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Minnie needs a mouseketool to fix this kitchen!
Minnie Mouse Kitchen
Member Name: xmum2threex
Minnie Mouse Kitchen
Disadvantages: Poorly made, cardboard, list is endless
**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. : )
Summary: A poorly made kitchen