We received a play kitchen from my parents when the boys were young but sadly it has not been played with very often secondary to its size (too small for more than 1 child) and lack of stability (flimsy and tends to fall over). When I was given the opportunity to review a kitchen from Step2 I was very excited.
Sold exclusively at Toys R’ Us
This bright and cheerful kitchen creates smiles all around! Made in USA of US and imported parts: Some accessories made in China.
- The colorful backsplash, farmhouse sink and working shutters are a perfect backdrop for creative play!
- Electronic Stove top, microwave and phone create a realistic experience (requires 6 “AA” and 2 “AAA” batteries, not included)
- Kids feed their pets and empty the recycling bin, just like at home!
- The large storage in the fridge and freezer along with cabinets and bins make for easy clean-up!
- Several kids can play together in this spacious kitchen, cooking up their latest concoctions
- Includes a 39 piece accessory set
Retails for $199.99
My take: Throughout this year I have vowed to put every single product that I receive together by myself if possible, so I was determined to assemble this kitchen without help. The instructions were for the most part easy to follow (very little wording with the majority of them pictorial) except for a few parts. There were two steps I had a hard time figuring out where the assembling was occurring- secondary to close-up shots with no frame of reference. Once I figured those out the rest was simple to complete except for the placement of the screw holes for the microwave buttons were in the wrong place.
I love how bright and colorful this kitchen is….it can easily be used by either gender and there is tons of space for multiple children to play simultaneously. This is the first kitchen I have ever seen that has a pet center and a recycling bin both of which lead to great learning lessons. My kids will practice remembering to feed their “pets” (stuffed animals) and take turns emptying the recycling bins. Some other great features…the sounds found on the stove (boiling water and the sizzle of the frying pan), the phone and the microwave buttons.
I also like the little features….the stickers that make the pet bowls look like they are full of water and food, the food cooking in the microwave and stove, the “features” of water and ice on the refrigerator and the oven temperature. The accessories are great as well…an oven mitt, dish towel, plates, cups, bowls and utensils. There are also hooks to hang the accessories above and on the side of the stove/oven and a plate rack on the top of the kitchen set. There is tons of storage found in the upper cabinet, the baskets under the sink and the deep refrigerator and freezer. Another cool feature the shutters that open and close.
I would definitely recommend an electric drill to help speed up the assembly process but I was pretty impressed that I was able to set-up the entire kitchen by myself. Here is a picture of the assembled kitchen:
It is sturdy and allows more than one child to play at a time which were my main requirments. We also get the added bonus of all the cool features I described above!
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