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LifeStyle Grand Walk-in Kitchen

LifeStyle Grand Walk-in Kitchen

Fall 2007 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: The Step2 Company
Price: $259.99

The attractive walk-in design, realistic looking appliances, and accessories, and high durability all contribute to the overall appeal of this set. The kitchen set encourages cooperative play and role playing (mommy and daddy roles) among children. Even pre-verbal toddlers can make it very clear that this is the place they want to play. The children especially liked the cause and effect aspects of this kitchen set; they enjoy pushing the various buttons on the appliances such as the microwave and stove and hearing the different noises that they make.

Considering the size and the number of pieces, the assembly was reasonable. Some testers remarked that pre-drilled holes would be helpful; others suggested more storage and two wooden stools for the counter. Home improvement suggestions aside, testers at daycare centers and families alike would recommend this to others.

What we liked best about this toy is the open-ended play that it promoted. Each child used it differently; children happily played with it over and over, constantly inventing new ways to play.

Review   ©2007 Parents' Choice

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