Giving your kids free rein to play in the family kitchen may not be the safest idea just yet. You should leave the cooking and sharp objects to the adults for the time being. Luckily, toy kitchens give little ones a chance to explore something they're interested in before they're ready to move on to real cooking, and there are so many on the market to choose from for different age ranges. Toy kitchens foster creativity, help your kids develop their fine motor skills, and maybe—just maybe—they'll spark an interest in taking over dinner duty someday.
Finding the right play kitchen set for your household may be dependent on a couple of different variables like size, budget, age range, and overall aesthetic. This list includes something for everyone, like a set perfect for smaller spaces, a luxurious Pottery Barn play set that to blend in with your actual home design, and others that are less about the set-up and more about the lifelike food accessories and "appliances."
To keep your kids playing creatively (and screen-free!), consider adding one of these adorable toy kitchens to your home. And for kids who are a little bit older, here are some recipes that you both can make together so they can get involved in the kitchen, plus kid's cooking kitsthat can be delivered straight to your door or on a semi-frequent basis so your child can explore their passion for cooking in an easy and safe way.
This top-rated toy kitchen is a hit for kids of all ages, which may have something to do with the realistic details on the six-appliance design, including speckled granite, patterned curtains, and a tile backsplash.
Equipped with Minnie-themed accessories such as a coffee pot, waffle maker, muffin tray, frying pan, and more, this popular toy kitchen set will be one they won't want to get rid of. And with a height of 39 inches, they won't have to for a while!
Want to deliver a farm-to-table experience for kids even as they're playing? This is the toy kitchen set you want to introduce them to. Not only will the modern wooden design be a gorgeous addition to their play area, but it even provides hands-on learning with planter boxes for kids to "grow" their own veggies.
Every good kitchen set needs some cooking tools. This one will give you everything you need, from play food to a kettle to a rice cooker. They'll be whipping up gourmet (plastic!) food in no time.
All 46 removable accessories and sound features—like running water and market-worthy produce—are perfectly within reach for a toddler. Plus, they're interactive enough to keep your kiddo engaged for a while.
Vintage lovers: This faux kitchen set-up looks adorably old school, no? It's big enough for multiple kids to play together, and has a removable (and washable) sink in case your little ones get carried away.
Not all toy kitchens will cost you upwards of $100. In fact, for about half of that, this set offers a play microwave, stovetop, and plenty of accessories.
Turns out Pottery Barn's stylish furniture isn't just for adults—they also make handcrafted wood sets for kids, too. This one includes a refrigerator, oven, and "farmhouse" sink. It might be the chicest pretend kitchen on the market.
This small, space-friendly toy kitchen will fit comfortably in just about any nook or cranny. Its working sink, steam, and sounds make up for its lack of size.
If you're looking for something super compact and straightforward, this set comes with a play microwave and plenty of food to "reheat." What better way to teach kids that cooking doesn't have to be complicated?
Among thousands of five-star reviewers are Amazon customers raving about how easy it is to assemble this three-piece kitchen set—and how long the set has lasted. We're partial to the adorable decals on every appliance, which show a microwave full of pizza, an oven full of cookies, and a fully stocked fridge.
No room for a kitchen set inside? This toy grill will let your little one "barbecue" something by your side during the warmer months. Its sturdy, durable construction can also endure weather year-round. The set even comes with BBQ must-haves, like ketchup and mustard.
The child with refined taste beyond their years will appreciate the hyper-realism of this sleek kitchen set, complete with a working "ice" machine and a grocery list.
This stand-alone structure boasts 103 accessories (!) including toy vegetables, cutlery, cookware, and condiments—basically the ingredients for whatever recipe your little one can dream up.
Take this on-the-go kitchen playset with you just about anywhere. From long car rides to sleepovers at the grandparents, it's a screen-free way of keeping your little one entertained.
Do they make these for adults? Because we wouldn't mind owning one of these retro, '60s-inspired kitchens, too.