“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Toy kitchen with accessories and realistic cooking noises „
This kitchen is very compact and great if you are limited on space and don't have room for big toys to be out all of the time. It comes in a small case which is 50cm wide and opens up it to being the base and the top of the kitchen the rest of the parts are inside, it comes with a sheet which shows you how to put it together, it is very easy and took me about five minutes, when taking it apart it again takes only a couple of minutes and packs away easily.
This kitchen also has other accessories included which include a little green and white striped chefs outfit which even includes a little oven glove and chefs hat, there is play food included as well as cutlery which hang down above the hob on three little hooks.
The top of the cooker has two hobs the right one of which, when pressed lights up and talks to you and will even make cooking noises such as a boiling pan of water or a frying pan frying, which is a great and realistic feature. To the right of that there is a plastic moulded little sink with a tap and work top. The oven even has an opening door and a shelf inside.
My son loves this toy and uses it on an almost daily basis, . I paid £25 for it which is excellent value and I haven't seen a kitchen of this standard at a cheaper price.
My son has a fascination with my kitchen, especially the oven, perhaps because he knows he's not allowed to touch it. When he saw this kitchen set in Tesco he fell in love with it so he received it for his recent birthday.
The set cost £25 and is only available from Tesco as it is a Tesco made product. The kitchen is advertised as being suitable for ages 3+ however my son has just turned 2 and it seems perfectly fine for him. I think it depends on the individual child.
The kitchen is packed so that it looks like a little blue suitcase. It unclips easily and opens out to reveal all the individual pieces. There is a sheet showing how it all fits together and it really is very easy to clip it all in. To start with I thought the kitchen was going to be too flimsy as it was wobbling around a lot. However when the final piece went in at the front it seems to hold it all together and support it much better.
The set is also easy to disassemble and pack away again. This is a useful feature if you don't have much room and can't leave it out all the time. It's also useful if you are going away and want to take it with you. When packed in the case it measures around 50cm in width.
When fully assembled the kitchen measures 90cm in height. This is a nice height for my son as he can reach everything at the top without having to stretch. The kitchen is made of a light blue plastic. I especially liked the fact that it is gender neutral - it doesn't look girly! A lot of kitchen role play toys seem to have been designed just for girls and are pink and flowery. While I don't mind my son having pink toys, his Dad isn't too keen. It's nice to see Tesco designing role play toys for children in general rather than just for girls.
The set sits on a plastic base. Above the base it the oven, complete with a purple opening door and shelf. Above the oven is the hob. To the sides of the hob is a sink with tap and a work area. There is an accessory section above the hob as well as a shelf that can hold the little tea cups. The accessory section contains little hooks that hold the accessories - plastic knives, forks, spoons, a spatula and big spoon. The accessories are a good sensible size. They have nice big handles that means my son can hold onto them easily and even manage to put them back on their hook.
The hob has a noise feature that is a nice addition. When turning the far right dial the right hand hob makes different noises. A voice says various phrases like 'What shall we cook today?'. If the toy saucepan is put on the hob then it makes bubbling sounds as though water is boiling. When the frying pan is used it makes oil frying sounds. This actually scared my son the first time and he yelled "HOT!" and ran away! I think I had drilled it in to him that my pans are hot and he musn't go near them and he got confused. Once I had explained that his pans were toys and they weren't hot he was fine and he hasn't been scared of them since.
The set comes with other accessories such as plastic food and, my favourite, a little chef's outfit! The chef's outfit is a green and white striped apron, an oven glove and a chef hat. The outfit is made in a way that it would be suitable for a wide age range of children. The apron ties at the waist and back of neck and the hat has a velcro section to adjust the fit. My son loves to wear his chef's outfit (so much that he once wore it out shopping as he didn't want to take it off!) and I think it's a lovely addition to the set and helps the child develop their role playing skills.
I would definitely recommend this kitchen set. It is the cheapest one I have seen and it comes with a lot of accessories. It is slightly less sturdy than others but that is mainly because it is one that can be dismantled and packed away. I especially like the dress-up clothes.