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Minnie Mouse Kitchen
Member Name: MsTricia
Minnie Mouse Kitchen
Date: 02/12/12, updated on 02/12/12 (31 review reads)
Advantages: cute minnie mouse, lots of features to play on, reasonably sturdy
Disadvantages: bit small for my 3 year old
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!
Summary: a decent minnie mouse kitchen set that my daughter loves!
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