If Levi’s toy preferences as a toddler are any indication of his future hobbies, he may just grow up to become quite the chef. My little guy loves play kitchens. When we visited family friends over Thanksgiving, Levi made a beeline for the Educo kitchen play set in their den, and he always enjoys the pretend grocery and kitchen exhibits at the Omaha Children’s Museum.
I think what Levi likes best about play kitchens is that they offer so much to do. (It’s not actually pretend play when they’re only 16 months old, is it?) There’s food to remove from cabinets and shelves, and there are pots and pans to bang and stir. And, of course, there are doors to open and close.
So I’m adding a toddler play kitchen to Levi’s wishlist. My preference is for something wooden, although I’m having a hard time deciding. Which do you like best?
Clockwise from top left: Hape Gourmet Kitchen // IKEA Duktig Mini-Kitchen // Guidecraft Kitchenette Center // Wonderworld Cooking Center Play Kitchen // Educo My Creative Cookery Club // KidKraft Espresso Toddler Play Kitchen
Or maybe all he needs is something small, just a couple of burners and some pots and pans. Here are a few wooden portable kitchens that caught my eye:
What type of pretend play does your little one enjoy the most? Do you have a future chef at home?