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Best Play Kitchen and Food Sets

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If your kids love playing pretend, a play kitchen set can help them learn the basics of cooking in a way that’s safe as well as fun. The best play kitchen sets come with a host of tools, from play ovens to spatulas, spoons and knives. Many even come with play foods kids can dish up for their dinner guests!
By playing with all of these items, not only can kids expand their imaginations, but they can also begin to expand their vocabularies by learning the names of the many different items in the kitchen. Caretakers can even work with children to learn some advanced new spelling words, from “eggplant” to “vegetable” to “microwave.” We’ve chosen play kitchen sets that offer kids plenty of ways to play pretend, all with items made from safe materials. This way, caretakers can feel confident in knowing their little ones will not be exposed to anything harmful.

This 71-piece play kitchen set from Battat is a great option for building a kid’s own kitchen from scratch or for adding on to an existing kitchen set. The wide range of tools is great for allowing children to play in many different ways. They can host their own pretend dinner party, bake up some pretend cookies or even start their very own pretend restaurant. This set is recommended for children ages 3 and older.

What good is a kitchen without plenty of delicious foods? While these foods are not edible, kids will have a blast pretending to cook with them or setting up a picnic for their friends or stuffed animals. Theincredibly wide range of options included in this set can help teach kids the names of all the different foods they encounter on a daily basis, such as hamburgers, ice cream, watermelons and mushrooms. With a little creative thinking, parents can even find a way to use these play foods to bolster children’s spelling skills! This set is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

One of the great things about pretend play is it can help teach children valuable skills without them even realizing they’re learning! This set of pretend food from Melissa & Doug can help children learn important basics about healthy eating. It includes some of children’s favorite foods and snacks, from hamburgers and cheese to bananas and bread. The foods are made of sturdy, solid wood and can help kids learn about the five major food groups. Everything comes in wooden crates that not only helps delineate the food groups but also makes for easy storage. This set is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Kids will feel like true chefs when they use this play kitchen set from Juboury. The fantastic quality of all the included items means they can be used again and again without having to worry about wear and tear. Because it includes a full range of items, including a set of real stainless steel pots and pans, this set is a great educational tool for teaching kids kitchen basics as well as vocabulary terms for the many different items. This set is recommended for children ages 2 and up.

We love the strength, durability and design of this play kitchen set from iPlay, iLearn. The set comes with a total of 18 items, making it a great starter kit or an add-on to an existing play kitchen. Among the many items in the set are unique ones, such as an eggplant among the play foods and a pizza cutter among the utensils. The inclusion of these items is a great way to teach children more about kitchen tools and help them learn new vocabulary terms. It also helps with motor skill development as kids “cut” the vegetables in half. This set is recommended for children ages 3 and up.

Expert Commentary

“Kitchen sets are a must for any household with children. Children love eating and watching parents cook. These sets provide a creative outlet for them to not only imitate you, but also cook up their own inventions. Along the way, they may even learn a thing or two about kitchen basics, food and equipment. Who knows, your child may be on the next ‘best kid chef’ cooking show!”

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.