Playtime is the perfect chance for your child to really let their imagination go wild. With that in mind, why not go with a kitchen set that looks like it is right out of a treehouse?
The Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen gives that exact feel, using a more organic look to it and a display that could have been carved right out of the side of a large tree. With the options available to you here, it is a fun set that doesn't break the bank. You just need to make sure whether or not the Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen is the right set for you and your child or not.
Before heading out and buying the Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen, you need to compare it to other sets on the market in a few different ways. These individualized categories you need to keep in mind include:
The Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen does have a few accessories that come with the set. Now, there are other brands that package in sets with dozens of accessories. While you won't receive that here, there is enough added toys to help keep your child happy. It includes a cooking pot, frying pan, some fruits and veggies, plus a stool that pulls out from one side.
The Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen has a price point of $88 as of April, 2016. Now this can depend on where you buy it and whether or not shipping is included or free, so keep that in mind. It is also designed for children between the ages of three and seven.
You can probably get away with having a slightly younger child play with the set (may of the kitchen sets on the market are for two years and up), while seven might be just slightly too old, depending on how tall your child grows.
The Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen does come with some nice features you need to consider. Some of these features include:
With the kitchen set, you do receive some quality features and design elements. Additionally, as it is molded from plastic, it should only take about five or 10 minutes to put it all together. This way, you can have it up and running for your child to play with. In order for the electronic sounds to work, you will need two AAA batteries (not included).
The Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen is a nice size for just about any location. It is a bit deeper than most kitchens though, which gives some added storage space. In total, it is approx. 24 inches long, 21 inches deep and 35 inches tall. Now, with the depth you will need to be a bit careful walking around it (most kitchens have a depth of around 14 inches or so). At just around two feet long through you can put it in most rooms without it taking up too much space.
Additionally, the kitchen weighs in at 32 pounds. Most of the weight is at the base so you shouldn't have much of an issue with it tipping over. It also makes it light enough to move from one room to the next, should it prove necessary.
Before you buy the new kitchen, make sure you compare it with other kitchen sets on the market. The Step2 Lifestyle Custom Kitchen Playset has many of the same features and is just about the same size. It also costs only a few dollars more at $96. It is made out of wood (for the most part) instead of plastic. However, it doesn't come with the kind of accessories you'll find with Little Tikes.
Maybe you'd want a Little Tikes kitchen but would like the price to come down a bit or save a bit more space. The Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen runs at $79 and is a corner unit, so you can push it into any corner. And while there are many options in this same brand, that is just one to throw out quick.
The Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen gives you some exceptional play potential. It isn't extremely large, so you should be able to place it just about anywhere. It also provides plenty of storage and a handful of nice features your child will love. Of course, as is the case with any kitchen set, just make sure to look over all the features and compare the set with other sets on the market to make sure it is the right option available.