When Alfie was about 2 he was bought a wooden kitchen, I thought he would love it and pictured him playing with it as Daddy was cooking,sadly it didn't really happen and he didn't show a great deal of interest in it. However, jump forward to Elarna who is now 4 and it's the most used toy of hers. She is one for role play and her kitchen is an integral part of her imaginative play. When she was kindly sent this lovely Casdon Morphy Richards kitchen play set (RRP £12.99) I knew it was going to be well used.
This realistic role play set comprises of a red silver collection which includes:
- A toaster
- A kettle
- A coffee machine
- Cups and plates
- Some food items
First impressions were good, it's all very plasticky but I knew that Elarna wound love it. The coffee maker you can add water to it for it to drip through into the coffee pot, the toaster actually 'toasts' and then pops up and the kettle has a working level gauge indicator so all of the items are very interactive.
Having the items in red was great for us as it matched the toy kitchen, I'm not aware that it's available in any other colours which is a bit of a shame. I love watching Elarna role play, I can't tell you how many times she filled the coffee machine up and watched it drip into the coffee pot.We had endless 'cuppas'!!
What did we like about it?
- The cost! For £12.99 this price is fantastic, for what is included and the playability it is excellent value
- The items are robust and can certainly withstands alot of play, they have been outside and dropped on the floor and still as good as new
- I love that these types of toys encourage imagination and independent play, it's wonderful watching little minds develop and how they work with little games of working in a restaurant, being a chef or working in a cafe......so cute
- It's a good little set for teaching life skills, things like safety and what we use each item for and if things are cooked, served hot/cold, watch out for burning etc
- Mostly we totally loved it, however the food pieces do seem a little flimsy and pointless, I think a few more little items like milk, tea and coffee etc might have been a nice added touch
- Having a few more colour choices would be good, not all children would like it in red I'm sure
Overall, a fantastic little kitchen set with endless possibilities of story telling and role play. The items are a perfect fit in our wooden kitchen and really do replicate the real things but on a smaller scale, I wouldn't hesitate to get more from the Casdon range to enhance Elarna's playing.
Available from leading retailers both in shops and online. Recommended retail price is an affordable £12.99 as mention above, which, in my opinion is a great price for the item.
Are your children into role play or imaginative play? What is their favourite items to play with?
* Please note we were kindly sent the items free of charge in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.