Pretend play is one of the best ways that kids learn. They love to do the things that their parents do and cooking and cleaning is no exception. With that in mind a Little Tikes kitchen is perfect for every small child. However, there are tons of different options for parents looking for the perfect Little Tikes kitchen these days. How is one to decide which option will be best for their family?

Little Tikes Kitchen - Is It In The Budget?
Before you start looking for the perfect Little Tikes kitchen for your family you really need to sit down and figure out what you can afford. You can find a small kitchen starting at $80, but a larger budget will allow you to get a larger kitchen and more play things. By starting with how much you can afford you will be able to evaluate the different options and figure out which one is best for your family. A good kitchen for one person may be horrible for another family.

Little Tikes Kitchen - How Many Will Be Playing?
Space is important. If you have a three year old son who will be playing on his own it isn’t likely that he will need a lot of space in order to be happy and play peacefully. However, if you have six young children who will be trying to find their place to play in the kitchen then bigger is better. By thinking about who will be using it and how often a lot of people will be playing you will be able to figure out whether you need the biggest Little Tikes kitchen you can afford and the biggest one you have space for. If you only have one or two who will be playing then your money might be better spent on accessories!

Little Tikes Kitchen - Where Will You Put It?
Space is the next important thing. Kids don’t mind playing in a tight space, but you will need room for the Little Tikes kitchen and you will need to make sure that it is accessible from all sides and angles that it is designed to be used from. Measure out the space that you have before you start looking for the perfect kitchen to fit in that space.

Little Tikes Kitchens - The Different Choices
There are many different choices and in many cases there are new products released regularly. However, having a basic idea of some of your options can help you find the toy that will meet your needs.

  • Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen - This is a compact and inexpensive option. You can easily find it for $80. It is 40” H x 14” W x 28” D making it a kitchen that can fit in most spaces. It is designed to work from the front only and can easily be placed in a corner. It has a stove, oven, refrigerator, sink, and cabinet. It comes complete with working doors, sounds on the burners, and dials for adjusting oven temperature. It also comes with a coffee pot, service for two, a phone, and a frying pan. Not the most accessories ever heard of, but not bad for a small kitchen with a fairly small price tag.
  • Little Tikes Gourmet Prep ‘n Serve Kitchen - At just over $80 this is another kitchen to consider when on a budget. It is 41” H x 10” W x 45” D. It includes an electric burner complete with sounds, lots of storage space, a large sink, and an oven. It also has lots of prep area and an peninsula for serving up food. It comes complete with a stool! This kitchen is definitely worth the money if you have the space.
  • Little Tikes Sizzle N Serve Kitchen - If the budget and space allow then a bigger kitchen might be what you want to get your toddler or pre-schooler. The Little Tikes Sizzle N Serve will cost you between $180 and 200. This kitchen is 51” H x 20” W x 48” D and offers two different kitchen “shapes” allowing you to set it up in a straight line or an L shape, a grill, dishwasher, oven, stove, microwave, cupboard, refrigerator complete with working ice maker that drops plastic ice, storage.
  • If your budget is large or you aren’t worried about how much you will spend and you are looking for something different from the standard plastic kitchen then getting one that is made from wood is the way to go. Little Tikes offers the perfect solution with the Little Tikes Deluxe Wooden Kitchen and Laundry Center. It has loads of clicking knobs to allow children the chance to imagine doing laundry in the washer, baking in the oven, washing dishes in the sink, or cooking food on the stove. It also is very colorful and medium in size at 40 ½” H x 44” W x 14 ½” D.

Little Tikes continues to come out with more and more kitchens. This allows you to shop around and find the one that will be best for your family. Often Amazon is a great place to do this because they show you the options, allow you to read reviews, and offer a very good price for most items that they sell.

Little Tikes Kitchen - The Accessories
Often a kitchen is only as good as the items you have to play with it and in many cases more is definitely better. When looking at a Little Tikes Kitchen you will want to consider what accessories it comes with and if it would be a better idea to buy a less expensive kitchen and get a few great packages of food, dishes, and other kitchen related items instead of spending more on a kitchen.

A Little Tikes kitchen allows young children a great chance to pretend play. They get to use their imagination, learn, and even begin developing skills they will need for the future. This is investment that is well worth it. Remember to start with setting a budget, consider the size that you need, and measure out the space that you have. Then pick out the one that fits in your budget, meets the size needs of the children who will play with it, and fits your space. Finally, don’t forget that if you only have one or two kids that will play with the kitchen then bigger isn’t better and more accessories may be the way to go!