After having a nightmare with a Minnie Mouse kitchen last year my daughter received this kitchen from a relative for Christmas. My little girl is Peppa pig mad and so when my sister in law came across this for £25 she knew my daughter would love it. It is bright in colour and of course has Peppa pig branded all over it, so when she unwrapped this present she was very excited. It is attractive, and despite being a little too much plastic, it appealed to my little girl instantly.
Setting the kitchen up was fairly easy. You receive instructions but it is self explanatory. There is a base with spaces for the various pieces to fit into. Click them into place and then the main body of the kitchen is built. Again on the middle level there are slots for the rest of the cooker and accessories to slot into place and in all it only took around ten minutes on first attempt. Now it takes less than five minutes, but that is because it comes apart so often I know where each piece goes with my eyes closed.
The kitchen includes an oven with a door that opens and closes, a hob that lights up when you press the buttons on the front, and a tap with a washing up bowl. The accessories complete the set allowing little one to cook whatever they like, and everything you need for a perfect role play kitchen is there. The kitchen also has noises such as a egg frying and running water so it really fuels little one imagination while they are playing. With the set you also receive lots of accessories. I think there were 20 in total when we first received this kitchen, but a lot have been hidden away in toy boxes now. The accessories are actually really well made and my daughter loves them. You have everything from pots and pans to salt and pepper shakers. They are all fantastic quality and I have to admit I was a little surprised with all the extras you receive.
My little girl loves any role playing toys. She loves to dress up and make believe and this kitchen is a perfect base for that. She has spent hours playing with this kitchen, and my sons also really enjoy using it. Age recommendation is three years plus which I can understand as the kitchen can easily be put into pieces. It does sit stable on the floor, but I have to be careful as it still feels a little flimsy. My youngest daughter is soon to be one and she is currently holding on to everything in sight while she learns to walk. The kitchen does bend a little under her weight, and I can see that it is a little unstable when she tries to support herself on it. Other than that there is no reason it could not be used by younger children.
There are lights and sounds provided with this kitchen which my little girl thought was amazing. You do need 3 AA batteries for these to work, and unfortunately we have found they do not last well at all. Even with Duracell batteries after a week of use they need changed. Thankfully, my little girl is more than happy to play without the sounds and lights as otherwise it would cost a fortune in batteries. It is a nice addition, but the amount of batteries the kitchen runs through, for such simple features is daft.
My children adore this kitchen and not just my daughter. All three will happily play together, and while it is a little, small the accessories mean it can be used by more than one person at a time. This is one of the toys that they have continued to play with on a regular basis since Christmas. They do become frustrated when the kitchen falls apart, but they know that it can be rebuilt again. I have to admit I have no idea how it is a fold away kitchen. From the name I thought it was going to fold away neatly after use, but I think it just means easily dismantled. The pieces do come apart, but there is no way to store them all other than the box. As my little girl likes to use this daily it sits built in the playroom, so this is not really an issue for us. The kitchen is a little small and it does not take up a huge amount of space.
My only downside is that of course as it is a fold away kitchen it comes in pieces, and this means that sometimes the kitchen falls apart in use. The overall build is Ok but not overly fantastic. As the buildable parts are large this is not too much of a problem. You just have to slot everything in place which only takes around five minutes. Also, as the pieces are all made from durable plastic even the constant building of the kitchen has no effect on the quality at all.
I would recommend this kitchen to any Peppa pig fan. It is not amazing quality, but it well made to hold rough play from children. The accessories really make this kitchen stand out from the crowd, especially with the low price of £25. My little girl loves the bright colours, and while the extra features of lights and sounds are interesting, they are not essential for using it. There are parts that could be more thought out, but overall we are impressed with this kitchen. It is not going to last a life time but it has lasted 5 months so far and is still fully usable. I know that my daughters was purchased from Argos but they are currently unavailable. I have came across them in boots stores and they are also available on eBay.