You might think that playsets designed to reinforce certain gender-specific stereotypes would have fallen out of fashion these days? But, in fact, quite the reverse; play kitchens and pretend cookware have never been so popular.
Maybe it’s the popularity of ‘foody’ programmes on TV such as Bake-Off and Masterchef that have spurred renewed interest? Or, maybe, it’s just an acceptance that kids like to role play in a domestic setting?
Anyway, no matter, there are loads of different play sets to choose from priced from around £48 and upwards and in lots of styles too.
John Lewis & Partners Mini Play Kitchen – a realistic wooden play oven with hotplates, storage cupboard and sink. W51 × D29 × H60 cm. £47.20 from johnlewis.com
Wooden Mini Kitchen – no need to worry about this play cooker taking over the house as it’s small enough to sit on a tabletop and can be stored away out of sight when they’re done playing Mary Berry. Comes with a wooden a pair of wooden pans too. W30 × D23 × H46 cm. £48 from johnlewis.com
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen – a versatile play set for toddlers with a drinks machine, oven and storage. W102 × D35 × H102 cm. £89.99 from very.co.uk
Country Play Wooden Kitchen – an all-in-one set with an oven, hob, kitchen sink and cupboard unit, plus a big round clock, wooden shelf and utensil holder W77 × D36 × H92 cm. £100 from johnlewis.com
Kidkraft Pepperpot Kitchen – a contemporary style play kitchen finished in silver grey. Includes an oven with 4 burners, fridge-freezer (with chalkboard doors), washing machine, microwave and sink. W106 × D44 × H102 cm. £189.99 from very.co.uk
Little Tikes Premium Wood Home and Kitchen – you get quite a lot for your money with this play kitchen. Includes an oven and hob, washer, dishwasher, ice dispenser, microwave, clock, pots and pans plus storage. W98 × D34 × H103 cm. £174.99 from very.co.uk
Kidkraft Grand Gourmet Kitchen – a corner-style play kitchen with all they need for fun and imaginative play. W91 × D92 × H91 cm. £249.99 from very.co.uk