After much deliberation I opted for their Deluxe Wooden Kitchen. Designed for children aged 3 years and upwards, it seemed most suitable for my youngest two daughters however I had a feeling that their older sister's would join in and have a play too.
When the kitchen arrived, I quickly discovered that the kitchen was rather heavy, I almost dropped the box because I wasn't prepared for the weight. This is not a negative thing, I'd prefer it to be heavy as leads me to believe that it will be sturdy.
Upon opening the box, I'll admit I was left thinking I may need the husbands help in making it because I will be totally honest with you all, I'm not great when it comes to DIY, tools and I are not a match made in heaven but I wanted to attempt building the kitchen myself before asking for help.
Each piece came with numbers stuck on them, making it extremely simple to match the parts up with what I was being asked to put together in the instruction manual.
Both pictures and written instruction were easy to follow and I'm going to pat myself on the back now because I managed to piece it all together, by myself in less than an hour! The husband was a tad shocked, now I'm hoping he won't go asking me to venture into things like building flat pack furniture.
My girls could not wait to start playing with the kitchen, they were that inpatient that they hindered my building process, trying to take parts away to look at that I actually needed.
You can see below just why they were so eager. Beautifully finished, it looks worth more than it's £40 price tag. So much detail to be found. There are opening drawers and cupboards, dials which spin around and make a clicking noise as you do so. Moving parts are automatically appealing to little ones.
What is nice is that this kitchen doesn't require any batteries. Helping to get children using their imaginations, bringing more role play back. It was lovely seeing all of my children playing together so nicely.
At one point they began to play "restaurant", they had a chef, a waitress and customers waiting for food. The hob, microwave and sink allow for plenty of pretend play, frying eggs, washing up the plates, putting away cutlery. My mum actually went and purchased some wooden food so that they could really make full use of the kitchen.
And of course it isn't all play. With the added clock there is the potential for learning too. Getting the kids used to telling the time, thinking about how long they might be cooking their food for etc.
With toys like this the possibilities of game play really are endless, children can literally let the imaginations run wild and when your kids feel like they are too old to play with a kitchen like this anymore, being wooden it will still be in lovely condition to pass on to someone else to make use of.
My final question to you is #WhatWoodYouPlay? What are your favourite wooden toys?