Kids love to imitate their parents and pretend play cooking is one of the things they enjoy the most. We will share with you our selection for top 10 pretend play kitchen toys for kids to enjoy pretend play cooking, baking and preparing for growing up to be great chefs.
Let’s start with a kitchen toy. Depending on the space you have available, we recommend to decide on one of these 3 awesome kitchen toys.
The most durable kitchen toy for your child
If you are looking for durable, well-built wooden kitchen toy, we found just the right one! This toy is perfect option for families with lots of space in playroom. Also, if you happen to have or plan to have more children, you will want to have a good kitchen toy that will last.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Chef’s Pretend Play Toy Kitchen includes oven, stove, microwave, sink, refrigerator with working “ice” dispenser, and freezer. Isn’t it convenient? It also has a lots of storage space for pots, pans and everything else a child will need for pretend play cooking.
The Best Kitchen Toy Set for Small Spaces
If you live in an apartment or a house with a limited space for toys, you might consider a smaller version of the kitchen toy for your child. The kitchen toy set we recommend is compact, table-top version you can place on a table or a shelf in your child’s playroom.
Cute Stone Pretend Kitchen Sink Toys with Play Cooking Stove will bring realistic experience to a child if you decide to go with full working functions. You will need to add 6 AA bateries (not included) to get the water running and pots steaming. When not in use, you can remove water and bateries and use it as any other kitchen toy. The set comes with different kinds of pretend play pot and pans, tablewares, play cutting food, fruits, vegetbales and cooking utensils.
The Best Outdoor Mud Maker Kitchen Set
Playing with mud is fun! If you have a yard where you can place mud maker kitchen set, it’s a must have! Either when playing with a mud or with their play food, this kitchen set will be one of the most used toys during spring, summer and fall season. Bonus? You can take all the mess outside.
Mud pies and puddle pops are on the menu at the Muddy Maker Mud Kitchen! Let your kid’s imagination run wild as they mix mud and twigs to make the perfect treat. Included: wet and dry activity areas, hob and “mud kitchen” stencils, oven door, removable splash tub, storage, hanging rail, chalkboard, serving station, and stainless steel pots, pans, and whisk.
The Best Pretend Play Barbecue Set
I have to say: if possible, I will always pick a durable wooden toy for my children. Not only looking at ecologic aspect but because we choose toys kids get to use their own imagination versus the loud toy that do the work for them.
Melissa & Doug Rotisserie & Grill Barbecue Set includes wooden food items, BBQ sauce, utensils, and a rotating skewer, all of which store neatly in the barbecue. This barbecue set inspires children ages 3 and up to pretend prepare, flip, grab, and cut the food with a safe and kid-friendly spatula, tongs, knife, and basting brush. The set encourages hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, creative expression, and imaginative play.
The Best Pretend Play Chef Set
How can cooking and baking start without a proper attire?! We fell in love with the dinosaur design on this pretend play chef set! Isn’t it the cutest and coolest set you’ve seen?
The chef set includes: chef hat, apron, oven mitts, plastic measuring cup, silicone spatula, egg beater, roll stick, silicone cup, pastry bag and molds. Both chef hat and appron are adjustable which means your child will get to use it for a long time. This set also comes in an unicorn design! (Change the option when following the link bellow.)
The Best Pretend Play Set for Pizza Masters
We have several of Melissa & Doug food sets and this is one the kids use the most. Now when I look back, we had it for over 10 years and it still looks as good as when we first bought it!
The Melissa & Doug Pizza Party Wooden Play Food includes six slice able wooden pizza slices and more than 63 toppings for pretend play fun. All of it comes in fun wooden storage box along with a pizza cutter, a spatula. The pizza makes “slicing” noises when cut. The self stick tabs hold the pieces together
The Best Pretend Play Cake Set
We decided on this pretend play birthday cake set because of the variety of sweets included, along with utensils to make playtime even more fun.
BeebeeRun Cutting Birthday Cake Toy Set has everything your kids need for birthday party are in this pretend cake play set, including: cake, fruit, candles, cookies, dessert, dounuts, ice cream, chocolate, plates, serving knife, fook, spoon, cup and tea spot.
The Best Pots & Pans Play Set
Once again, we go for durability over the price with choosing a stainless steel pots and pans for our kids. This set is perfect to use for both indoor and outdoor cooking.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set includes stainless steel wok, griddle, sauté pan, pot, stock pot, colander, insert colander (fits in stock pot), 2 multi-fit lids, spatula, slotted spoon, and storage rack along with wooden spoon, spatula, and slotted spatula for pretend play cooking.
The Best Fruit and Veggies Playset
It’s marvelous how this set comes with color sorting making it the perfect choice for toddlers and preschoolers!
Learning Resources Farmer’s Market Color Sorting Set includes 25 foods in 5 different colors, 5 baskets, activity guide, and stickers for labeling. Now, your child will be able to not only pretend play cooking with this set but also develop color recognition and sorting skills.
The Best Pretend Play Dish Set for Kids
The meal is cooked, now what? When they are done with cooking and baking, little chefs need to serve the food. And for this, they will need a dish set!
The plastic dishes included in Kidzlane Durable Kids Play Dishes set are designed to appear incredibly realistic, just like the ones used by adults. The set comes with the drainer which makes it convenient to store all the pieces when they are not in use. And we love the primary colors combo!
The Best Add-on to Any Pretend Play Kitchen
We got to say this: you have to have playdoh in your child’s kitchen. Our kids use playdoh almost daily and always find new ways to play with it. One of the favorite? Make playdough food, cakes and cookies!
You will also need cutting tools and cutters in different shapes for aspiring little cooks.
Pretend Play Cooking Ideas for Kids
To wrap this up, here are few ideas for pretend play cooking your child can try next:
- Cotton wool cookies
- Jelly cake sensory play
- Homemade scented playdough cookies
- 5 ways to play with play food