Kid-Sized Kitchen Playsets That Support Imaginative Play

By Nikki M

Whether you’ve got a budding chef at home or want to keep your little ones busy while you’re cooking dinner, a kitchen playset is a must for imaginative play. Besides, how many times have you splurged on the latest toys, only to have your toddler throw them aside to play with pots and pans?

Get your kids a mini kitchen, and not only will you encourage them to bring out their inner foodie – they might also leave your stove (and the big, boiling pot of soup sitting on top of it) alone, once and for all…

Just like with everything in your home, when choosing a kitchen playset, pick one that suits your style and decor. Playsets are big and will last years, so the last thing you want is to commit to a plastic magenta eyesore that will make you scream inside every time you look at it.

Here are some of our favorites:

Modern: KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen

If you’re looking for a stylish kitchen straight out of Houzz, this one’s for you. This KidKraft kitchen features dark wooden cabinets, a gray tile (okay fine, pressed wood) backsplash, speckled countertops, and shiny fixtures. Fun details include knobs that click and turn, a chalkboard on the freezer door perfect for grocery lists/mom’s passive-aggressive notes, a rotating microwave turntable, and a cordless phone for ordering pizza when you screw up dinner...

Vintage: Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen

If you love everything twee, this KidKraft Vintage Kitchen (in pink!) will be right at home in between your birdcage and sewing machine. We love the retro styling – from the pretty color, to the rounded edges on the fridge and stove top. We also enjoy the realistic features, such as the turning faucet, working cabinets, and open shelves. BRB, time to make a casserole!

(PS. This also comes in robin egg blue to make deciding between colors that much harder)

Minimalist: KidKraft Kids Kitchen Playset

Calling all minimalists who hate clutter, unnecessary design, and color... this kitchen is what your dreams are made of. All white, clean lines, and only one open shelf – because we all know that an open surface is a magnet for stuff to sit on, and as minimalists, that will be the death of us. Fun features include a pull-down faucet and an ice maker that lights up and make sounds.

Urban Luxe: Teamson Kids Urban Adventure Play Kitchen with Ice Maker Function

If your kitchen is decked out Sub-Zero/Wolf and you want playset that won’t clash with your bazillion dollar investment, you need the Teamson Kids Urban Adventure Play Kitchen. This luxurious playset is made with eco-friendly materials and lead-free paint, which you can be very proud of. Features we love include swinging cabinets, turning knobs, and a working ice maker. This kitchen comes in an array of colors, but we’re partial to the gray with brass handles. Fancy!


Instagram-Worthy: Hape Kids All-in-1 Wooden Play Kitchen with Accessories

Everything in your home is carefully-curated. If it’s not photogenic you won’t even consider it… This stunning Hape kitchen meets all the requirements of an IG mom: Lots of wood paired with muted colors? Check. A coffee maker for morning flatlays? Check. Little planters filled with homegrown herbs? Check. A chalkboard for inspirational words that include “messy bun”, “wine” or “coffee”? YES. The only issue is that the sink is a wee bit small, so you can’t bathe an infant in it – but the light up range hood and beeping microwave will surely make up for that!

Which of these kitchen playsets will your toddler love the most? Share your favorite with us!

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