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Millhouse Country Wooden Toy Kitchen
Member Name: CosmicLove
Millhouse Country Wooden Toy Kitchen
Date: 09/04/13, updated on 09/04/13 (33 review reads)
Advantages: Well made, lovely design, solid and good quality material, not too expensive considering the quality
Disadvantages: Comes flat packed
~* Chef Kai *~
Kai, although he rarely wants to actually eat food, is fascinated with the different textures of it and very much enjoys food based sensory activities, for example chopping or mushing food up, or helping me or Daddy cook, blend or stir. Because of this, me and my fiancé came to an agreement that Kai's main birthday present for his birthday in January would be a toy kitchen.
We knew that he would get a lot of use out of it, and began looking around in advance. Most of the toy kitchens that I came across were made from plastic, which I try to stay clear of. After googling 'wooden play kitchen' I came across this, which I knew was perfect, if a little expensive! After weeks of putting a little money by, we had enough to buy Kai this, and I am so glad that we did.
~* Price *~
The retail price for this kitchen is £89, and this is the price that we paid. Delivery was free. I think for a well made, wooden toy kitchen this is a reasonable price, and this is the cheapest wooden toy kitchen that I was able to find.
~* Measurements *~
Height: 2ft 1 inch
Width: 2ft 6 inches
Depth: 1ft 2 inches
~* In Use *~
The kitchen arrived flat packed, so I left my fiancé to put it together! It took him around forty five long, tedious minutes, but then again he is not the best at DIY so it might take some people a lot less time! After he had put it together, I added a few bits and bobs such as containers, a pretend sauce pan and fruit. It did not come with any of these things with it, but we already had the containers so I only needed to buy the sauce pan which is actually quite easy to find.
The kitchen once it had been made up was really impressive looking. It is big and bright enough to catch your attention when you walk into the dining room (where we keep it), but small enough not to take up that much room and it does not look out of place. It is very modern looking and it looks a lot better than the plastic ones - it just looks more sophisticated, which is an odd thing to say about a child's toy but if you could see it you would know what I mean!
The material is excellent quality - you can tell that it is good quality wood as it is absolutely solid. The kitchen is quite realistic looking and it has everything a normal kitchen has - shelves (Kai's favourite part of it at the moment) a cooker, a hob and a sink. The cooker door opens and closes and once the child has put their food etc in they can sit and watch their food 'cooking'. The little detailing such as the dials , which rotate, and tap have entertained and fascinated Kai no end! He loves fiddling around and playing with this kitchen and he loves putting food on the shelves and organising it.
It didn't take him very long to get the jist of how to play with it, we started by doing some pretend mixing and cooking and I often chop up real, soft fruit and vegetables with him with a blunt knife and put it in his pretend sauce pan so he can 'cook' it, and he usually eats a little when he thinks he's done. After showing him how do to these things he was soon doing it by himself - pretending to pour water into the saucepan from the tap, mixing it up and 'cooking' it!
The only slightly 'bad' thing I can think of is that Kai sometimes struggles to get certain foods, for example apples, to stay on the shelf as they roll off due to the smooth surface and there's nothing to keep them in place. Kai can get very anxious about little things like this, but up to now he has simply tried and tried again until the object stays in place, which is wonderful to observe and I always step in and help him if I see him getting a little upset. The kitchen is easy to clean. I use a wet wipe and it doesn't take very long. It is lovely watching him with this kitchen and he plays with it everyday.
~* All In All *~
An excellent toy kitchen. It is well made, nicely designed and Kai adores it.
Summary: Really glad I bought it - Kai loves it
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