Little Tikes Cook n Grow Kitchen Review

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We all know Little Tikes. They have been providing quality toys for children since the 1970s. I remember my older sister buy her daughter a Little Tikes Playhouse. I was around 12 years old then and I have ever since been in love with Little Tikes toys. So I feel so awesome that I received aΒ Little Tikes Cook n Grow KitchenΒ for review as part of my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.

– Has 2 age grade configurations
1) Kitchen is expanded and the height is just right for toddlers
2) Compacting the kitchen makes it just right for preschoolers
– Electronic cooking sounds
– Hooks for hanging cups
– Molded in slots to hold plates
– Oven, refrigerator and microwave doors all open and close
– Shape-sorting lid for pot helps develop fine motor skills
– 50+ accessories included
– Requires 2 “AA” batteries (not included)

I got really excited when the package arrived at our house. I think I was more excited than anybody because I really wanted to play with my son and act like I’m cooking for him. but I guess my husband was more excited because he set it up as soon as it arrived and didn’t even let me help him. Men! LOL! Here are some photos of my son and his friend Kris Paul.

I love that the colors are red, white and gray. It’s gender-neutral so you can purchase it whether you have a boy or a girl.Β Some people were initially surprised that I let my son play with a toy kitchen. They say that play kitchens are for girls only. I don’t think so. Most of the greatest chefs you see on TV are men so, no, I don’t think having an interest or some skills in cooking is something that’s exclusively for girls. As a matter of fact, my husband cooks more often than I do.

There are stickers that need to be placed on certain areas to make it look more realistic. So the oven part looks like there’s chicken inside and the microwave looks like there’s pizza inside. It has an area for the coffeemaker too. My son’s favorite part is the sink area especially because he loves our faucet. The first time he saw the faucet in the play kitchen, he was trying to turn the faucet on but he was so confused that no water was coming out.Β There were so many accessories included in the package that makes the play kitchen all the more realistic. Now we just need a dining area/table. πŸ™‚

The only thing I need to be careful with is that when the oven door is open, my son thinks it’s a platform and tries to step on it. So I just need to make sure he doesn’t step on it.

Overall, I soooo love this play kitchen! It’s decently priced compared to some play kitchens that cost a lot more. Your child is sure to enjoy it!

The Cook n Grow Kitchen is available for purchase for $109.99 at the Little Tikes website.

Get a chance to win this play kitchen as well as a Mini Lalaloopsy Playset and an iTikes Piano.Β ENTER HERE!


Little Tikes Cook n Grow Kitchen Review — 183 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review I just bought one for My almost 2 yr old and it sounds like She’s gonna love it & be able to play with it for awhile since it can be put together 2 different ways ,I cant wait till She opens it Christmas morning

  2. This is so adorable..Im so glad they make them in colors that boys will like too. After all, some of the best chefs are man. Besides everyone should learn how fun it is to cook.

    • My granddaughter wants one super bad,she put it on the Christmas list>>>>>>I hope I could get her one.Thank you.

  3. This looks awesome! My son is obsessed with play cooking & shopping around the house with his little grocery cart. He gives me fake water to drink all the time & stacks his “groceries” all nicely in our cabinets lol. He would so love this kitchen, he’d feel like a big boy cook πŸ˜‰

  4. This is so cute! I love the red and white! I know my little girl would love to have a kitchen like this… and I’m sure her friends would love to play with it too when they come over for play dates!

  5. I think that since your kids did so well with it that I am going to have to get one for my 3 year old son who absolutely loves helping mom in the kitchen. πŸ™‚ thanks for the great review !!!!!

  6. Great review. I want to get one of these for my son. He loves to pretend he is cooking.

  7. I love the bright colors they have used for this set. I had a Little Tykes kitchen when I was little, 20+ years ago!

  8. I love that it grows with my children because I am 7 months pregnant and I have a 3 year old and a 2 year old!

  9. LOVE this kitchen and Little Tikes! My grandbabies would have SO much fun with this at Gramma & Papa’s house. The dual levels are great for growing kiddos; glad they finally thought of it! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  10. I LOVE that it is gender neutral. I really think too few toys are gender neutral these days. It’s okay for boys and girls to play with the same toys!

  11. I love play kitchens. My daughter enjoys her’s so much. She has her most imaginative play with it. I like how this kitchen is a neutral color.

  12. I love how this kitchen is gender-neutral. It’s perfect for my grandson and I love how it will grow with him!

  13. Little Tykes are such awesome toys–we grew up with them and our kids are too–they last a long time–the little kichen is perfect for any childs play–thanks for the review–Merry Christmas

  14. I love Little Tykes toys! They are made to last for a very long time! Great review for the cute kitchen!

  15. My little nephew will love this! He is fascinated watching his daddy cook in the kitchen. It’s great that he’s learning early that today’s kitchen is gender neutral and I really like that the gender neutrality of the toy is evident. All of the extra accessories are a real plus!

  16. i would love to give my kids a play kitchen and play food! maybe for my daughter’s 3rd birthday!

  17. My granddaughter would love this. She already has dishes and utensils but she doesn’t have her own kitchen. She could be in the kitchen with me, and I wouldn’t worry about her getting hurt =D

  18. I love this kitchen its way too cute!!! My niece would love in fact I’m sure her brothers would love to play with it also!

  19. I absolutely LOVE toys that “grow” with the child! And I love the look and set up of this set so much (I think play kitchens and food are some of my favorite toys for my girls lol)

  20. I love Little Tikes and used their products for my children and now use for my grandchildren. This kitchen is cute and they would have so much fun playing with it.

  21. I would so love to win this for my Grandaughter she is always trying to help in the kitchen!

  22. I agree with you that its gender-neutrality is a strong point. Did you hear about the girl who is petitioning the makers of the Easy Bake oven to stop advertising it as a “girls only” product, because her little brother loves to bake? I applaud toymakers who recognize that creativity shouldn’t be restricted by gender stereotypes.

  23. Thank you for a great review, I love the Little Tikes products, they can stand up to a lot of play, my boy would love this, he plays with his cousins kitchen set at her house

  24. I love Little Tikes things since my kids were little and I buy them now for my grand kids too.
    I like the Cook N’ Grow kitchen . The kids love to pretend, boys and girls, both doing their cooking for grandma. They learn from this type of toy too. These toys last a long time.

  25. I honestly love the look of it! I was thinking the step two one but this look so much tougher. It looks more modern also. I let my son play with all toys…I don’t get the whole don’t let a certain gender play with that toy mess.

  26. little tikes are awesome i have never seen toys that can withstand years of use like theirs do. love that this is designed to grow with the child

  27. Great review and you’re right most chefs are guys. I love little tikes products they last forever and stay in good shape for hand me downs.

  28. I absolutely love this kitchen. Little Tikes makes the best of everything. I have 2 neices who love play cooking so they’d love this. πŸ™‚

  29. this is too cute! i love all the working things, and working sounds. the colors are pretty too, very neutral.. so its perfect for a boy or girl

  30. I love this Kitchen(love red) but it seems to have Storage for the dishes and such.

  31. This looks great, however I recently got a kitchen. I’m not crazy about after putting it together

  32. Thanks for the review. My daughter has asked for one of these but I wasn’t sure if it was right for her. Your review is the first I have seen that really breaks it down and makes it sound like it will be perfect.

  33. Looks like this would fit great in our living room. And I’m sure my daughter would love it.

  34. I looove it πŸ™‚ my niece loves to cook with me now we can play pretend with this kitchen it’s awesome

  35. My girls would love this. I like the colors. I also like the stickers that make it look more realistic. It is so great that it includes 50+ accessories. Thank you for the awesome review!

  36. Love that it has sounds like it is real. It looks better made than some of the others I have seen in the past! Thanks for the great review!!! πŸ™‚

  37. Thanks for the review! I am seriously considering buying this as a Christmas gift for my daughter!


  39. This is such an amazing product… thank you so much for the review! My daughters were going nuts when we were looking at the pictures!

  40. Little Tikes has always been my ‘go to’ for toys. I agree that any boy or girl would love the Cook n Grow kitchen. When my son was young, his kitchen was his favorite thing to play with.

  41. so cute i love their products and would love to add this to my 4 year old grandsons little tikes collection

  42. I love that it can be changed to a kitchen for toddlers when they get older πŸ™‚ I also read that it was pretty easy to put together and just had some “main” parts to put together. I’m all about easy lol Thanks for the review πŸ™‚

  43. Thanks for your review on this! I babysit and I have been looking for a kitchen to buy for the kids to play with!

  44. I love this little kitchen, My grandbaby is 2, and she and I love cooking together. SHe is a great helper.

  45. I love that is can be changed so when my son outgrows it I can re-gift it to one of my younger nieces or nephews.

  46. I like that this is gender nuetral as well, with a boy and a girl this one would be fun for both!

  47. I like the fact that it is color nuetral, even though I have girls. I really don’t like that I have to buy everything pink.

  48. I love this little kitchen set. My daughter had a little tikes kitchen when she was young. They last forever, very durable. Thanks for the review.

  49. Love this, so cute and small so won’t take up much room, but looks as if there is plenty of storage!

  50. I can’t imagine any child who wouldn’t want this. I can just them playing and using their imagination! Makes me want to be a kid again

  51. I would love to get this for my youngest granddaughter. She’s almost two and such a tiny toddler. The fact that this play kitchen can be height adjusted as they grow makes it so worth it.

  52. Thanks for this awesome review, i just love everything about this, so simple and so much fun for the little ones πŸ˜‰ Thanks again

  53. I would love toget my grandson, who is 4 a play kitchen. He sees his grandpa cook all the time and you are correct there are many famous men chefs, it is a gender neutral career! Thanks for the lovely review it really made me want to go out and buy this! Thanks!

  54. My daughter has a kitchen that was handed down to her but it definitely doesn’t have what this one has. The extra features and things that come with it, so this is awesome. Thank you for the review!

  55. I love the size & colors of this kitchen. I also really like to hear that the price is reasonable. Every little kid loves having a kitchen to pretend play with.

  56. Too cute! He will learn real from pretend soon enough, right lol Love the review! And so glad gender neutral! I have an in home daycare and two children so can be used for both!

  57. I really wish they had stuff like this when we were kids! This is so cool. It is great that the color is gender neutral. Kids always love “helping” in the kitchen so this would make it easier for the parents…lol

  58. I love the quality you get with Little Tikes, I have never been disappointed with a toy from their brand. In fact I have toys that were my children’s that are now played with by my grandchildren. Besides the durability of the toys, I love that they think of everything, using the pan as a shape sorter, way to throw learning in with play.

  59. Great review, my kids have slightly out grown their kitchen but I remember well, always telling them not to stand on the oven door when they opened it πŸ™‚

  60. This is so cute and great way for the little ones to have their “own” kitchen. Price is not bad at all!

  61. This is such a better kitchen than the one my daughter has now! Totally thinking about replacing it! πŸ˜‰

  62. You did a wonderful job on the review I am so glad that you mentioned that even little boys like to pretend they re cooking also I like the fact that the colors are gender neutral also.

  63. I really love this toys they are very high quality I work with children 2 years old to elementary I have had some of this toys for years and they are good built.

  64. wow sounds like you are a incredible mom, that’s right it don’t matter i agree most men are the best chefs!my granddaughter wanted a new kitchen set , he recieved one but its nothing like this one, this one seems to have it all… thanks

  65. I love that this kitchen has 2 age grade configurations. My 2 granddaughters love to play with play food and they would have so much more fun with this kitchen πŸ™‚

  66. Sturdy and quality-made to last for years on end and full of fun for imaginary play – my Grandson would love to pretend to cook alongside his Daddy.

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