Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

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CG99
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Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby CG99 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:52 pm

My husband and I would like to buy my daughter a toy kitchen for Christmas. There are lots out there, are there any of these more suitable than others for children under three? Any suggestions welcome. Thanks! :D
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby AnnieH » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:40 pm

I'd recommend the ikea one. It's wooden and you can get lovely accessories for it too. I know so many happy toddlers who love it.

It's an absolute bargain at the moment at £60 for the bottom and top bit (usually £90) and it's even available for on-line delivery so you don't have to brave the shop!

Only downside is that you have to build it, but I left that to my husband!!
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby Apk » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:55 pm

Also have a look at the Great Little Trading Co.. www.gltc.co.uk They have lovely kitchens, different sizes etc. We also bought a kitchen for our little one for Christmas
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby MishkaMichaela » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:22 am

Hello I'm nanny and my lady Anja has great website with quality toys! And she also has woden kids play kitchens and lots of supplies to go with!
Maybe you can check her website and decide for yourself:
at http://www.spottygiraffe.com
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby Bubs » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:47 am

I second GLTC, ours has lasted years (5 and counting - 2 children) and still looks great and gets played with daily (we got the three separate blocks so that you can position it into corners / different places as needed).
The ikea ones looks super cool and are lots cheaper though. Accessories are great in there too.
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby mgb » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:28 am

Second the Ikea one - our daughter got it when she was around 18 months and loved it then and still does now. She's 2.5 and it still looks like new.
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby Sevest » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:30 am

I thought I'd throw a few more cents into the discussion.

2 of these bedside lockers become a play kitchen like this model spx https://toyboxadvisor.com/best-wooden-play-kitchens for my 2 year old daughter. Hobs and oven light up, taps have hot and cold running LEDS and water/gurgling sounds. She loves it!

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Started off by cutting them down to size a bit, which gave me the wood to fill in the fronts where the knobs are for the cooker, and infront of the sink.

Next I routed out the hole for the sink (Balti dish from Dealz, 1.49 :o). Similarly routed out the hole in the oven door for the clear perspex. The door from the sink side became a shelf in that unit under the sink.

Made the taps from some pine, the base is routed out underneath, to hold microswitches for the leds and to trigger the sound (sound is a unit purchased in ebay, records a sound and then plays it back. Made some custom circuits to trigger the lights for a couple of seconds). 

The spout is 2 layers of pine sandwiched together, with a groove routed through the middle before glueing together for the led wires. The tap handles are made from some ceramic drawer knobs I had lying around, with some plastic joint screw-connectors from some plumbing fittings (e.g. top left item in http://i62.tinypic.com/10cit5y_th.jpg). Loads of coats of spray paint to make it silver. Knobs for the cooker are also drawer pulls, spray painted black.

The hobs are routed out of the top of the locker too, and red perspex placed into the holes (after hours of sanding to make them fit!). The lighting for these comes from strips of leds (e.g. http://bradatech.com/xPedRobo/shop/images/LED-RD.jpg) which are mounted inside an old coffee tin to keep the shape. Diffused with a circle of white paper under the red perspex. Red light for the oven is also one of these stuck to the roof.

Not visible in the pics, theres a magnetic switch mounted between the two cabinets which turns on a white light in the oven also, again routed out.

The back and shelf is 12mm ply, the tiles are routed out to give a bit of depth rather than just painted on. Made the curtain, and the "window frame" (there's curtains to be still hung for that). Couple of hooks to hang the utensils. Oven handle and towel rail are kitchen handles from ikea.

All painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, as I was led to believe that it would adhere well to melamine without needing to strip/sand it. Found it to be very soft, didn't adhere well to the melamine at all, but did adhere well to the bare plywood. Was very easy to scratch paint off, so after i got the final coat on I put on 2 layers of Polybond to seal it all, try stop it flaking when little one hammers it Image

Think that's "all" I did. Lots of time messing with the electronics to get it as I wished, also trying to figure out the switching mechanisms etc. And as I said having to disassemble it every night was a pain in the proverbial, but had to be done.

Hope that gives enough information. I found plenty of plans and stuff on pinterest, also ana-white.com has some super free plans for all sorts of cool things, but I decided to use the cabinets as a base instead of fully scratch building. Next time though I think I'd do a scratch build, plywood is so much nicer to work with and finish than chipboard.
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Re: Best toy kitchen for an 18 month old?

Postby mum_1980 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:14 am

We bought ours from George at Asda and it has survived two rough and tumble kind of kids and is still going strong. Lots of options there that won't break the bank.

Also, I just spotted a post on NVN of someone selling their kitchen. viewtopic.php?f=116&t=98475