We’re having our kitchen re-modelled at the moment. When ASDA contacted us to ask whether we’d like to try out the delux wooden kitchen from their range of wooden toys, it seemed only fair to let Gwen and Austin (3, and nearly 6) have a kitchen of their own.
The ‘home corner’ is top of our kids’ lists for places to play at school and pre-school. Austin and Gwen also demanded to watch the Great British Bake Off with me every week; making cakes and cups of tea for me are Gwen’s favourite imaginative play activities. I’ve been meaning to get them a kitchen for a long time, as I know it would get a lot of use.
I posted last year about ASDA’s range of George Home wooden toys. Austin and Gwen have been playing with the princess castle and play shop/cafe for a year now, and they’ve lasted well. Gwen tried her best to mark her territory in the shop by scribbling on it with a felt-tip pen, but with a bit of effort I managed to scrub the marks away.
The wooden kitchen also looks as though it will stay new-looking for a long time. It arrived in a heavy box, in over twenty pieces. Like the castle and cafe, each piece was numbered, and I found this easier to put together than the toys we were sent last year (or perhaps it’s just practice. We’ve been putting together a lot of furniture recently). It took me about an hour and a half, using a manual screwdriver.
The kitchen provoked much excitement when Austin and Gwen saw it (check out the short video at the end of this post). Play kitchens are familiar to most children, and our two set to work straight away, exploring and baking.
The George Home kitchen has a sink, microwave and utensils; a hob with four rings; a drawer that opens and closes, as well as an oven and cupboard space. The doors are held shut by sturdy-looking magnets. The kitchen doesn’t come equipped with pots and pans, but you can buy those separately from ASDA, for £10 (or use others, like we did).
On the kitchen wall is a clock with moveable hands, which will help teach our children how to tell the time.
The gingham blind for the kitchen window matches the awning of Gwen’s cafe/shop. This is a nice touch, as it means the two items of mini-furniture will look good sitting next to each other. The kitchen’s on the small side – it’s for children aged three and over, and Gwen the right size for it, but at almost 6, Austin was more comfortable kneeling to play. I’d say two year olds wouldn’t be outsized by the kitchen, although the ‘3+’ age advice might have been for safety precautions.
On the whole, I was impressed again by the good value of this toy. It would make a great Christmas present, at a fraction of the cost of other wooden kitchens.
The George Home delux wooden kitchen was £40 from ASDA. We were sent one for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.