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Play Kitchens for Pretend Play
I suck at pretend play.
Using my imagination to play barbies, cars, stuffies, whatever it may be is high on the “do it just because it is good for them” list. I am always doing it wrong.
I say the wrong things, answer when it is not my turn, sit in the wrong spot, but I try. My kids appreciate that I try. Even when they have to narrate for me.
Play kitchens, though, I can do. It is easier for me to pretend play using a play kitchen and I think that is because there are so many different things you can do with it. It is not just playing “house”, it is teaching them many valuable lessons and skills.
10 Reasons Why Play Kitchens are Great Learning Tools
- Encourages sharing through group play
- Promotes leadership and teaches the ability to give directions
- Familiarizes children with basic life skills
- Great for practicing manners
- Creates organizational habits
- Sparks curiosity about different jobs – restaurant and store employees and owners, etc.
- Creates many opportunities to educate safety and basic math skills
- Helps develop social and emotional skills
- Fosters language development
- Exercises thinking skills and thought processes
Exploring Different Play Kitchens
There are many different shapes, sizes, and styles available these days. It is very possible to find a play kitchen that will fit your style and your space. Here are some of the favorites around.
Play Kitchen Alternatives
Kitchens aren’t everyone’s thing. There are some neat alternatives, though!
Play Kitchen Accessories
I keep different accessories for my play kitchen and bring them out separately for different games. This way we can play house, restaurant, and even grocery store!