4/6/12

Guidecraft's All in One Play Kitchen - Review

Guidecraft has the absolute best play kitchen I've ever seen. Fortunately for me, my husband is always willing to step in when there is "some assembly required." My group of eight daycare kids screamed with delight when the delivery driver dropped off two huge boxes at my door. One side of the box had a picture of the All in One Play Kitchen and one of my kids said, "Miss Lisa, is Johnny going to put it together now?" She was very disappointed when I told her he was at work, so I promised her he would put it together when he got home. I sure love that man! The kids are pretty fond of him too. I sent him a text and he replied with, "No problem."
Right after dinner settled, he opened the boxes to just a "few" different pieces to assemble. I asked if he was intimidated and he said no. He said that since it was labeled Guidecraft, he knew all the pieces would be there and everything would fit together the way it was supposed to fit according to the instructions. A couple hours later, he presented to me the most beautiful play kitchen I've ever seen. He said there wasn't even a screw left over.
The cooling colors of blue and green mixed with the wood veneer finish is perfect for our playroom. There is so much detail in this kids' kitchen! The refrigerator has an inside shelf, with an upper "freezer" area, plus a write-on/wipe-off marker board on the front. There is a stove and oven combination with even a microwave. There is a small upper cabinet and shelf, plus a dishwasher under the sink. There are extra shelves on the side, made of the same beautiful marbled-look countertop material. The doors all open easily and close with magnets. The knobs turn on the stove and faucet. Even the little clock hands move. 
My two four year olds were first to arrive and headed straight for the kitchen. I'd already stocked it with play food and dishes. The little red phone on the side was an instant hit. One of them said, "Miss Lisa, this is the BEST KITCHEN EVER!" They opened and closed all the doors, turned all the knobs, and decided to make a pizza. They even warmed up a piece in the microwave and offered it to me. They loved the little hooks on the "splashback tile" and hung up the two little oven mitts.
Providing children with realistic educational toys and furniture is very important. Children have a natural curiosity about appliances and want to copy what they see their parents doing in their kitchens at home. Unfortunately, that can lead to dangerous situations, so by providing them a safe alternative, we can better protect them. Role playing is one of the ways children learn to relate to others. It expands their language and social skills and gives them spontaneous opportunities to work together in small groups. You can purchase the Guidecraft All in One Kitchen HERE.
Disclosure: I received this product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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