If you’re at the stage where your little one LOVES to copy Mummy or Daddy doing the cooking, you might just want to invest in a toy kitchen (not least because, otherwise, your fave pots and pans could find themselves going walkies 😂).
To help you decide what to buy, here’s our pick of some of the best play kitchens out there…
GOLD winner, Best Toy For Pretend Play, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards
What it is: This wooden mud kitchen measures 108cm x 43cm x 369cm,and has an oven with opening door, removable splash tub, refillable butt and tap.
Also included are some stainless steel pots and pans and a mixing whisk. It takes around 1 hour to assemble.
Why we love it: If your kids like mixing mud – this kitchen is soooo good. It wipes down easily and looks lovely and clean even after being covered in dirt.
Child judges for our toy awards loved the water dispenser in particular, and the fact that it came with a set of pots and pans was a bonus for many, too.
Available from: John Lewis and Pramworld
BRONZE winner, Best Toy For Pretend Play, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards
What it is: A deluge kitchen measuring 110cm x 109cm x 69cm. It has a window box, too which has carrots and onions it , plus there’s a cutting board and wooden knife, fridge with ice maker that dispenses fake cubes, 2 storage crates and a chalkboard. Assembly required.
Why we love it: child judges at our toy awards loved the one and sink in particular as they have lights. There’s lots of detail in this kitchen too, which makes it all special. Parents said their kids were kept amused for hours playing with it.
Available from: Very
Age: 18 months+
What is it? A compact, wooden, self-assembly kitchen, with large play oven, sink, shelf, clock, and hob, measuring 62.2cm (H) x 43cm (W) x 12.6cm (D). Comes with a range of wooden accessories, including a ladle, spatula, frying pan and saucepan.
Why we love it: The child judges who did the testing for our MadeForMums toy awards a couple of years ago rated this gorgeous kitchen a worthy ‘gold’ winner for its fun colours, sturdy build, small-child-friendly height and, best of all, the clicking hob-control knobs. And we think it’s stood the test of time – so it remains high our top 10.
Available from: Amazon
What is it? A small cottage-style wooden number, with play oven, cupboard, drawers, shelf, sink and hob, measuring 85cm (H) x 72cm (W) x 22cm (D). Comes with a floral apron and tea towel.
Why we love it: This kitchen is great for smaller tots. It’s not as high as some of the others, so even really little ones will be able to reach the hob and drawers. Cute as!
Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe
What is it? A very stylish retro number, with play washing machine, oven, dishwasher, microwave, sink, hob, clock, cupboard and shelves, measuring 104cm (H) x 99cm (W) x 33.5cm (D). Comes with 11 accessories including a basket and pots and pans.
Why we love it: If you’re not restricted for money and space, we think this Little Tikes number will be a HUGE hit. It hs lovely chunky knobs to twiddle, and a really substantial play area for hours of making like Bake Off.
Available from: Little Tikes
What is it? Sturdy wooden kitchen, with play oven, sink and hob, measuring 76cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 30cm (D). Comes with 9 accessories, including a frying pan and kettle.
Why we love it: This nifty little unit has the most lovely accessories – we particularly like the tea towel and salt and pepper set. And we really rate the bold black and red 80s colour scheme. Great fun for your child and beautiful to have in your house.
Available from: Argos
What is it? A brightly coloured kitchen and breakfast counter with extractor fan hood, oven, fridge, double hob, sink, washing machine and hotplate, measuring 110cm (H) x 118m (W) x 34.5cm (D). Comes with 19 accessories and needs 3 AAA batteries.
Why we love it: This is a great-value kitchen, considering all the details and extras you get. And the switch-on-and-off lights over the breakfast bar are genuinely storming small-person-pleasing touch.
Available from: Smyths Toys
What is it? A bigger-sized kitchen, with play fridge, freezer, chalkboard, oven, washing machine, microwave, storage shelf, a sink, double hob, and 5 clicking control dials. Measures 91.5cm (H) x 80cm (W) x 26cm (D).
Why we love it: If you’ve got the room, and you want to get plenty of bang for your buck, we think this grown-up looking kitchen could be just the ticket (although you’ll need to supply your own accessories). We really like the ice dispenser that actually dispenses (play) ice.
Available from: Argos
What is it? A compact, minimalist-look kitchen with play oven, sink, hob and microwave. Measures 109cm (H) x 40cm (D) x 72 cm(W) and needs 4 AA batteries.
Why we love it: The best thing about this no-frills play kitchen is that the hob has lights you can switch on (and off) to make the rings glow as though they’re getting hot like the rings on a real cooker do. We also like the height-adjustable legs, so that the kitchen can ‘grow’ with your child.
Available from: Ikea
What is it? A plastic, folding kitchen with play oven, hob, sink, microwave, spinning storage shelves and noe less than 34 accessories, including pots, plates and pans. Measures 74cm (H) x 33cm (W) x 28cm (D). Also comes in pink.
Why we love it: We really like the clever way this kitchen folds up – and how easily you could put it away if you wanted to. The spinning shelves and the brilliant range of accessories, which even includes play food, are stand-out features, too.
Available from: Little Tikes