Step 2 Fun With Friends Kitchen Review
Encourages role playing and group play
Comes with about 40 life-like accessories
Teaches your child the joys of cooking and cleaning
Made from durable plastic that will last many years
Allows your child’s imagination to run wild
Makes life-like sound when your child cooks
Assembly can be difficult
Does not come with play food
How it works
Step2 has created a play kitchen that is very detail-oriented and as real-to-life as possible. The Step 2 Fun With Friends kitchen set comes with about 40 accessories to make your child’s play experience as realistic as possible. Although it does not take up a lot of room in your home or play area, it is the perfect size for toddlers and young children who want to role play as if they are cooking and baking in the kitchen.
The set has details down to food and water bowls for animals and a cell phone that comes with the set. Your child will be able to cook, bake, clean, and even make coffee in their very own kitchen. With so many fun decals and toys that go along with this set, the Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen is a great way for your child to let their imagination run wild.
At the top of the set is a line of hooks where your child can hang up their spatula and spoons along with an area where they can safely store their dishes and the pods for their coffee maker. Below the hooks is a shelf where the condiments can rest and the salt and pepper shaker. In the middle of the shelf area is the coffee maker where your child can put in the pods and then put their coffee cup or to-go cup underneath the pod for pretend coffee making. And the counter space area consists of the stove top, the prep area, and the sink.
On the bottom of the Step2 Fun With Friends Kitchen is where you will find an oven, a storage area, microwave, and refrigerator. All the areas have their own sticker decals that you place yourself, and those decals add the perfect touch to the play kitchen that makes it all the more real for your child.
None of the accessories or pieces that come with the Step 2 Fun With Friends Kitchen are small enough to be put in a child’s mouth, however, you can buy food accessories for the kitchen, and young children may try and put those smaller food items in their mouths, which would then pose a huge choking hazard. It is recommended to never leave your child unattended when they are playing with the kitchen as they may try and eat something that is not edible. Also, the set does come with a set of play forks and knives, and those items may pose a poking hazard.
When you open the box, the first thing that you will see is that the kitchen comes in three major parts. What you will need to assemble from the get go is the base, the countertop, and the back of the kitchen. Once those three parts are assembled, you can start to install the hooks, the doors, and the stove top along with the sink and doors to the oven and microwave next. There is also a coffee maker area that also will require your attention. The three major pieces are held together by screws, and some parents have found that there are no screw holes, so you have to find where the screw hole is suggested and use your screw there.
The next part of the assembly is taking all the decals and properly sticking them over almost every facet of the kitchen. The trim, the woodwork, the items within the oven and microwave are all on sticker decals that must be placed in the proper areas of the kitchen for the kitchen to make sense. Once all the stickers are on, then you can start putting out all the accessories. For the accessories, all the condiment bottles need their labels affixed, and then all the plates, silverware, kitchen gadgets, pots and pans all need to be hung up where they belong and the rest of the accessories organized to their rightful place. The salt and pepper shakers will need to be assembled as well. Some parents were able to get this done in about an hour while other parents took twice as long to assemble the entire set.
This toy kitchen allows children the opportunity to role-play. They can pretend they are running a restaurant with their friends and serve up orders for Mom and Dad or other friends who come to join the fun. They can pretend they are Mom or Dad themselves and they can be cooking for their own pretend children at Thanksgiving or some other family event.
The area with the pet food and water decals at the bottom of the playset is a great place for your child’s favorite stuffed animals to live while they eat and drink with the rest of the family, and after the animals are done eating, your child can take them for a post-dinner walk. The role-playing that is available from this set will not only allow your child to use their imagination, but it will also allow them to fantasize about life and Mom and Dad can be right there to guide them in learning life lessons
What is Not Included?
Learning Life Skills
The one good thing is that when the set is fully assembled, it stays together and can be a part of your child’s toy collection for many years to come as it gets passed on to other children or donated once your child outgrows it. The recommended age range is two-years-old to six-years-old so each child can get a good four years of play out of something that really won’t go out of style considering it is not electronic-based.
The imaginary cooking and cleaning will help your child build those same skills in their own lives. The kitchen promotes group play as kids learn to play together and serve each other, and kids can take turns being the chef and the person being served. Kids get to play together and learn how to play well together. With a price tag that is affordable, this toy kitchen is a great buy for the child who wants to expand their imagination and pretend to be an adult.