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Best kids’ play kitchen 2020 that your little chef will love

Having children means you’re almost destined to have a toy kitchen reside in your family home at some point. 

But as toys go, there’s no denying that the humble toy kitchen has become one of the most stylish toys on the market.

Great for a child’s development, imagination and dexterity, a well put together toy kitchen can hold children’s attention for hours on end, and it’s lovely to watch children enrol in some creative roleplay.  

While you’ll struggle to find one under £50, see this as an investment, with the majority on the market made from wood, toy kitchens are designed to last the early years, and even passed on to siblings.  

Some come with accessories aplenty, while some are stark but it’s almost always necessary to purchase some additional so bear that in mind when purchasing.

However, by refreshing accessories occasionally it’ll make the play kitchen seem like a whole new toy.  

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We tested these toy kitchens with a three year old and a four year old, over the course of two weeks. 

Looking out for child playability such as clicking oven knobs and moveable sink taps, size – a taller kitchen will last that bit longer, design and quality (here’s looking at you sebra kitchen).

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Cook ‘n Learn smart kitchen

If it was up to the kids this would definitely be their choice. This kitchen really does come to life, responding to actions and by using the included accessories maximising the playtime as it holds kids’ attention longer than any other we tested. Technology heavy, there’s plenty of fun sound effects too, such as sizzling when pan or pot is on the hob, or chopping noise when food is on the chopping board, there’s even a flowing water effect when the sink tap is on – and like a real oven the light comes on when the door is open! But the play really comes to life when you add an iPad or tablet, simply download the free Cook ‘n Learn app, connect through Bluetooth and choose between four modes of play and learning with free play, games, recipes and music – while the kids loved this feature we did feel that this does take away an element of imagination and role play.

This added feature isn’t necessarily needed though as the kitchen comes with a whopping 40 accessories, with everything from  pans, plates and cups to homegrown veg so there’s really no need for any additional purchases. While this is made of plastic it’s been tastefully designed and feels very robust, and there’s plenty of room for two children to play together. You’ll need to buy four AA batteries, and the construction took us around 90 minutes but was clear to follow, be prepared for the stickers to be a little fiddly and make sure you get them right as there’s no unsticking them!

The verdict: Kids’ play kitchens

The tidlo country play kitchen not only looks good on the eye, but allows for hours of imaginative play for two children comfortably – we love that it’s that bit taller to offer longevity while being incredibly child friendly.

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