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Welcome to the Wellness Guide! Today we are going to talk about a toy that brings more benefits than you can imagine: the toy kitchen. By simulating the act of cooking, both boys and girls have fun while developing creativity and learning. With the popularity of this toy, today there are several models. That is why, in this article we will show you what you should consider before buying the ideal toy kitchen.




First, the most important thing

  • The toy kitchen teaches the child about food, colours and shapes, as well as developing socialisation and the expression of emotions.
  • Nowadays there are several options, from the simplest to the most complete and realistic.
  • We will show you which features differentiate one model from another and how to choose the best toy kitchen.

The Best To Kitchens: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Buying the toy kitchen may seem simple. But with so many models it is necessary to consider some factors to purchase the one that will actually entertain and teach children. That is why we have created this Buying Guide with all the information you will need to make the best decision when investing in the ideal toy kitchen.

Menina e menino brincando de cozinhar.

Play cooking is an activity that appeals to all children. (Source: famveldman / 123rf)

What is a toy kitchen?

Every child starts at an early age to play at reproducing both the behaviour of mum and dad and the routine of the environment in which they live. And one of these games that attracts both boys and girls is the toy kitchen. If children see their parents preparing meals and taking care of the house, they will represent these activities in their play.
Playing games like this stimulates a child’s creativity and learning.

The fact is that by creating an environment with a cooker, refrigerator, cutlery and many other utensils that exist in a real kitchen, a child not only has fun, but develops important skills. Due to its importance and success among the little ones, nowadays it is possible to find versions of the toy that are closer and closer to reality. Not infrequently, you will find the toy kitchen with parts and accessories that really work, further stimulating the child to develop creativity and learning. In addition, it is possible to find toy kitchens in a variety of sizes and themes.

Cozinha de brinquedo.

The toy kitchen reproduces the real scenario for children. (Source: MikesPhotos / Pixabay)

Why is it important to play kitchen?

In addition to spending hours of fun, playing at making food, children also learn and develop with the toy kitchen. Because they are designed for children, toy kitchens are easy to interact with, with utensils and “appliances” designed for their size. And they also allow the little ones to get in touch with the world of gastronomy from an early age. They are also a great way to promote social interaction between friends or siblings: while some cook, others clear the table and sweep the room, for example. Not to mention the stimulus to creativity, since the menu may include toy foods and non-perishable food, such as beans, corn and lentils. And there’s more: playing with kitchen objects can also help develop skills such as motor coordination, concentration and the discovery of new vocabulary, objects, numbers and colours. To help you understand the full potential of the toy kitchen, we list below the main benefits of this activity:

  • Emotional development: Children learn that cooking, even as a game, is an act of love, of caring for others and of giving of oneself.
  • Relationship with the environment: It is essential that children understand that the food they eat does not come from supermarket shelves, but is produced and/or planted. By playing at cooking, they interact and learn the value of healthy food.
  • Pleasant food: When children start playing at cooking, they begin to have an intimate relationship with food. Curiosity also opens doors for new experiments. In other words, with a simple game, even the act of eating can be transformed. After all, it is not uncommon for mums and dads to face difficulties in introducing new foods into their children’s meals. Playing with a toy kitchen can be a playful and effective tool to help you through this important process.

Why does cooking together with children strengthen bonds?

When playing with the toy kitchen, it is important that children feel free to use their imagination. But it is also essential that mums and dads take the time to play together with their children. The aim here is not to control or dictate rules and regulations. The idea is that together you can have fun and strengthen the relationship between you. To begin with, you can place the toy kitchen in one of the corners of the real kitchen. That way, you can not only supervise the child, but also encourage the exchange of experiences. While you cook, the child cooks too.

Mulher brincando de comidinha com crianças.

Adults playing kitchen games with children helps to strengthen bonds. (Source: Graham Oliver / 123rf)

It will also be a good opportunity to playfully show the little ones how to cut a food, how to mix it or even how to cook it. It is also at this moment that you can learn more about your child’s taste in food, understand their limitations and find solutions so that they can interact better with food.

What precautions should I take when playing with a toy kitchen?

In general, the toy kitchen is made with special materials and parts for the child to be completely safe. In other words, both the structure of the kitchen and the objects and parts that make it up are made in such a way that the child cannot get hurt. This is especially due to the manufacturing material and the size of the parts. But, even so, like every toy, you need to take some extra care.

Menina brincando em cozinha de brinquedo.

A small child playing kitchen requires supervision. (Source: Oksana Kuzmina / 123RF)

Care should be even stricter when it comes to very young children, from 2 to 4 years old. This is because some toy kitchens may contain very small parts that can be ingested or introduced by the child itself, either in the mouth, ear or nose. Therefore, experts recommend that you are always nearby supervising very young children during play.

What are the advantages of the toy kitchen?

As we have already seen in this article, the advantages of toy kitchen are numerous. In addition to being a fun, playful and colourful toy, the toy kitchen stimulates children’s cognitive, social and motor development from an early age. This type of play is excellent for involving children in household chores from an early age and encourage them to have contact with cooking. In addition, the toy kitchen develops vocabulary, the discovery of new foods, promotes socialization by playing with peers, in addition to storytelling, creativity and imagination.

Another advantage of the toy kitchen is that it gives children a sense of responsibility when cooking and feeding their dolls, cleaning dishes and organizing utensils. But there are also some disadvantages to the toy kitchen. Nowadays, the most complete models, and especially the life-size ones for children, can cost a lot. Below, you can see the main advantages and disadvantages of toy kitchens:

Advantages
  • Improves the child”s nutrition
  • Discovery of new foods
  • Learning of vocabulary, shapes and colours
  • Emotional and social development
  • Sense of responsibility
Disadvantages
  • High cost

How much does a toy kitchen cost?

The price of the toy kitchen varies greatly depending on the model, size and number of pieces. Therefore, you will find toy kitchens costing between GBP$5 and GBP$0,26 thousand. Of course, you don’t need to buy the most expensive one. But it is worth noting that, in general, the very cheap ones contain only a mini-furnace and not the complete kitchen.

Where to buy a toy kitchen?

You will find the toy kitchen for sale in toy shops, department stores and hypermarkets like Lojas Americanas, Ponto Frio and Extra. But we recommend that you make your purchase at online shops like Amazon Brasil. Thus, you not only guarantee more options of models to choose from, but you also get the toy kitchen from the comfort of your home.

Purchase Criteria: What to consider when choosing a toy kitchen

With so much variety available in the market, it can be difficult to choose the ideal toy kitchen that still fits in your budget. Therefore, it is necessary that you understand what are the features that differentiate one model from another. To do so, we have selected for you the main factors that should be taken into account before buying the toy kitchen:

  • Size
  • Model
  • Accessories
  • Theme

Below, we will explain each of these factors for you to make the best decision and invest in the ideal toy kitchen.

Size

Size is the first factor you should take into account before buying the toy kitchen for children. This criterion will influence not only how the child will interact with the toy, but also the final price. You can find the toy kitchen in different sizes: from miniature to real size (for kids). The miniature toy kitchen can be a good choice for children from two years old and up. However, this model is one that requires more attention from adults. Because it contains very small parts, there is a greater risk of accidents. To give you an idea, a small toy kitchen can measure about 19.4cm high, 68.2cm wide and 15.1cm deep.

A medium size toy kitchen is approximately 89cm high, 38cm wide and 63cm deep. The largest and most complete model can be 1.19m high, 35.5cm wide and 1.01m deep. To make the right choice, we also recommend that you take into consideration both the available space you have at home and the size of the child. After all, there’s no point investing in a large toy kitchen if the child can’t reach the higher parts. This also goes for very small kitchens. This model may not be attractive to children who are already older and need more realistic objects to arouse their interest.

Model

After choosing the ideal size of the toy kitchen, we recommend that you take into account the model available. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of models. But to give you an idea, we have listed below the two most popular toy kitchen models:

  • Simple worktop with sink and cooker
  • Bench complete with cupboards and seating area

The model that comes with just the sink countertop and cooker is usually simpler, but it can still be the best option to start playing with children between 2 and 4 years old. In general, this model does not contain so many parts and appliances. The complete toy kitchen, on the other hand, can come with a seating bench or extended bench with cupboard, as well as shelves and a wide range of appliances. In this case, the toy is also usually bigger, which can be ideal for children from 4 years old on.

Accessories

Another factor you should note is the amount of accessories and parts that come with the toy kitchen. Of course, the more accessories, the better the game will be. Not to mention that the cost benefit is also higher. After all, if you buy the accessories separately you will certainly pay more for it.

 Comidinhas de brinquedo.

The more accessories the toy kitchen has the better it will be. (Source: RitaE / Pixabay)

You will find the toy kitchen containing parts like cooker, refrigerator, microwave, sink, cabinets, shelves, sitting benches, among others. In addition, you will find models that include between 10 and 40 pieces such as, for example: pans, cutlery, glasses, plates, lying foods and so on.

Theme

We also recommend that you look at the theme of the toy. After all, this may be another factor that will stimulate the child’s interest. Currently, you will find options with the theme of princesses, characters from children’s stories and even food truck, in which the child can play prepare and sell the food.

(Fonte da imagem destacada: Natala Standret / 123rf)

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