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This year for Christmas we bought my little girl a Minnie Mouse kitchen. She loved playing with kitchens when we go to other peoples houses and she loves Minnie Mouse so the combination of the two was perfect and it's definitely a winner. We are lucky to receive pretend biscuits that she has made for us every morning now!
The kitchen is made of plastic and although not as good looking as some toy kitchens you can get there are a lot of different aspects to it and lots of accessories that come with it that make it very fun to play with. It can needing assembly but my husband did that so I cannot comment although on Christmas morning it did take him a while to put together and I heard a few swear words coming from the lounge but then he consulted the instructions and it was done.
The kitchen consists of a sink with a stove top to the right and a work top to the left with a draining sink for plates and then underneath this there is a upright oven and a regular oven. The top of the kitchen has shelf and some cardboard backing with pictures of shelves and Mickey Mouse at the window on them. At the top is a clock and a Minnie Mouse bow to top it off. What I like about the clock is that the hands are Minnie Mouse hands which are really cute. They do come off fairly easily though and my little girl likes to pull them off so I am forever clipping them back on.
The ovens open and are fairly big inside so you can put in pots of food and make pretend like you are cooking some really nice meals. My favourite part of the whole kitchen is the mixer. This is actually hidden in the left hand side work top under the plate drainer but when you lift up the hook up comes the mixer. It's a really cool use of space and would be a good idea in an adult kitchen too.
The kitchen came with lots of purple coloured utensils such as knives, forks and spoons as well as pot and pans too. My little girl likes to use the rolling pin a lot when she is making us her biscuits. My favourite accessories are the little salt and pepper shakers. They are round and in the shape of Minnie Mouse heads which make them very cute in my opinion.
Its the little touches on this that I really like and that I think make it really special. For example the hand on the mixer is a Minnie Mouse hand as are the hands on the clock at the top of the cooker and the dials on the ovens too. I just think it would definitely be something Minnie Mouse would have in her own kitchen!The dials on the ovens make a clicking noise just like a real cooker and I like that attention to detail.
The nice thing is this kitchen isn't too large so my little girl can either stand up next to it to cook or, more often than not as we have put this kitchen in her Minnie Mouse play tent, she sits next to it or kneels and still can reach everything.
At a price of £34.99 I think this fun kitchen is well worth the investment. It's quite pink and purple so it would suit girls more but there is no reason why boys can't play with it too. My son loves playing with it, when his sister will let him that is. Well recommended.
The dimentions are given as: Size: Length 44.5cm x Width 51.5cm x Depth 61.5cm.
I remember for my daughters second christmas I joined the parks christmas savings catalogue and saved all year for some vouchers and a £60 kitchen set. I was so excited but immensely gutted when it came and was some cheap little kitchen thing I had seen floating around in some toy stores for around £30 or so. So this august, one of my best friends came round with my daughter's belated gift and hoorah - such a big box she opened in eager anticipation and it was this minnie mouse kitchen set. She had accidentally left the sale sticker on so we know she paid £20 for it on sale in the Disney store, but to be honest it's the thought that counts anyway. So it was out with the old basic kitchen set and in with the new, funky minnie mouse one!
The box was rather large, so if I am honest we had expected a rather challenging and large kitchen to put together but this was not so! The instructions were straight forward, and the pieces all slotted together with ease, and I put it together myself in about 15 minutes or so. There were a lot of little pieces, like the taps and the hands on the clock which I was wary about madam playing with such teeny things as she is rather troublesome and could get into an accident with a plain cardboard box! However, thus far the pieces have remained in tact and we have not had any horrible choking accidents.
It is a pretty cute kitchen, with a predominantly purple base, and has a heart shaped sink, with a "tap", to the left there is a counter top which has slots for putting away dishes, but this also sweeps upwards and becomes a toy mixer. We have not been able to get this to work so efficiently so that the mixer actually sits up, so this stays down as a draining board permanently lol. There is also a shelf to the further left which is for putting plates and cups on for serving. To the right of the sink there are 2 toy hobs where my daughter recreates cooking and then further a detachable shelf which has a picture of a fake grill on it. Below there is a cute little oven with a pink door that pulls downwards and then a fridge with a shelf inside for her toy fruit and veg she received courtesy of casdon toy collection lol.
There is also a cute little clock up top which reminds me of Toodles in the cartoon Mickey mouse Clubhouse. The kitchen also consists of cardboard backing slotted in to appear as though the child is looking through kitchen curtains at scenery and has bowls of fruit on a shelf. It came with pots and pans, salt and pepper shakers, and some recipe cards so it does have a lot of accessories to play on it with, so it's entertaining straight off the bat.
In terms of the kitchen she played with previously, this is actually a lot smaller than imagined and for a 3 year old it's a bit teeny for her use and she is actually a bit taller than the entire set. Nevertheless, this doesn't deter her and she happily plays with it, often using real food and water to attempt to wash her dishes, but I just wish it was a little bigger since it is aimed at children 3 years and up. The actual dimensions are Height - 43cm, Width - 60cm and Depth - 25cm. Go figure!
The kitchen has withstood some serious battering, and whilst it gets filthy dirty it is mega easy to clean. The 2 far shelves on the body of the kitchen unit are easily removable, and whilst I am not sure why they need to be, they have stayed put the last 4 months and the kitchen has remained solid. I was a bit disappointed at the backing to the kitchen as it is just a flimsy piece of cardboard, but we have this unit positioned against the wall in a section of our kitchen room (so when I am busy in the kitchen, she is busy in hers lol) and it hasn't moved so she doesn't really notice the fakeness of her kitchen set. The doors to the fridge haven't broken, as much as she shoves, pushes and bangs this kitchen about so this is also a plus. My only small gripe is the cardboard that slots in the kitchen at the top as the "view" seems to fall out amazingly easily, so much so that it has now been eliminated altogether (I believe it's in the bin or in her room somewhere lol) but neither of us have noticed this to be a dramatically bad thing.
This is a fun, cute, and colourful kitchen, and any little girls who are lovers of Minnie Mouse will be super happy! Sure, it's not the best quality, but its sturdy enough and my daughter loves playing with, pretending to whip up all kinds of dishes for me to eat it day in, day out. I wish it could be a bit bigger, but the features are good and offer lots of variety. It's excellent for role play and encouraging creativity and maybe even some future excellent culinary skills!
Last year my daughter decided she would ask Santa for a play kitchen for Christmas. When I came across the Minnie mouse kitchen I thought it would be perfect. It claimed to have a number of interactive parts including a click dialler for the over, a whisker, a fridge and a number of accessories. At £39.88 it was in the middle range of ones available so I was hoping it would be decent quality so this is the one I purchased. Using my Amazon vouchers (thanks dooyoo!) I ordered this kitchen set, and waited patiently to set it up Christmas Eve.
**Setting it up**
On opening the box you are greeted with a number of small items all needing to put together. The first thing that crossed my mind was oh no not a good mix with a toddler. Then as I began putting all the pieces together, which was fairly easy I noticed that the whole back board that made it a 'Minnie' kitchen was made of cardboard. We knew this would not withhold play from a three year old straight away but as this was one of her main present I continued to build. The back slides into place, and the main base of the set is made of plastic so that I was hoping this would be a little more durable. Little things like the shelves in the oven are cardboard, any picture regarding the Disney design is cardboard and it honestly looks really cheap. Everything clicks together, or slides into place so it only took around 10 minutes in total.
From far away the kitchen looked great. Pretty in pink with bows everywhere, and genuinely any little girls dream. When my little girl came downstairs as this was prebuilt it was the first thing she ran too. She began playing with the plates provided, cooking with the pan and really enjoying the kitchen. It did get forgotten about while she opened the rest of her presents, but once that was out the way she headed back to the kitchen. While exploring she found a fridge, an oven, a heart shaped sink (one of her favourite parts), and a whisking machine. There are a number of things that held her attention, like she could actually spin the whisker, there was a timer for the oven, and even though this just clicks she thought it was amazing.
The first thing that went wrong is on either side of the main body of the kitchen is two little extensions. One is a draining board for after little one has used the sink to wash the dishes up. The other side is a barbeque and where the recipes sit. The two extensions simply fall off any time little one begins using them. They have flimsy attachments to be snapped in to place, and this means mummy has to put them on every few minutes. In the end we took these off and stored them, which my daughter did not seem to fuss with these missing. Next the backdrop kept falling down, and as it is made of cardboard it began bending and generally looking rough. Within a few weeks it had began to tear so this was another piece that needed taken away. This is the only thing that has Minnie on it so it basically took the theme away. It also had pretend shelves and a general back ground setting so that made the kitchen a little less exciting.
This left us with just the main middle of the kitchen surely nothing else could go wrong? Nope I was wrong. The mixer began to come away from its place on the kitchen. It could be put back, but it just became worse. When this was taken away it made the kitchen look untidy, and by this point I was so disappointed. My daughter lost interest with it after most of the set had to be taken away, and although she did still use the oven by this time she was fed up. It is absolutely useless, and whoever designed it had no idea of what would suit a three year old. It is tiny compared to what I was expecting for the money. She has to kneel down to play with it and even then it is tight.
There are some good parts. You receive a number of accessories with the set including pots, pans, cutlery cups etc. These are all really good quality and other than the stickers peeling after being washed with water they are still perfect now. Also the general idea is great to have all parts of the kitchen in one place, and things to actually put in the fridge etc. If it was made with better materials, and in one piece rather than lots of little bits that need fitting together it would be perfect.
Unfortunately I paid full price for this set and was hugely disappointed. I should have sent it back as soon as I realised the poor quality during building it. The only thing remaining in the set is the ovens, and even these the flimsy doors fall off. At £40 I was not expecting the best kitchen in the world, but at least something that could withhold some amount of play. This set plays too much in the brand name of Disney, and I am afraid I could not recommend it at all. It retails around £40 but can be found on sale at around £30 from larger retailers. As you can probably tell my little girl was so disappointed with the set. Santa will research the kitchens a little more this year to make sure he can make it up to her. If anyone has any recommendation for a well built play kitchen I would be grateful. : )
At a Glance The fantastic, fun Minnie Mouse kitchen features cooking, dining and washing activities. Can be put together in 3 different ways Features and benefits for Minnie Mouse Kitchen The fantastic, fun Minnie Mouse kitchen features cooking, dining and washing activities. Can be put together in 3 different ways. Discover the world of Minnie Mouse with this feature packed kitchen. Imagine cooking in your very own kitchen and create delicious pretend meals. The Minnie Mouse kitchen is perfect for learning and imaginative play. The Minnie Mouse kitchen has lots of fun features including an oven, fridge, blender, ceramic hob, taps and shelves. It is easy to assemble and it can be put together in 3 different ways. It also comes with more than 17 different accessories including pots, pans, knives, folks, plates and many more. This product is great value for money and does not require batteries. Suitable for children 3 years and over. Quick facts:??Use the fridge, blender, ceramic hob??Comes with over 17 accessories??Can be put together 3 different ways ??Includes taps and shelvesGreat for your child's development:The Minnie Mouse kitchen is fantastic for pretend play and encourages children to use their imagination.What you need to know:Pack contents: Minnie Mouse kitchen with a pretend oven, fridge, blender, ceramic hob, taps and shelves. It also includes more than 17 accessories such as pots, pans and even a rolling pin.Size: Length 44.5cm x Width 51.5cm x Depth 61.5cm. Batteries: not required.Self-assembly: This product comes flat-packed in small sections that need to be slotted together. To build this you need to clip it together and the add the shelves.Safety warnings: Not suitable for children under 36 months due to small parts.