Play kitchens are a great way to encourage imaginative play in your toddler. The best play kitchens for toddlers are ones that have lots of great features to play with and are safe for little hands.
I know that my toddlers always had a blast playing with their kitchens and pretending to make all sorts of foods, cakes, cookies, and even drinks.
Some of the reasons why I like play kitchens for toddlers is because not only does it encourage your child’s imagination but the toys are big enough that more than one child can play at a time. This also helps encourage sharing and playing well with others.
You’ll also find that kids will play with these kitchens for hours and come up with all sorts of fun things to do. They will play more than just “cooking” with the kitchens and you may be surprised at what creative games they come up with.
If you want your toddler to enjoy growing their imagination and get a toy that they will play with for hours, then check out the best play kitchens for toddlers below.
KidKraft Uptown Kitchen
The Uptown Espresso Kitchen from KidKraft is your ultimate modern style play kitchen for kids.
There are lots of fun features included in with this kitchen such as a chalkboard surface on the freezer, a cordless phone, and the oven, refrigerator, microwave and freezer all open for storage and play options.
The kitchen is large enough that more than one child can play together with it, but it’s not too large that it will take up all the space in a room. Also, since everything opens it’s nice for storing all the accessories or play food that you might get for the kitchen.
KidKraft is known for their quality toys and this is one play kitchen that will last and you can have even pass down to younger children.
One thing to keep in mind about this particular play kitchen is that it doesn’t come with any food or kitchen accessories such as pots and pans. Those are items that you will have to purcahse separately if you don’t already have them.
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen
Gone are the days were you used to have to spend $300 to buy a nice play kitchen for a child. The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen is a great play kitchen that won’t cost you more than around $75.
The nice thing about this kitchen as well, is that it isn’t as large as some of the other options, which may be nice if you are short on space in your home. It would be a nice option for a young toddler like a 1 year old or 2 year old because it is not overly huge and bulky.
This kitchen also has some nice features like the refrigerator and cabinets that open for not only play but for storage as well, there is a coffee pot that comes with the coffee maker on the counter, and the stove burner has fun cooking sounds when you turn the knobs.
Unlike the KidKraft Uptown Kitchen, this one does come with some accessories. They include the coffee pot, 2 plates, 2 cups, 2 forks, 2 knives, 2 spoons, a phone, and a frying pan.
Another thing that parents like about this kitchen is that is more of a unisex look instead of just pink like you find on other play kitchens. Although there is nothing wrong with a pink kitchen for some parents they would prefer the more realistic appearance as well as give their little boys and option for something besides pink.
Little Tikes Cook N Grow Kitchen
The Little Tikes Cook N Grow kitchen isn’t just your average, ordinary, play kitchen. Instead the kitchen can be configured two different ways so that young toddlers as well as older kids can easily play with the kitchen.
The stage 1 position has the oven and the refrigerator on the sides that allows the sink and counter top area to be lower so younger kids can reach everything. Once your child gets older you can easily place the oven and fridge underneath the counter area and have it look more like a regular play kitchen.
This is one of the few play kitchens that is actually recommended for age 1 and older as most other kitchens start at 2 or 3 years old.
The doors on the refrigerator, oven, and microwave all open allowing for more play as well as storage area for the accessories. There are electronic cooking sounds from the stove as well.
This item does come with 26 accessories that can all be used with the kitchen. The accessories that come with the kitchen include a phone, 2 coffee cups, pizzas on a pan, pizza cutter, 4 cupcakes with a cupcake pan, 4 plates, 4 forks, 4 knives, 4 spoons, hamburger with buns, hot dog with bun, and a coffee pot. There are also some cooking utensils that come with it as well.
One of the neatest accessories that come with the kitchen that is great for toddlers is the pot that comes with a shape shorter lid with 3 different shaped blocks. This is a cute feature to have and can even be used to introduce shapes and can be played with separately as well.
KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen
If you want to save some space at your home and place the play kitchen in the corner, you may want to consider the adorable Grand Gourmet Kitchen from KidKraft.
You won’t find a lot of play kitchens shaped like this that allow you to push it back in the corner of the room out of the way without taking up as much space. Even though it doesn’t take up as much space it is still large enough for more than one child to play with.
The kitchen has a sweet design with the pink curtains and pink accents on the appliances. If you have a fan of pink at home, this play kitchen will sure to be a hit.
All of the appliance doors open and there is even a chalkboard on the freezer to draw on. The knobs on the stove turn and click for realistic sounds and it even comes with a phone on the side. There is even a washing machine in the kitchen so your kids can not only cook but do laundry as well.
There are 4 accessories that come with this kitchen including a pot, a pan, and two spatulas.
This is a super cute play kitchen for toddlers that may be the best option if you are short on space or you need something that is sleeker in design.
There are several different factors to keep in mind to determine which play kitchen is best for your toddler. Any of the above kitchens would be perfect for a child but other things to keep in mind include how much money have to spend, how big your child is and how much room you have for the toy.