I simply love pretend play and could not wait until Ava was old enough for a play kitchen. I had planned on waiting until next Christmas just before she turned three. I still think that would be a great age to introduce such a toy. When I stopped to think however, next Christmas would not work. We will be traveling to Michigan and that is just not a shippable item so I bumped the gift to her Second birthday! Although she is not quite to the imaginary play stage completely she will love washing in the sink, open and closing the oven and fridge filling and emptying the pots and pans.
With limited space and funds I set out to research options. The two I originally settled on was the Ikea all in one play kitchen or a similar version from target. Both were compact and reasonable priced at about $140. I like the lack of color in the Ikea version but then stumbled upon two before and after shots of the target version and decided that was also an option! Just a few simple changes and WOW!
The Target versions with just a little twist:
Of course nothing is that simple $140 is still a chunk of change. With a Pottery Barn Kids gift certificate sitting in my wallet and a sale on their classic kitchen set we saved A LOT out of pocket, enough to also get some accessories! So here it is Ava’s birthday gift she is getting the oven/stove and fridge. I am still thinking that the pink section on the fridge can become a chalkboard surface changing both the versatility and appearance from being too girly?!!! Or maybe girly is just OK!!??