I fondly remember days of my childhood, spent playing happily with my little play kitchen. I would cook, bake and create recipes based on imagination. I loved pretending I was cooking just like my mom!
Now I am a mother, and I love to see my children in the kitchen! They raid the cabinets and drawers and find the tools they need to mix, bake and create via dramatic play. A cookie cutter becomes a vessel for imagination; a lid to a storage dish becomes a fancy serving platter that is fit to present a meal to a queen on.
Offering kids the chance to engage in dramatic kitchen play offers so many benefits. From language development and early life skills to learning about social interactions and teamwork, a kitchen play set can open the doors to a lifelong love of learning and cooking.
There are so many incredible play kitchens available, that no matter what style you are looking for, there is one that will be a perfect fit for your growing family! I want to share a few of my favorites from the Blue Digger shop with you to help you find a play kitchen that your kids will cherish for years to come, both to play with and in years to come when they reminisce on their childhood.
This vintage kitchen is available in red or pink and has a lot of retro appeal in a small package. Featuring a cordless phone, a removable sink for easy clean up and doors to open and knobs to turn, this cute vintage option is bound to offer many chances for dramatic kitchen play.
I love this Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen for several reasons. It is absolutely what little girls dream of, trust me on this, when my daughter saw it she squealed "Look at that oven Mom!" It features cloth curtains behind the sink, a dishwasher, fridge and oven, a chalkboard surface to write on and these great pegs to hang play pots and pans from. This generously sized kitchen is perfect for multiple playmates to use at the same time.
The Step 2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill is packed full of fun chances to learn through play. Featuring kitchen appliances like a grill, refrigerator, and oven, this set also has electronic features for a complete bells and whistles kitchen experience. I love that it includes a generous 103 piece set of play food and dishes.
If you are looking for something smaller and simpler, then we have a gorgeous Blue Kitchen Center that covers the basics of kitchen play in elegant style. This play kitchen set includes a microwave, sink, oven, and stove. It won't take up a lot of space but offers kids the perfect amount of space for pretend kitchen play.
I would love to hear about your kids experiences with dramatic kitchen play and how you encourage them to continue playing, learning and cooking up fun!