Imaginative play has always been one of my daughter’s most favorite things to do as a preschooler. So when our little man was born I wondered whether he would be as big a fan as he grew older or whether little boys had their own favorite thing to do.
Now, as a three year old, I can testify that he’s as big a fan of imaginative play as his sister was. And this Mama couldn’t be happier.
As a Step2 Test Drive Blogger, I’m blessed with the opportunity to test out toys before they hit the market and earlier this Fall, we were sent the Step2 Lil’ Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen to test out.
Now not being a fan of anything that takes up too much space, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to love having a toy kitchen placed in the kids play room but over a month later I can vouch that it has been one toy that is played its worth in our home!
A Step2 Lil’ Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen for Christmas?
What better way to kick off the month of November and set our Christmas Gift Guide 2013 into high gear?
This is one toy I would recommend adding to that wish list for more reasons than one. (P.S. The kitchen is exclusively sold at Toys “R” Us stores!)
Take a look at the specifications…
Made in USA of US and imported parts. Some accessories and electronics made in China.
-Three realistic electronics include a bubbling stove top, beeping oven and ringing phone
-Make the coffee, set the clock and write a note on the chalkboard
-Wide counters and pass through window are perfect for a play date!
-Clear cabinet doors open up for more storage
-Handy bins make clean up easy!
-The recycling bin and reusable bag help teach responsibility and imitate home
-43-piece accessory set includes dishes & food, pots & pans and reusable single use coffee pods!
-Requires two “AA” & two “AAA” batteries (not included) and three 1.5 v button cell batteries (included)
Adult assembly required
Product Number: 837300
Dimensions: 46.00 H 39.00 W 16.75 D
Weight: 30.00 lbs
What makes the Step2 Lil’ Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen a great toy?
In an age filled with electronics, it’s heartening to see companies like Step2 strive to manufacture quality toys that encourage good, old fashioned play.
Imaginative play is a personality developing skill that needs to be nurtured and encouraged…
and the Step2 Lil’ Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen does just that!
It’s so much fun watching my son (and daughter, she’s 7 but that doesn’t stop her from having as much fun with this toy!) take his “cooking” scenarios to different levels.
One day he’s a gourmet chef whipping up delicacies on a cooking show (yes, we watch way too much Food Network in our home!), the next he’s a famous restaurateur serving mouth watering dishes and the third he’s a parent cooking for his child!
With a complete kitchen at his disposal (and I’m talking microwave, an oven that actually beeps, a stove that actually lights up, a refrigerator, cabinets et al!), why not?
I love that I can also teach him through play.
For instance, take the veggie and fruit trays. Dump out all the pretend play food you have (The kitchen comes with a few pretend play food items, we added a bunch more to make play more fun!) and ask your child to sort out the fruit from the veggies.
This is a great toy for both boys and girls…and honestly, your elementary school aged child will have just as much fun playing with his/her preschool/toddler sibling, with the same.
This is definitely one toy that provides hours of fun…
good, ol’ fashioned fun!
One of my readers will win their very own, gender neutral, Step2 Lil’ Chef’s Gourmet Kitchen, just in time for Christmas!
(Woohoo!! Can you say “Thank you Step2″?)
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