Studies have shown that when a child engages in pretend play, he is doing so much more than passing the time. Pretend play is necessary for children learning how to experiment in the social and emotional roles of life. When kids pretend to be pirates, princesses, chefs, or doctors they’re learning how to “walk in someone else’s shoes.” It’s also great exercise for their imagination. But when kids play together, or with their parents (you!) they learn even more. Toys and role playing that encourage co-operation teach kids how to take turns, share responsibility and problem-solve. It also teaches them to understand how other feels, and to look further than their own point of view. My boys love to cook. We play restaurant, adn they take turns taking my order, cooking my food and even giving me the bill!
A cooking kitchen is practically a staple of every childhood and one of the BEST tools for encouraging pretend play and cooperation. Our family received the Playskool Sesame Street Come ‘N Play Cookie Monster Kitchen Cafe. This toy encourages development of Fine Motor Skills, Imagination, Cognitive Learning and Social & Emotional Development. Mason must have spent an afternoon cooking for Abby, Elmo and Cookie Monster.
The more interactive a toy is, the more fun pretend play can be. The kitchen has over 70 phrases/sound effects and plays the Cookie Monster Kitchen Cafe’ Song! It isn’t long before kids are using these phrases too! Which is great for their language and thinking skills. It comes with 6 pieces of play food a spatula and a frying pan. Food can be cooked on the light up stove burner that makes sizzling sound effects. When the foods all done the boys can ring the order bell and then slide open the serving window to feed hungry customers like Elmo and Abby Cadabby or mommy, daddy and brother! The kitchen also features a fun menu and a door that opens and closes. The oven can also double as storage for the accessories which is super convenient.
At 30 inches tall, the kitchen fits kids 18 months to 4 years. It’s well worth the investment but right now it’s even better, the Playskool Sesame Street Come ‘N Play Cookie Monster Kitchen Cafe is regularly $59.88 online at Walmart!
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