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I wanted a "big" present for my little girls first Christmas but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I was shopping in Toys R Us with my friend and spotted the Fisher Price Laugh And Learn Kitchen, and the look of it alone made it hard to resist buying!! It was on offer, i think it was about £40 if i can remember rightly. It hadn't really crossed my mind to get her a kitchen but on having a closer look at this one it didnt take long to make up my mind.
I built the kitchen the night before Christmas and it didn't take long at all, which was brilliant as i was doing it on my own. The kitchen itself is double sided, on the front is a small oven with sink and tap and toaster and at the opposite side there's a cute little fridge. The two are joined together by a small ramp and arch with a light on. On the reverse is a kind of what i would describe as a front room type of thing, theres a radio and shelves with like a bookcase effect.
The kitchen comes with some little accessories, there's a small frying pan, a big chunky spoon, 3 small shapes and some little balls. The shapes go in the front of the fridge where there is a shape sorter and the balls go into the sink and then drop down the "drain" into a little tray at the bottom. When the frying pan goes on the cooking ring it makes a cooking noise. On the side of the arch there is an on/off switch, this turns the light on and off and also when baby crawls over the ramp it sets off a sensor and plays music and the light flashes. My daughter very rarely plays with the opposite side as there really isnt much to do and she got very bored with it.
As with most fisher price toys there are three settings, play, learn and music and all three are great fun. There are some cute little songs and a couple of them are so catchy they'll be in your head for hours!!
This kitchen is great for all aspects of development - physical with the crawling through the arch, mental with shape sorting, role play with cooking, educational with the songs and shape sorting.
My little girl is now 2 and a half and she still enjoys playing with this toy, even though she is a little big to be crawling through the arch she still does! It is fantastic quality, hard wearing and has lasted really well. I have only had to change the batteries once in all this time and it is played with regularly. It is beyond cute and we have both had great fun playing with this toy.
We were in Toys r us doing some Christmas shopping for our daughter who had just turned 1. We saw a big display of Fisher Price laugh and learn kitchens and had a closer look. It looked just right for her age group so we picked one up for her as it was on sale for half price - I think it was supposed to be around £60 full price.
A few days before xmas, my husband decided to build it after our daughter had gone to bed and then it was ready to play with straight away on Christmas morning. The box was actually quite small for what was inside and when we opened the box we were greeted by lots and lots of brightly coloured plastic bits! We were both a bit horrified as we didn't expect there to be that much putting together involved but once we read the instructions, it was very easy to build and was up in around half an hour. It came with a few accessories - a plastic triangle, circle & square, a pan, a spoon, a red plastic ball and a blue plastic ball.
It was much better than we expected and has a little yellow sink which has a hole in so you can drop the plastic balls down and watch them come out of the 'drain' at the bottom, a hob that plays music when the pan is put on the ring, an oven with opening front and shelf inside, a timer on the front of the oven that spins round, a toaster with a slice of bread in the top that plays music when pressed down. Then there is a bright yellow crawl through arch which has a light at the top and a light switch at the side - the arch has a sensor so when baby crawls through, it sets of music and the light starts flashing - the light can be turned on and off using the big chunky switch on the side of the arch. At the other side of the arch there is a fridge which has an opening door and pictures inside of fruit and vegetables, there is also a shape sorter on the front for use with the 3 plastic shapes provided.
The kitchen has 2 sides and on the other side it is a living room type area with shelves and a radio on the back of the toaster. I think this was an afterthought as it's not as good at the front bit but my daughter still likes it anyway. It makes a really good variety of sounds, phrases and music. It helps teach opposities with phrases such as 'lights on' and 'lights off' when the light switch is pressed and 'on the stove' and 'off the stove' when the pan is removed or replaced on the hob. When the fridge door opens, it creaks or has funny phrases like 'see you later refrigerator'
This toy has been used several times a day since Christmas day 2008 and is still one of the favorites and we are approaching Christmas 2009 - my daughter is nearly 2 years old and I can see it lasting for a while yet. If anything, I would say that it is quite low down but this doesn't put my daughter off, she spends ages 'cooking' and opening the oven and the fridge and has even started copying the sounds and phrases that the kitchen makes. I am really glad we bought this toy as we have more than had our moneys worth from it. It is very hard wearing and still looks like brand new, even though it gets banged around and played with constantly and even sometimes climbed on.
Overall a very chunky, solid toy that has so many features it stops little people getting bored and provides hours of entertainment and fun. Great value and it isn't huge so doesn't take up much space in the lounge. Would definiately recommend!
We were lucky enough to find this on sale in Toys R Us a couple of months before Christmas '08. We got it as a joint present for our two kids (age 3 and 2), but particularly for our 2 year old who loves to open and close doors! We thought he might like to open and close the toy fridge door, rather than the living room doors which often ended in caught fingers! This is a large toy, so best suited to houses with a fair bit of space! It features a pretend kitchen setup, complete with a fridge and oven (both of which open), a hob (complete with saucepan!), a toaster and more! There are quite a few buttons to press and sounds effects to enjoy. Both kids love the toy kitchen, although they don't spend huge amounts of time with it - but it is something they keep coming back to. Our younger child loves popping the bread in the toaster and pressing the various buttons, whereas our older child loves to do pretend cooking on the hob and in the oven! The only problem we've had is that the fridge door doesn't catch properly, so it's never quite shut - this happened within a few days of use. Overall though, it's a well used toy in our household although not the most popular of all their toys.
My daughters first birthday was creeping up and I wanted too get a toy for her that she would keep for quite a while instead of buying toys im going to chuck out a few months later.
I was excited too find this kitchen which is more for babies/toddlers then for older children. After shopping around a few places I saw that it was roughly around £65 - £70 most places. Untill I came too Argos which was reduced too £30! I thought what a bargain its an offer I couldnt resist!
The box was huge and at first glance I thought 'oh my god' this is going to be so hard to assemable where as actually it was really quick and simple and I had it up in 10minutes. The peices just clip together and the the instructions are really easy too read.
I was slightly disappointed at the height of the kitchen. My 1 year old was already towering over it and it didnt look like it was going to last 5minutes! There are many things for the children too play with on this toy:
Fridge door that opens which plays music when its opended
A plastic book they can turn
A flower that they can spin
A light bulb in the arch way which lights up and plays noises when the toddler craws through.
A oven with a shelf in
A light switch too turn the light on and off
A sink which has a tube so they can chuck balls in and it comes out the bottom
The tap moves up and down and makes noises
A hob which has sensors on so when you put the pan on it makes noises
A radio which plays music
A toaster which they can press the toast up and down and it makes noises.
There are also different settings you can put it on: Alphabet, Numbers or sounds. It counts 1-10 in a very american voice but it taught my 1 year old how to say 10 which I was very chuffed about!
I found that my daughter got bored of this very fast though and 2 months later I sold it on as she never played with it anymore and got too big! This is the only disadvantage for this toy so I would suggest that you buy it when your baby is 6months.. so they have a good few months use out of it!
My 2 year old granddaughter has the Fisher Price laugh and learn Kitchen and she absolutely loves it.
My daughter purchased it for her when we were out shopping together one day, it came from Toys R us and cost £45.99 although I believe it was on sale and usually costs a bit more.
We could not wait to get it built for her when we got home so with not a man in sight my daughter and I set about building it and thankfully it was easy enough to do. the diagram was very easy to follow and after clicking in most of the pieces there was about ten screws to screw in and that was that.
The kitchen comes with all the things you would expect to find in a kitchen such as a wash basin, a fridge, a cooker and all the utensils.
My granddaughter loves to pretend she is cooking for us then spends a bit time at the sink washing up but her favourite thing seems to be the fridge for some reason she can spend ages opening and shutting the fridge putting things in and taking them out again.
The whole thing is very sturdy as you would expect from fisher price and it makes enough noises to emulate a kitchen without being overly noisy and becoming annoying. It also has a light which my granddaughter delights in switching on and off about one hundred times a day.
It is all hard plastic and easy to wash down and due to that and its very robust build it is a toy that will be passed down I am sure.
This was bought as a present for my daughters 1st birthday and i must say its the best thing that has been baught for her. She plays with in most days. Is educational and well as fun, has different Learnings the alphabet, counting, colours, opposites. There is a light switch with a working light, tap with a moving top, toaster, stove, fridge, and arch which they can crawl under, when crawled under it has a sensor which will start singing the alphabet and several other songs. My daughter loves this and always ends up dancing to the songs which is always lovely to see. The sink come with 2 balls which can be sent down the pipe and into the bottom. It has a little oven with 2 selves. The kitchen has 3 modes of play Learning, Playing and Music. Also has 3 volume settings. My brother bought this in the sale for £32.99 which was half price, i dont think that this kitchen is worth the full price but is deffently worth what he paid for it. Excellent educational, fun toy. Great price and is great for young babies and toddlers. Lots and lots of different things to explore
As readers of my recent reviews will know, I am a big fan of the Fisher Price brand. In point of fact, I didn't realise we had so many Fisher Price toys until I started writing reviews in this section! This paticular one we got my daughter for her first birthday a couple of months ago.
Daddy is a chef so it makes sense that he would want his little girl to have a kitchen all of her own but thats not why we bought it- it just looked like fun!! It has a refridgerator which can hold a selection of plastic shapes; a hob with frying pan and plastic spoon which sizzles when you put all three together; a sink with a tap which makes a noise like running water and even the noise of a dripping tap when you turn it off; a toaster that doubles as a radio and can play various tunes and an oven which you can open and close and has a rotating drum with numbers on it. In one of the three settings the kitchen has, spinning the drum causes the kitchen to count out the numbers making this educational as well as fun in the trademark Fisher Price style. All of this is built into an arch which has a motion sensor inside which activates a light and makes various noises when you pass through it- which is fun when either of my two cats go underneath. The first few times they went through the arch, they looked most confuddled as to what had just happened.....
The kitchen has two sides- on the reverse of the fridge is a recipe book with plastic pages your child can turn, also a dial that can be turned that is supposed to represent a washing machine and a clock with hands you can turn. Behind the oven is a flower which can be turned and a dial which operates the toaster/radio.
As I have already mentioned, the kitchen has three settings- a learning setting, a music setting and a play setting. It also has three settings of volume control from quiet to medium noise level and slightly louder. It requires 3 x C batteries to operate but these last quite a while and we haven't had to change ours yet. Like the majority of the Fisher Price Laugh And Learn range, this kitchen is educational, colourful and whats more....fun!!! Emilie loves turning the tap on and off and opening and shutting the fridge- which has it's own little song and, quite disturbingly I think, also says the phrase "See you later...refridgerator ha ha ha ha haaaaaa" in what I find is a very creepy voice!!!
Overall though, I would say this was a winner but it does take a fair bit of room so you need quite a bit of free floor space to have it out. It is currently available from Argos for a knock-down price of £29.99 reduced from £64.99!!!! I don't know what we payed for it off-hand but believe it was around the £30 mark! It certainly does pay to shop around!!!!
Just what any child needs to aid their early education and help stimulate their development, the Laugh And Learn kitchen is a welcome addition to our household and keeps our little girl very happy and content indeed!!
When my daughters first birthday was just a couple of months away i saw this kitchen in toys r us for £32.99 (i think) reduced from £65 and thought it was a bargain. The box made it look fantastic and the marketing and design of the packaging couldn't have been any better had they tried.
When i opened the box my partner looked at the horror on my face when i saw it was in pieces - i knew some assembly would be required but i didn't realise just how much. I left a whole evening for assembling this thinking it would take a while, how wrong could i be! The pieces were simple to snap together and it took less than 10 minutes to assemble it completely.
My first impressions were that it wasn't as good as all the ratings i'd seen and that my little girl would get bored of it very quickly - well it turns out i was wrong again. She absolutely loves it.
On one side of the kitchen there is the fridge - with the door that opens - a shape sorter on the outside of the door with 3 different shapes to go in. The arch links the fridge to the oven and sink. The oven door opens and has a little shelf so they can put pretend food in their own little oven. The sink is at the end of the kitchen and has a tap that if lifted plays music, and 2 balls can be put in the sink, they go down the pipe and come out at the bottom in a little tray (i say tray but i still think it looks like a dog bowl lol)
Above the own there is a little hob which comes with a frying pan, again this is musical when the pan is lifted or moved. There is also a toaster at the back with a piece of toast that moves up and down. Would have been better if you could keep the toast down and something could be turned to make it pop up but you can't have everything.
On the other side of the kitchen is a clock with dials that can be moved, a one page book where the page can be turned and a little fish bowl that can spin around.
The main feature of the kitchen is the archway that connects the two sides. There is a mat between for your little one to crawl through it, when they do this a sensor picks up movement and the light in the arch comes on and the music is again activated.
There are different settings on the kitchen for different modes of play and most importantly volume control! I don't know where i'd be if toys didn't have this option!
I was going to begin listing the bad points to the kitchen but i really can't find any. My only possible flaw is that the stickers were not stuck on properly when it was made but hey if that's the worst i can find it's a pretty good product!
My little girl spends hours every day playing in the kitchen with the play food we bought to go with it. She spends ages opening the oven and fridge and hiding things in it and never seems to get bored.
Value for money is a tough one though, bought at the price we did i would say it was perfect, but i would never dream of paying the full retail price of £65 for it as i just don't think it's worth it. Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic toy and she has hours of fun, but i can't see it lasting for a fantastic length of time because i think she will bore of it after a month of so and the novelty has worn off.
It says suitable for 6months+ on the box, but i wouldn't purchase this unless your baby was crawling or very close to it. They would get so frustrated because there are so many things to do on it and would never be able to reach from one sitting position. This was my daughters first birthday present but i think it would have been better at around 9months though she really does love it.
Overall, fantastic toy with hours of fun, but only if you can find it at the right price, £65 is way too much to pay.
I have just purchased this kitchen for my friends daughters first birthday. I got it from toys r us it was on special offer £34.99 reduced from £65 so quite a bargain.
The kitchen itself is made by fisher price. Its suitable for ages 6 months and over. On the box the kitchen looks like it is really big but once the box is opened its rather dissapointing. I wouldnt have paid £65 for it. Once opened it does take a short while to put together and you so have tohave a screw driver handy. The instructions are also really easy to follow.
It is made of strong plastic which is really colourful and hard wearing. It takes 3 x c batteries which are used for the kitchens realistic sounds. It has three different play modes which are imagination, music and learning time. It introduces the child to different colours, numbers, letters and opposites.
On one side it has a small sink with a tap that moves and plays music. It also has a cooker that opens. The other side has a fridge which contains a small shape sorter on the front.
On the back of the toy there is a picture of a sitting room with a small book case picture and radio on it.
There is a arch in the middle which the child can pass through, once the child passes through the kitchen will play a tune.
I would certainly recommend this as my friends daughter loved it, my son who is 14 months loves playing with it too.
With my daughters first birthday fastly coming up i decided i better start looking for a great present to get her. I was recommended the fisher price laugh and learn kitchen by a friend of mine and was pleased to see it was half price in toysrus from £65 to £32.49. We brought this a few months ago but i think you can still get them on offer. Also argos have them half price too.
I opened up up the other day to assemble it for her big day. It was very easy to put together with all the pieces just sloting into each other. There are a few bits that you need to screw together but nothing big. It didnt take long to set up around half an hour.
First impressions was alot smaller than i thought it would be, i expected it to be really large from the picture on the box and had alreayd made room for it in my living room. It just wasnt what i expected.
I certinatly wouldnt of paid £65 for it. As it was my daughters birthday the following morning i couldnt return it so we decided t keep it, as i brought it half price anyways.
Well she walked into the room in the morning and she absoltly loved it, her little face lit up straight away and she started playing with it.
It has 3 modes of play, music mode, imagination, and learning time.
It has a little sink with the tap that moves and plays music or sounds, a cooker that opens, a fridge that opens with a shape sorter toy on the front.
On the other side is a little living room with a radio, bookcase, and also an arch which plays music when baby passes through it.
It is definatly an all round winner in our house she loves it and plays non stop with it since she got it.
Nice music and good sound levels as some toys are very loud nowadays and the tunes dont get on your nerves after 5 minutes.
I would recommend this for ages between 6 months and 2 i cant see her playing gor much longer than 2 as they are not a great deals of activites after that age.
We recently purchased this Fisher price laugh and learn kitchen for our baby daughters first birthday and my fiancé built it and said that the construction of it was simple, all the pieces just click into place as the diagram shows and there is only about a dozen or so screws hold the whole thing together.
Once assembled it is a fairly sturdy unit and I get the feeling it will last well even although kids can be very hashy with things and especially my heavy handed daughter. She has so far had it for just over four months and has been her usual destructive self with it but it has come to no harm.
We paid £34.99 for it and at that price we are happy with our purchase but the unit retails at around £60 and I am not sure I would have been so happy had I had to part with that much cash. It has three different modes, songs and learning, numbers and sound effects, each of which has a lot of different sounds from ones that emulate kitchen noises to just random beeps and noises.
The kitchen has all the bits and pieces you would expect such as a wash basin, a fridge, a cooker and much more including lots of utensils and cutlery. Our little girl loves to open and shut the fridge and just generally mess about with the oven door as if cooking, w were slightly worried this would lead her to want to play with the real oven but it has not yet.
My daughter plays with this every day and really enjoys her time with it and through watching her we can see her learn what all the things are for and she has started trying to copy all the noises so the unit is quite educational as well as fun and I would recommend it to others happily!
Thanks for reading!
We bought this for my daughters 1st birthday left month and she absolutely loves it and has already had her money out of it. We purchased it from Argos as was half price at £29.99, well worth that but would never of paid full price of £60 for it.
Assembly was pretty straight forward, much of it just clicks together, then approx 10 screws to hold everything in place, didnt take long to put together. All the stickers are already on it, so just needed to end the batteries and we were up and running.
There is 3 different modes, songs, learning such as on/off and numbers then the final mode is sound effects. There is lots of different noises from each aspect, the best side being the kitchen, where there is a tap, hob, toaster and radio all making different noises/songs. There is 3 balls which come with it to post through the sink and drop in the basin at the bottom (however these soon disappeared and never to be seen again).
The arch in the middle has a light which can be turned on manually, or has a sensor so when the baby passes through comes on automatically.
On the other side is a fridge which a shape sorter on the front, open the door to hear the noises and see the food in the fridge. This is the only point Im disappointed, as the food in the fridge is stickers and think it would of been better with removeable food or magnets to creat more play.
You also get a pan and spoon to use on the hob, which my daughter spends ages putting in the oven door.
It is recommended from 6mths but personally I dont think there is too much to do until then can kneel or stand, but after that will keep them entertained for ages, even my son who is 3 loves playing with it, and its the only toy I can guarantee my daughter will play with everyday.
I bought this half price from toys r us. It is retailed at £60 buy i bought this toy for £30. I opend this toy for my 10 month old daughter to be very disappointed. I would never pay £60 for this toy. It has one good section on this toy where the sink and cooker bit it.. as this makes lots of noises and songs when a baby or toddler hits it. But where thr fridge is they could of been more creative. Inside the fridge they have just stuck stickers in. They should of had toys inside the fridge that the baby could pull at and take out. It does keep my 10 month old entertained but not for very long as the songs are very quiet also. And at her height there isnt much for her to play with. babys have too be kneeling or standing against it too play with the most exciting part of the kitchen.
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Fisher price laugh and learn kitchen.
My daughters 1st birthday was creeping up so I was getting excited and trying to find many things to buy for her that she would love. The first place where I saw the kitchen was in Argos for around £65. I was drawn to this straightaway so I suggested to my partner and to my dad.
But they didnt really take much attention because they had not seen it. Eventually I and my partner went to Toys R us and we were putting a few things in the trolley and then I spotted it. I showed Steve and he said yeh that good and he put it in the trolley I was so happy as I knew she was going to love it.
To my surprise Toys R us had slashed the price which was good. The kitchen is a very new toy so im sure they done it to assure people to buy it from them rather than some where else.
We bought it for £55 so we saved £10 from the original price.
So on the night before her birthday I thought I would assemble it so that she would walk in and see it as soon as she got up.
The box size is 76x40cms with a plastic carry handle.
I started to take all of the pieces out of the box. There are quite a lot of pieces but its a large toy so I kind of expected there to be a lot of stuff inside.
I found it very easy to assemble. Most of it went together by clicking into place. There were around 4-6 screws to be put in and then you are away.
The batteries were included so it was all up and running within 20-25mins. I had a little play to test it and I was very pleased and excited at seeing her face in the morning.
Features and benefits.
The kitchen has 3 different modes of play which are:
Learn the alphabet with music and crawl through fun.
Drop balls into sink for counting.
Spin numbers on the stove fun.
Sort shapes and discover colours.
Lots of opposites to learn, Like up & down, on & off, in &out and open & close.
Sing along with 21 delightful songs including classic favourites and fresh originals.
Enjoy songs an, greetings and fun phrases on the radio stations.
25+ sounds and encouraging phrases with activities.
Discover the joy of role play in the familiar comfort of a kitchen, with lots of idea-starting activities and realistic sound effects.
Part 2 of my story
So when it came to the morning I let her walk into the living room and she just looked stunned. At first she did not think it was for her and she waited for my approval before she would touch it that was really cute.
She started to explore it on all angles and she was on a top buzz playing boo through the gap in the oven.
Opening and closing the fridge with the sound effects, turning the tap on and off yet again with the realistic sound effects.
She keeps discovering new things all the time with it. It seems to be never ending with sounds and songs.
I found that she now likes the drop through sink where you put the balls which came with it down. She tends to try to put whatever she can down the hole to see what fits including remotes and keys bless her.
Also the shapes which can either go in the fridge or on the top of the arch on the other side. She tends to try them in the arch.
She discovered the on and off light switch after a month of having and she thought that she was really clever and kept showing off as she was doing it.
There are many things on there to play and learn with. It is definitely her favourite present and plays with it everyday. It does exactly what it says on the tin.
It is definitely worth investing in and most definitely worth the money.
You can easily pick it up and move it when needing to like when hoovering as it has a handle on the arch.
It is not collapsible so you do need to make sure that you have the room for it. But you could always just put it to one side in the evenings and then get it out again in the day time.
Because it is double sided for double the fun you need space either side of it.
The age range on this is for 6 months to 36 months so you can see from that just how much it has rolled into one.
I bought this for her at 1 year and I definitely think she will keep on playing with it for years to come.
The only loose parts with it are a play saucepan and a big plastic play spoon, 3 shapes and some colourful play balls for the sink.
All these pieces are big and would not be a choke hazard.
So my view of this fisher price laugh and learn kitchen is an all round winner 10/10 in every way.
A real must have for any little baby girl or boy.
Thank you for reading and I hope this helps anyone who is looking to buy this.
Introduce baby to the alphabet, colours, counting, opposites and much more.