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One of the things I have found with my youngest child, more and more over the last few months is her participating in role play. Shes forever playing and talking with her teddies, trying to feed them, pretend play with her older brother. Shes done this a lot earlier than I thought as my son took abit of time, but she heavily relies on her imagination and I thought this kitchen would make a good gift for her to enjoy. This cost me just over £18.00 from Amazon ( p and p free ).
Why did I buy it?
I wanted to get her something for her birthday which we didn't already have. Not only could my daughter play with it, but her brother as well. Rather than go for something unisex in colour, for once, I went all out girlie girlie as I thought she deserved to have something pretty, cute and feminine. I also liked the overall look of this online and the price was ok considering its brand Barbie.
What is it?
It's a childs pretend kitchen, part of the Barbie brand. So as you can imagine, mostly pink in colour.
This mini kitchen is made up of a small sink area with a tap, a grill on the top, along with some dials that can be turned, a draining board for your pots and pans, a single hob, two pegs that you can hang up your spoons, utensils etc and underneath a shelf.
It comes with a pot, frying pan, utensils such as a large spoon and salt and pepper shakers. Also comes with some stickers to decorate.
Height is 75cm, width 49cm ( at its widest point ) and depth is 27cm.
Age suitable for 3 years plus.
How was it to assemble?
I hate putting things like this together, especially when the kids are around because once you start you have no choice but to carry on, or deal with the wrath of crazed hyper midgets! Guaranteed that while I try to put toys together one of them will hide bits, throw them around or sit on them! Thankfully they were reasonably controlled on this occasion and allowed me to put this together without too much fuss.
Instructions were simple and easy to follow. Diagram was clear and easy to distinguish which parts were which and where they went.
The pieces slotted together easily and thinking for the future, I thought it would be easy to dismantle and store away if and when needed. Nothing needed to be glued, and nothing permanently attached to anything. No need for any tools.
Time wise it took around 20 minutes, but if completed when half awake and no children would be half that time.
When put together its an item that's very light weight and not very bulky, so if needed to be moved that would be no problem. Doesn't take up much space. I simply moved one toy box to the other side of the room, and stuck this in its place sat between a faux leather storage box and another toy box. Its against the wall, so out of the way and doesn't stick out.
It's a very cute kitchen to look at and it's the perfect size. Any bigger and I wouldn't have had space for it. Any smaller and it would have been useless. Perfect size for my 2 year old and her older brother as well! Feminine, cute and eye catching.
Quite robust and well made. Obviously if it comes in bits at some stage one of my rough children will pull something off, but so far so good. Sturdy, solid and if something does come off easily fixed back into position.
Would I buy again? Yes I would. It was priced well, very pretty to look at, perfect size for a home that has no available spare room and promotes role/pretend play for little ones!