Play Kitchen Benefits for Kids

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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

  1. Encourages sharing through group play
  2. Promotes leadership and teaches the ability to give directions
  3. Familiarizes children with basic life skills
  4. Great for practicing manners
  5. Creates organizational habits
  6.  Sparks curiosity about different jobs – restaurant and store employees and owners, etc.
  7. Creates many opportunities to educate safety and basic math skills
  8. Helps develop social and emotional skills
  9. Fosters language development
  10. 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.

Step2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen and GrillStep2 Grand Walk-in Kitchen and Grill



Step2 Heart Of The Home Kitchen PlaysetStep2 Heart Of The Home Kitchen Playset



KidKraft Kids Kitchens Playset, White/blackKidKraft Kids Kitchens Playset, White/black



Teamson Kids – Retro Wooden Play KitchenTeamson Kids - Retro Wooden Play Kitchen



Teamson Contemporary Modern Play KitchenTeamson Contemporary Modern Play Kitchen


KidKraft Vintage Kitchen

KidKraft Vintage Kitchen

Play Kitchen Alternatives

Kitchens aren’t everyone’s thing. There are some neat alternatives, though!

Step2 Uptown Urban Wood Kitchen & Island PlayStep2 Uptown Urban Wood Kitchen & Island Play


Okay, How fricken cool is this! Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food TruckFisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin' Up Fun Food Truck



KidKraft Espresso Laundry SetKidKraft Espresso Laundry Set

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!


 A durable pot and pan set – Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Pretend Play Kitchen Set for Kids (8 pcs)Matching Melissa & Doug Stir and Serve Cooking Utensils (7 pcs)

This Melissa & Doug Baking Play Set (20 pcs)

Melissa & Doug Food Groups – 21 Hand-Painted Wooden Pieces and 4 Crates

Melissa & Doug Wooden Make-a-Cake Mixer Set (11 pcs)

6 pcs Carton Wooden Play Eggs Melissa & Doug Wooden Sandwich-Making Set

10 Piece Pots and Pans Kitchen Cookware

Happy Playing!

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