It doesn’t matter if I’m cooking or not, my son loves to play with all of my pots and pans in the kitchen. He also runs up to any play kitchen that he can find at his friends’ houses and plays there for minutes at a time (we are not to hours yet). Although he is not even a year and a half, I feel like he is subliminally begging me for a play kitchen. The only issue is that kitchens suitable for a boy, aka not in pink, are hard to come by. But after quite a bit of searching I have narrowed down the search to my top five kitchen sets (non-plastic) suitable for a boy (in no particular order):
This kitchen is by Camden Rose. It is made of 100% real hard wood, no plywood, particle board, paint, or fancy colors here. My friend Chelsea likes to call this the ultimate kitchen for the hippie parent. Honestly I really like the old fashioned simplicity which will help a child use their imagination a little more.
I’m sure most of you have seen this kitchen from Ikea. It is swedish and simple with clean lines and no fuss. At the base price of $99 you really can’t go wrong. The size is small enough to fit in a child’s room and the bright colors of fake food will help brighten up the piece.
Now if you like red this is a great set from Pottery Barn Kids with a retro twist. The pieces can be purchased individually but are expensive ranging from $500-$700. What I like about this set is that it actually looks nice and is very sturdy. Every Pottery Barn Kids store has a few of these pieces on the floor and they are played with by thousands of kids everyday and still look good. Expensive but built to last.
I’m not sure about the quality of this one by Guidecraft because I have not seen it in person, but it looks pretty darn cute to me. I personally love the unisex turquoise color and like the fact that you don’t have to purchase multiple pieces to have the whole kitchen. It looks like there is quite a bit of assembly required with this one so parents beware, but if you have the space for a large kitchen like this in your room or playroom this is a wonderful choice.
My personal pick (mainly because I am partial to the look of stainless steel) is this one by Kidcraft. I like that it has a low profile so that it can fit under a window and that it does not have a microwave since I don’t like them (I’m hoping to teach my son how to really cook instead of just heat up). The finish is a high gloss which will help avoid chipping and the size is just big enough so that more than one child can play at time.
Which set is your favorite? Or do you have a particular one at home that you love?