Pros: Durable, Several Components Within One Unit
Recommended for ages 2 - 5 years, the Little Tikes Country Kitchen is a durable play kitchen that will enhance the dramatic play-zone. If you are familiar with the Little Tikes brand, than you already know that this manufacturer offers quality plastic toys, this model is no exception. This play kitchen is one of several Little Tikes versions that I have owned. I highly recommend it for children ages 2 - 8 years of age.
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This kitchen was manufactured in two color schemes, one offered counter surfaces in a teal shade, the other had blue counters. Our unit has teal counters. The majority of the unit is creamy-white, but the counter and table top surfaces are teal. The sink, Victorian window, dishwasher rack and upper cabinet are yellow. The sink faucet is pink and the phone cradle and phone are an aqualike shade. Additional color accents are offered via stickers.
A Lotta Kitchen!
This set is large (approximately 54"L (with table up) x 21.25"D x 43.25"H) yet offers multiple functions, making itself a charming platform for home-living play. The kitchen can be placed against a wall or it will free stand, serving as a divider of sorts in the play area.
The nice thing about this kitchen is that you have a a complete kitchen within one purchase: refrigerator, cupboard, microwave, range top, stove, sink, coffee maker, phone, and dishwasher. The unit offers storage space within the cupboard, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher.
Left to Right:
- Cabinet with Victorian Style Doors
The two yellow doors open to a nice storage area. The doors offer the appearance of window panes.
Just below the cabinet is a spacious refrigerator unit which has three shelves and a ice-maker on the door. The ice-maker has a small lever, which allows one pretend ice cube to plop down. There is enough room to set a glass under it.
- Victorian Window
Located to the right of the upper cabinet is a window. This window sits above the sink unit. The pattern on the window matches that found on the cabinet doors. This feature is especially nice if you position the kitchen unit as a playroom divider, as the child can look through the cut-out panes.
Along the side of the fridge there is a phone cradle with a portable phone in it.
Just below the window is the double-sink with a pink faucet that swivels. The sink is shallow.
Below the sink is a dishwasher. There is a smoked-translucent window on the door of this unit. Behind the door there is one dishwasher rack that can be taken out. Just above the door there is a small knob that has three wash cycles to select from. This knob clicks when turned.
To the right of the window there is a microwave that has a see-through door. This door, like all other doors on the unit, is easy to open. To the right of this door there is a decal that offers realistic accents: a clock, a microwave touch-pad, and a panel for operating the coffee maker.
- Coffee Pot
The space-saver coffee maker is located just below the microwave touch-pad. Little Tikes includes a solid yellow decanter that slides along grooves to set in place awaiting a pot pretend coffee.
Below the Microwave, to the right of the dishwasher and the sink, you'll find the range-top and oven. The range top has three decals that serve as burners. The oven has a door that opens to the right and it has a viewing window. The oven has two shelves. There is a control panel that has 4 knobs: three intended to "control" the burners and one intended for the oven. All four of these dials click as they are turned.
Above the range and the sink, Little Tikes offers a molded diamond pattern accent that depicts a splash-board. This is presented within the off-white molded plastic that the overall unit is constructed of.
On the far right of the structure you will find the folding table. The table top lifts up and a flap folds out to hold it up. This process is simple for kids and offers a surface that allows one chair comfortably, two chairs total.
Easy to Clean and Sturdy!
This entire kitchen unit is simple to clean. The Little Tikes Country Kitchen has been cleaned and sanitized numerous times. Currently it is being used within the dramatic play / home-living section in the preschool room at a child care center. Although the decals show slight wear, the colors of the unit are still vivid, the dials still click and turn with ease, and the doors continue to easily open and close. Overall I am exceptionally pleased with the durability and play factor of this structure.
Play, Play, and More Play!
Children adore playtime and are incredibly fond of dramatic/home-living play. The Little Tikes Country Kitchen offers so much within one structure. Currently this unit is placed so that it divides the kitchen and grocery portion of the home-living section from the baby and dress-up area. The kids adore pretending to cook a meal, wash the dishes, and other forms of kitchen play. It is fun to watch children "peek-a-boo" through the Victorian window.
I realize that several play kitchens currently marketed offer electronic sounds, however I appreciate the fact that units such as this (other than clicking from the dials) require the playmates to create sounds. It is fun to listen to the pretend sizzling, splashing, and various other noises that little kids make while playing at the Country Kitchen.
Although this unit is currently being used in a child care center, I used a similar model at our home and appreciated the fact that it is narrow (allowing it to be stored against or remain against a wall). Prior to bringing this kitchen to the child care center, it was being used at my cousins home, where her two children enjoyed it for three years.
All things considered, I wouldn't hesitate to purchase another Little Tikes Country Kitchen, if the need presented itself. The Little Tikes Country Kitchen is similar to the Little Tikes Victorian Kitchen, another durable play kitchen that I recommend. However there are a few welcomed attributes that make the Country Kitchen more deluxe: such as the folding table, dishwasher rack, and ice-maker. Unfortunately I think this unit was discontinued, but you can probably locate one at ebay or via other 2nd-hand options.
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