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A children's kitchen is suitable for children to discover the world of cooking. A children's kitchen is fun and can be pedagogically valuable for the child's education. Because there are no limits to the imagination. In this way, you can support your child's development in a playful way.

Children's kitchens are there to introduce the child safely to the subject of cooking and thus provide playful access to adult life. In the following, we will introduce you to some models and, among other things, we have worked out important aspects for you.




Summary

  • A children's kitchen makes pedagogical sense, as many skills are already promoted at an early age
  • Important purchase criteria are the dimensions, age recommendation, equipment and accessories
  • Children's kitchens are available in various price ranges that differ in terms of equipment, quality and size

The Best Children's Kitchen: Our Selection

Buying and evaluation criteria for children's kitchens

The following buying criteria should make it easier for you to make a purchase decision and compare the different kitchen models.

The criteria that you can use to compare the children's kitchens with each other include:

Dimensions, height of the worktop

There are many children's kitchen models on the market, which also differ significantly in terms of dimensions. Children grow quickly and the kitchen becomes smaller and smaller in their eyes.

Therefore, it is important to determine the height of the worktop. In addition, you should not underestimate how much space a children's kitchen takes up in the home. That's why it's advisable to measure the free space in your home beforehand so that you can match it up with a children's kitchen model.

Age recommendation

Some children's kitchen models are recommended for ages 3 and up. This is because some models contain small parts that can easily be swallowed. However, the manufacturer always gives an age recommendation, which you should always pay attention to.

Equipment

When it comes to the equipment, you should pay attention to whether the kitchen is made of wood or plastic. Furthermore, the children's kitchen should have a certain basic equipment such as a microwave, sink and oven.

In addition, there are models that offer some electronics, such as the hob or microwave with sound and light functions. If a children's kitchen needs to be assembled, you should also make sure that it comes with step-by-step assembly instructions.

Accessories

As a rule, many children's kitchen models only offer a minimal number of accessories, such as a pot, pan and kitchen tools. Therefore, it is also advisable to see if there are any other accessories in the range for the particular model. Many models have storage space for accessories, but with many manufacturers you have to buy them separately.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about children's kitchens answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about the topic of children's kitchens. In this way, we want to give you a better overview of the products.

Who is a children's kitchen suitable for?

Neutral children's kitchens are suitable for girls and boys aged at least 3 years, as the risk of swallowing small parts decreases from this age. There are also models that are more suitable for a girl than for a boy, such as the pink retro-style kitchen from above.

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Children can discover the world of cooking in a playful way with children's kitchens. Moreover, learning through play in a children's kitchen is educationally valuable. (Image source: Polesie Toys/ Pexels)

And if you as a parent want to involve your child in your everyday life in the kitchen, so that your child has the chance to imitate you when you are cooking. This way, your children also have the opportunity to understand contexts, why and why why adults do this and that in the kitchen.

What types of children's kitchens are there?

Just like in real kitchens, there are different types of children's kitchens. There are children's kitchens that can be played with from both sides, but they take up a lot of space in the room.

Larger and flexible children's kitchens made of wood, which also offer a kind of construction kit as an extension, can be set up well in an L-shape or even a U-shape in the children's room. However, these cost a lot more than simple children's kitchens.

There are also kitchens made of plastic, which are usually a little cheaper. However, you should always check for harmful substances in the plastic.

What does a children's kitchen cost?

The price of a children's kitchen is determined by the size, material and equipment. The market offers models ranging from standard to luxury, so that a price range from cheap to expensive is available. The following table should give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (10-50 €) smaller kitchens made of plastic with very few to no accessories
Medium-priced (50-100 €) medium kitchen made of plastic or wood with basic equipment such as pan, pot, spatula
High-priced (from 100 €) larger kitchens made of wood as a building block function, so that you can expand them with further building blocks

Wood or plastic - which children's kitchen is better?

There are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. In the following, we present a few advantages for wooden and plastic children's kitchens.

Wood plastic
Pollutant-free less expensive
More environmentally friendly easy to assemble
durable more mobile and lightweight
visually more beautiful easier to clean

Both materials have advantages. A children's kitchen made of plastic may have more extra electronics and a colourful design. Children's kitchens made of wood, on the other hand, are more robust and durable.

Conclusion

Playing in a children's kitchen is not only fun, but also educationally useful. It promotes some of the child's skills and only contributes positively to development.

In addition, the child can give free rein to his or her imagination by preparing creative dishes and meals. By managing the kitchen utensils and using the kitchen equipment, the child's motor skills are trained. Role-playing with friends has a positive influence on social behaviour and communication.

In addition, children's kitchens can also be expanded into other play opportunities, such as a small café. And if you even position the children's kitchen correctly, you can specifically ensure that you always have your child in view.

Picture source: by Polesie Toys/ Pexels

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