What Pretend Kitchen Toys Do You Need?
Pretend kitchens toys are such a great way to encourage children in their imaginative play. Start with the basics such as pretend kitchen utensils and play food. Wooden kitchen toys are best, as they are more sustainable and can be handed down from generation to generation. Then move on to more advanced toys for pretend kitchen play like a blender or toaster. Kids love pretending to be a chef or being able to copy mum and dad. Chopping, mixing, and cooking pretend food makes great role play. If you are looking for a special birthday gift, why not go for a kitchen range. Or if you want something that takes up less room try a table top kitchenette or tin cooking set. Any of the above will provide hours of learning for your little one, and lots of entertainment for you too.
How Does Kitchen Based Pretend Play Help Children?
Kitchen based pretend play helps children in so many ways. Kitchen role play is an exciting and fun activity. Pretend kitchen play gives them the opportunity to expand their creativity and imagination as they play different roles. This in turn leads to expansion of communication skills through enacting the role they are playing. As they become familiar with new objects and foods, they begin to expand their vocabulary and language skills. Plus, preparing a meal in a toy kitchen isn’t easy. It requires planning, organisation, and problem solving. All vital life skills for kids to be learning. Play kitchens also help to improve a child’s numeracy skills. Children may count how many plates they need, weigh ingredients or count how many minutes the food needs to be in the oven for, which enhances their mathematical learning while they pretend play. And lets not forget, pretend kitchen play is the best way to introduce healthy eating choices to young children. When they play, they can imagine how tasty the food they are cooking is, which tends to encourage them to try eating that food in real life.
What are the Best Kitchen Themed Toys?
There are many types of kitchen themed toys for pretend play. From simple kettles and tea sets to more adventurous play foods. Wooden kitchen toys are best and there are lots to chose from. Baking sets and blenders are a great choice. Or, if you and the kids enjoy going to a café together perhaps treat them to a babycchino maker, afternoon tea set, or toy café. If you are looking for a cooker, then Ebb & Flow Kids recommends this oven kitchen set from Jumini, with light and sounds features.