Little Tikes toys have been around for as longs as I can remember. From the super-sturdy picnic tables, to the classic Cozy Coupe® Car, from grills, to the playhouses that my girls spent hours in. They are constructed to be durable in all kinds of weather and take a beating from kids for years and years. Little Tikes toys provide children with so many opportunities for play, cooperation and inventive learning, which are all essential building blocks for children as the progress through the appropriate ages and stages of life.
Growing up in a house where my mother was always cooking, it’s no surprise that my sister and I both spend lots of time in the kitchen. This joy has trickled down to our kids now too, thankfully, beyond banging wooden spoons on pots and pans! The Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow™ Kitchen is the ultimate tool to help toddlers understand basic kitchen concepts, in an imaginative way that makes “pretend meals” even more fun to make than the real thing – plus the clean-up is so much easier!
The Cook ‘n Grow™ Kitchen, made in the USA, comes easy to assemble, with only four screws and several tounge-in-grove bright plastic pieces. I needed one Phillip’s head screw driver and two AA batteries, and a little muscle to get the screws lined up correctly, but it only took about 45 mintues from start to finish to get the entire kitchen built. There are lots of realistic stickers, and an amazing assortment of over 50 different food items, plates, utensils, cups, pots and pans, plus, our favorite – a coffee pot! The front burner allows children to “hear” their cooking – boiling water bubbles away, and hamburgers sizzle in the skillet, depending on the item being cooked. If the noise is too much, the batteries can easily be removed without changing the function of the oven.
Watching my two year old nephew with the Cook ‘n Grow™ Kitchen was absolutely amazing, he didn’t want to leave it – not even for dinner. He made pizza for us (and we counted the four pieces – in English and Spanish), he brought us cookies (galletas en Espanol!), we asked for cups of water and asked for refills of agua. The Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow™ Kitchen provides an immeasurable number of learning tools, expanding conversations and opening the door to multi-lingual learning – it’s just awesome! Plus, as your child grows, the kitchen grows with them – with the two end pieces coming together and the sink/burners fitting perfectly on top to continue the cooking experiences.
To quote the immortal Mr. Rogers, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” With the holidays just a few months away, I can easily say that I would definitely recommend the Little Tikes Cook ‘n Grow™ Kitchen for your favorite little chef.
Available at www.littletikes.com for $109.99 and Get free shipping for a limited time!* (lower 48 states) Hurry! Offer ends October 15, 2012 11:59 p.m. PST or while supplies last. Sorry, offer not good on previous purchases!
That’s IT Mommy Erin
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. Erin received this product from Little Tikes free of charge to facilitate this review. Giveaway item will be provided by sponsor. Sponsor has the right to refuse filling prize for duplicate winners from other blogs. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.