As I watch my 2 year old son grow and develop his personality and imagination, I am always on the lookout for companies and play items that will foster his development and help take it to the next level. Step2 does all this and more.
This fall, Step2 released new styles of Play Kitchens that would make the perfect gift for any toddler/preschooler. Among these is the Modern Lines Kitchen and the adorable Fresh Market Kitchen. Of course, I can’t forget to mention the LifeStyle New Traditions Kitchen that we were sent for review.
One thing I love about this kitchen is that it’s small enough to not take up too much room, but it’s designed in such a way that leads to hours of play. It’s also very simple to assemble. If I can assemble this kitchen at 7 months pregnant with no help, I’m confident that others who are not in my “physical state” can assemble this with even more ease.
Let’s take a closer look at the kitchen and learn about what comes with it.
First, I’ll cover the accessories that come with the kitchen. Some of these vary from purchase to purchase, but this picture will give you an idea of what to expect when you open the box for your kitchen.
Next, I’ll show you Alex’s 2 favorite parts of the kitchen; the microwave and the stove.
When you push the buttons on the microwave, it beeps, makes popping popcorn sounds, and also sounds like a running microwave. Alex cooks all sorts of meals in his microwave and is quite proud of himself . I love that he even makes me hot chocolate in his microwave just like I do for myself in the morning.
On the stovetop, you can see the lights that light up when a pot or pan is placed on it. This also makes sounds like boiling water, or sizzling. This is another area where Alex likes to pretend he’s fixing up a meal. He often makes things like chicken or eggs for me to eat or even for his stuffed animals.
You can also see the coffee pot just to the side of the stove top. Alex LOVES to make coffee and pour it in the cups that came with his kitchen. He often will pretend to drink coffee and say “Alex needs MORE coffee.” It’s too funny to watch.
As a mom, I love the storage spots on the kitchen. All the food and accessories have a home right in the kitchen so he can get to anything he needs whenever he wants. This also makes for easy clean-up when Alex is finished with his play.
Finally, the durability of this kitchen is like every other product sold on Step2’s website. This is a toy that will be able to handle all of Alex’s kitchen adventures and still be ready and waiting (in like new condition) for our little girl to grow up to be able to play with it.
You can purchase the LifeStyle New Traditions Kitchen for $99.99.
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