Reviewed by Louisa Nashir
My little girl Kate, age 8, loves role playing and she loves cooking up a storm so I knew that this delightful little Tidlo Kitchen Station from John Crane would be perfect for my budding chef!
The kitchen arrived swiftly and was packaged extremely well which was brilliant to see as parcels do often get a bit battered and banged during transit so it’s nice to see a company thinking of this before posting items.
The kitchen required assembly which was easily done with the enclosed Allen key and a cross headed screw driver. Even a DIY novice like myself found it simple as the enclosed instructions were simple to follow and soon enough the Kitchen Station was ready for my little lady to play with.
As soon as Kate came home from school and spotted the kitchen she was taken with it and went upstairs to get her box of play food down so she could begin cooking.
The kitchen came with a good range of every day utensils (saucepan, cooking pan, tea towel, kettle, ladle, fish slice etc…), it even came with some incredibly funky salt and pepper shakers!
The kitchen is a joy to look at as its so colourful and realistic looking and is so strong and robust that I can see it lasting many years.
Kate and her big sister both enjoyed playing with it and loved the oven and hob knobs which clicked when you turned them and soon enough they had created a play food masterpiece of potatoes, cake and spaghetti! Sound delicious right?!
Once the girls had finished their cooking it was time to wash up and Kate took charge of this pretending to use the taps to wash her stack of dirty pots and pans and her sister was the designated dish dryer!
Both girls had a lot of fun playing with the kitchen and it was good to see them both playing together nicely as they have a 5 year age gap between them so they don’t often spend much play time together as the eldest is usually out with her friends or glued to her mobile phone.
The age suggestion for the kitchen is 3 years+ but at the age of 8 Kate loved it as she does a lot of role play and cooking at her special needs school so it was nice for her to continue her role play at home away from the real kitchen as she often floods the place when washing up!
Although the kitchen is small, it measures W50xD30xH76cm, Kate and her sister didn’t mind getting down on their knees to play with it so please don’t be put off by the size.
The kitchen is now in Kate’s bedroom ready for her next round of cooking.
A fabulous role playing toy which will stimulate your child’s mind for years to come and also teach them the basics of cooking and washing up.
I should imagine this will be a very popular request to Father Christmas this year!
Suitable age: 3 years +
Available to buy from Amazon here.