave all open and have shelves inside, but I think the doors are slightly ill-fitting. If they’re closed tightly, they might be hard for kids to open, but if left slightly ajar, they should be fine.
There are some really fun realistic sounds on the stove top too! If the frying pan is put on the burner, it makes a sizzling sound and the sauce pot makes a bubbling sound like boiling water. (Requires 2 AA batteries)
The kitchen includes over 50 food accessories, including food items, utensils, cookware, cups and dishes, and a phone. The pot has a shape sorting lid and blocks to help with shape and color recognition.
Kids can choose to prepare cupcakes, pizza, a hamburger or a hot dog, complete with buns. The hamburger might be tricky for little hands to hold while in the bun because the plastic kind of slides around, so I wish it fit together more like a puzzle.
I really love the two little pizzas which are pre-sliced into quarters,but fit together in the pie plates. There’s also a pizza cutter so kids can pretend to cut the slices themselves. Super cute!
Overall, I can see kids enjoying hours of pretend cooking fun in this kitchen. It’s perfect for ages 18 months and older. Requires assembly.
Buy It! The Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow Kitchen is available nationwide at major retailers or can be purchased online at Amazon
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