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Just Like Home Real Sounds Play Kitchen
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Just Like Home Real Sounds Play Kitchen
Advantages: great role play toy
Disadvantages: a few design faults
My daughter loves making cups of tea for us, so when she was given a second tea set for her birthday, we decided to spend some of her birthday money and buy her a kitchen. There are so many on the market, varying greatly in price, so the choice wasn't easy.
My friend's daughter has one from ELC but I knew that it cost around £70. I didn't really want to spend that much on one despite knowing it was sturdy and my daughter loved it. After looking around and reading reviews here, I decided upon the Toys R Us Just like Home kitchen because it has sounds, and it was on offer at the time making it a bargain.
For £39.99 you get a large box with a diy plastic kitchen hiding inside. This kitchen also has a proper working tap if you so choose to let your toddler play with water. (I thought not at this stage and as yet my daughter doesn't realise this can be done and is good enough for me at the moment). The function of the working tap is a novel idea, but to be honest I think the placement of it is too near the battery compartment to make anything fool proof for a toddler. The sounds that come from the kitchen are worth more to me that playing with water near the batteries.
Once built the kitchen is fairly small and seems to fit nicely into our lounge without taking up too much space. It's very unisex in colour designed in blue, yellow and red, so no girly pink here which is quite nice for a change.
The unit itself consists of a large oven at the bottom, with a hob and draining board to the sides. Placed on top is a centre column with three shelves and hooks for utensils. Overall the top bit is fairly wobbly, but is evened out by the base oven, and can withstand a toddler playing easily.
As I mentioned there are sounds along with the kitchen. The hob is designed to recognise either the saucepan or the kettle when you place then on the front hob. Little lights also flash. There are two flaws to this design, the first being it doesn't always recognise the correct pot, so you may get a whistle when the saucepan is on, and the second is that sometimes the button can get stuck in so the sound carries on for ages which can get a bit annoying.
Overall however, my daughter loves the sounds and provided there is no sticking, the noise doesn't last too long as she thinks she is boiling me some water etc for food.
All this needs four AA batteries which are provided when you buy the kitchen and placed in a compartment which sits underneath the draining board area. Unfortunately the lid is easily removed and whilst the battery top needs a screwdriver, it's still a bit of a fault in the design for me.
The working tap should you wish to use this function, which no doubt I will have to do when my daughter gets older and wiser to me, is operated from the side of the kitchen. The tap is a little push down area where you press, and when the pipe is connected inside the kitchen from the tap to the reservoir that you can fill, a trickle of water will come out into the sink on the side of the kitchen.
The oven door opens down not to the side which my daughter struggles with occasionally. Sometimes she stands on the door as she is trying to put something in the oven. Being plastic I worry she'll break it, but so far it's withstood her weight and I'm training her not to stand on it.
To close the door there are two little connection points that hold once the door is pushed shut. This does require both side to connect otherwise it'll fall open again. This has happened to us on many occasions and I see a bewildered two year old looking around.
There is a shelf in the oven that rests on two little edges either side. Sadly the fit isn't great and any pressure sees the shelf fall down. We find that you don't really need the shelf so it usually sits on the floor of the oven and we use this as a base for our pans.
With the kitchen you get some cutlery, pots and pans to get you started, along with a small selection of play food. We also bought an extra set of food when we bought the kitchen, so my daughter has plenty to play with as there isn't a great deal included, but enough to get you started.
Overall despite the little flaws, I think we got a bargain. To me the true test of a toy is what my daughter thinks, and she has played with this kitchen every day since June, and that tells me she loves it, so I would recommend it to anyone.
It has also helped us teach her various safety aspects of being in the kitchen such as burning and t run your hand under cold water etc when touching hot things by accident.
It has also helped us to learn colours of foods, and placing different foods in dishes and placing in the oven. She recognises lots of different vegetables etc through playing with the kitchen so all in all a great buy.
I would have been really happy paying the full price for this but we managed to get it for £24.99 so even better.
Summary: a great budget toy kitchen
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