Judging by Eddie's vivacious classmates, role play with kitchen sets is very popular. They have several huge boxes in the classroom filled with kitchen utensils and food products, and I like the idea that both girls and boys enjoy these toys. Eddie likes to help me in the kitchen, but I don't let him use the coffee machine or a tea kettle for obvious reasons. Imagine his delight when he got his very own kitchen appliances to play with - a Casdon Little Cooks Morphy Richards Kitchen Set.
He couldn't wait to unwrap all the kitchen gadgets, and was enthusiastically showing me each one as it was taken out of the box. This bright and cheerful kitchen set includes replicas of Morphy Richards kitchen appliances like a coffee machine, a toaster and a kettle, plus two cups and saucers, two plates, cutlery and some food items - a sausage, an egg and bacon and two slices of toast.
All the replica appliances are bright in colour and made of plastic. The design is contemporary and minimalist. It is wonderfully true to life, right down to the last detail.
For example, the coffee machine could be filled with water, and it allows the water to pour into the coffee pot. "How cool is that", as appraised by my mini-tester. He loved opening all the lids, pouring a pretend tea and coffee for me.
The toaster has a realistic lever which allows you to put the toast in and push it down, just like in the real thing, and after a few seconds the toast pops up. I also love the fact that it doesn't require any batteries.
It's a lovely set for pretend imaginative play.
I particularly love the kettle, and just wish I had an original in my kitchen.
The only suggestion I could make to Cadson is to expand the range of foods that comes with this set. There is only 1 egg, 1 sausage and 1 slice of bacon, so when we both "wanted" let's say a sausage, we had to decide who had it first. Maybe a couple of each food item would be better. It would definitely help to avoid any food battle if there are two kids playing.
This set will make a lovely gift for any mini-chef. I also see it as a useful tool for pretend play for the nurseries and Reception age school.
Disclosure: we received the play set for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are Eddie's and mine.