We aren't just about outdoor play here at Wicken Toys. When we spotted these gorgeous wooden kitchens from Plum, we just had to stock them. Plum are renowned for the quality of their wooden outdoor toys, and we were excited to see that expertise applied to smaller indoor playsets.
If you are looking to buy a new toy kitchen for your little one, here's a few points to consider.
Gender Neutral Or Pink Perfection
For a long time manufacturers fell into the trap of thinking that homemaking games were just for girls. Of course this is wrong, and boys enjoy playing with toy kitchens just as much as girls do. Happily now the selection of gender neutral or boy-friendly toy kitchens is on the increase. If you have a a daughter, you might be tempted to buy a very feminine looking kitchen. Before you do so, consider the life of the product. Wooden kitchens are designed to last years, and if you might have a son in the near future, you will get better play value from a more neutral colour scheme.
Wooden Or Plastic
Toy kitchens are always either wooden or plastic.
Noise levels are about the same, but in different ways.
Plastic kitchens are quieter when they are being played with, as wooden doors and draws can make a loud noise when being closed.
On the other hand almost all plastic models take batteries and will deliver lights and sounds for interactive entertainment. This may be fun and engaging for the first ten minutes, but it won't be long before you are confiscating the batteries, and pretending the sound effects are broken so you can enjoy a few minutes peace and quiet.
Wooden kitchens tend to be heavier, and therefore more sturdy when you play with them. Plastic kitchens have a tendency to scoot across the floor while they are being used, and they are quite tempting to turn upside down and use as a make shift slide.
Plenty of use and love over the years tends to show more on a plastic model as the stickers used to decorate it will peel and scuff.
Quality Over Quantity
Wooden kitchens tend to be more expensive. When choosing how to spend your budget your options will be between an attrative, quality wooden toy kitchen, or a larger plastic model with dozens, possible even hundreds of accessories. Although a six foot long, multi-station kitchen-themed play centre, with 100 pieces of cutlery and 50 pieces of cooking equipment will certainly have the 'wow' factor, think about how that will practically fit into your home and family. How many of those accessories will get used? How quickly will they get lost under the sofa or mistakenly put away in the wrong boxes? It's not about how much you get for your money, it's about how much play value you get for your money.
If you're on a budget, don't forget to account for additional costs like play cooking equipment and pretend food. Often the accessories that come included are not particularly good quality, so save some money back (or ask relatives) to buy some beautiful extras to accompany the kitchen.
You can see our selection of beautiful wooden kitchens here.