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Toddler play kitchens to fire up their imagination

toddler play kitchen

While we all love a good mud kitchen, a play kitchen is a classic toy that children of all ages can enjoy, whether they’re playing alone or with friends or siblings. 

As well as keeping your child busy (and giving you a much-needed break), a play kitchen has lots of other benefits too. 

It encourages role play which gives children a chance to develop social skills by imitating grown-ups and inventing their own roles whether that’s chef, waiter, or a parent. There’s plenty of creativity to be had as your toddler experiments with the different elements of their kitchen and imagines plates full of delicious ‘food.’ 

A play kitchen will also provide a sense of independence as they take responsibility for ‘their’ kitchen: keeping it clean, organising and more.

It's also the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of cooking, helping tots to develop a love and understanding of food and food preparation that will (hopefully!) last throughout their life.

Whether you're looking for a Scandi kitchen that won't ruin your living room aesthetics or simply something that won't take up much room, we've got the toddler play kitchen for you...

Best DIY toddler play kitchen

A modern choice, this toddler play kitchen has hob lights that can be switched on and off with a realistic glow - although they’ll stay cool to the touch. The height of the legs can be adjusted to 3 positions so it’s ideal as your little one grows.If you search for this bargain play kitchen on Pinterest, you’ll find loads of amazing ways to personalise it for your youngster. 

Dimensions: 72 cm x 40 cm x 109 cm
Comes with accessories: No 

Review: “This perfect little play kitchen was easy to assemble, sturdy and definitely user friendly for a 2 & 5 year old. They have hours of pleasure at granny’s house.”

Best wooden toddler play kitchen

Made from sustainable rubberwood and top quality plywood, this play kitchen is truly beautiful with a hob, oven, microwave, butlers sink, basket drawers and shelves. We love the pretty colours and the fact it comes with accessories to promote healthy eating such as fish, herbs and veggie garnishes. 

Dimensions: 91.5 x 67 x 32.5 cm
Comes with accessories: Yes  

Best toddler play kitchen for smaller spaces

If you’re looking for a toddler play space that won’t take up much room, this one from LeapFrog is a winner. Technically it’s just a sink but there’s plenty for your youngster to play with like counting from 1 to 10 with the soap pump, matching size and colour while loading the plates into the correct slots in the drying rack and practising following directions by pressing the star activity button.

Dimensions: 35.5 x 17.7 x 29.5 cm
Comes with accessories: Yes

Review: “Cute and lovely toy. I bought it for a 21 month old girl and she loved it. She tries to repeat the colours and likes putting the plates in the “dishwasher”, opening and closing it and pressing the tap. Sometimes she stands up on the toy trying to climb the cot or throw it on the floor and the toy hasn't fissures or is broken, very good material.”

Best toddler play kitchen with accessories

You won't need to buy any accessories for this play kitchen as it comes packed with 30 of them, including plates, cutlery, cooking utensils and food pieces too. Simple to assemble, there's lots for your child to explore and it has battery operated light and sound functions for realistic play. 

Dimensions: 52 x 72 x 26cm
Comes with accessories: Yes (lots!)

Review: Perfect size for my 13 month old. Bought it on prime day for £26 and it is worth it. Easy to assemble, as it all just clicks together. The accessories are great and just the right amount. It is smaller than the average toy kitchens and just what I was looking for, as little one was tip toeing for other kitchens. Little one hasn't stopped playing with it since she woke up!

Best budget toddler play kitchen

Available to buy at an excellent price, this play kitchen comprises of a hotplate, sink, oven, fridge, hood and espresso machine as well as handy storage spaces. It's fairly small so most suitable for one child to play with. 

Dimensions: 40.29 x 31.3 x 19.8 cm
Comes with accessories: Yes

Review: "Really lovely little cooker, perfect size for my 17 month old granddaughter. Easy to assemble, stickers went on well, nice quality, quite sturdy and excellent price, quick delivery, very pleased."

Best all-round toddler play kitchen

There's a lot to love about this wooden play kitchen. Made of natural wood, it's sturdy and durable so it'll last for years and it's big enough for more than one child. It also comes with a great selection of accessories (including a rice cooker!) so your little one will have lots to help spur on their imagination. 

Dimensions: 79.5 x 39.5 x 98 cm
Comes with accessories: Yes

Best toddler play kitchen for travel

This compact kitchen playset packs away neatly into a wheeled and handled yellow food truck carry case, so it's ideal for taking with you for fun on the move. It even comes with accessories which include a pan, pot, knife, fork, spoon, vegetable, fruits.

Dimensions: 26.8 x 9.7 x 20 cm
Comes with accessories: Yes

Best toddler play kitchen for several children

This impressive kitchen from Smoby will grow with your toddler thanks to its removable baseboards that can heighten the countertop to 8cm, so kids can enjoy playing from 3 years (without baseboards) right up 6-8 years old (with baseboards). Your tot will adore the Magic Bubble function where they can put the pot on the hob and the water 'boils' as well as the heat-sensitive pasta that changes colour once put in cold water. 

Dimensions: 82 x 19 x 76 cm
Comes with accessories: Yes

Review: "The play kitchen arrived promptly in a flatpack box and was easy to build. Both our 5 year old son and our 20-month old daughter love it. Even my husband and I found it very flattering in our home and the size is not too overwhelming. This toy being plastic, I did worry it wouldn't be as sturdy as the wooden play kitchens, but after assembling it we really saw the quality come through. The "boiling" hob was as good as real (battery operated piece that actually makes the water in the pot gurgle and bubble!) and all of us had so much fun playing with it."

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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