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Sizzlin' in the Kitchen
ELC Mini Sizzlin Kitchen
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ELC Mini Sizzlin Kitchen
Advantages: Compact, transportable, includes everything needed, great value for money
Disadvantages: Can't think of any, but I'm sure a full sized kitchen would have some extras
I must admit, I really struggled this year as to what to buy for him. He's always been a very boy-ish boy, into his cars and tools, but his room is full of them and so I didn't really want to buy him more. It was by chance, that one of friends mum mentioned that he loves playing with their toy kitchen when he goes there to play. At last I had the perfect gift idea!
The Early Learning Centre is one of the few places I could find a kitchen that wasn't pink or covered with flowers. Come on toy designer people!!! Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriott, men cook too you know!
I originally intended to buy the full sized sizzlin' kitchen at £65, but when I tried to purchase it online, I couldn't get the 20% discount because it comes with a free accessory kit. I had planned to try in store, but when I went to my local ELC, they had one out on display and I really wasn't impressed with it, when I considered the price. On my way out of the shop, the mini sizzlin' kitchen caught my eye....
** The Kitchen **
The Mini Sizzlin' Kitchen is blue and green in colour (although looking at the picture above, it looks as though colours may vary). It is quite small, however it opens up to reveal a two ring hob. The underside of the lid folds down to become a shelf and there is a removable storage compartment at the side for the cups etc. On the front of the kitchen is a small oven with controls.
** What's Included? **
Included in the price are the pots and pans, plates, cups, knives and forks, ladles etc, and various items of food, including burgers, hot dogs, lettuce, tomato, corn on the cob, buns and finger rolls.
** The Price **
The Mini Sizzlin' Kitchen costs £30 normally, but if you have a 20% discount voucher as I did, it brings the cost down to £24.
I'll admit that when I looked at it in the shop, I didn't really think it was worth the £30. However, seeing what's included and how much my kids play with it, I think it's well worth the £30 and a very good bargain if you can get it for £24.
As mentioned, all 3 of my kids really enjoy playing with this and their ages range from 14 months to (almost) 7 years.
When my wee boy opened this, his reaction was complete surprise, which he couldn't hide with his puzzled "a kitchen?!?". As I said before, he is a very boy-ish boy and was not impressed with receiving a kitchen, yet when he saw that it opens up and it includes burgers and sausages, he decided it was a barbecue, and was cooking us our tea in no time.
The beauty of this is that it's all compact and so it doesn't take up a huge amount of space which is a major plus for us. Another great advantage is that everything packs away inside. This is great because it means everything's kept together and bits are not so easily lost. It also means the whole thing is very portable which is very handy.
Overall, I really do think this is a fantastic little kitchen and I'm so glad I opted for this one instead of going with my original plan and buying the bigger version. I'm sure the full sized one is great too and probably has a lot more features. However, if you have a budding chef and not enough space for a full sized kitchen, I'd definitely recommend this.
Summary: A great christmas idea for a little Ainsley or Delia
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