Your child is too young to be your sous-chef, but that won’t stop them from following you around the kitchen, ooh-ing and ah-ing at different appliances. Thankfully it’s not the heavy machinery they’re trying to get their hands on, though: They’re likely focused on the basics such as plastic food containers, wooden spoons and, of course, pots and pans. Musically inclined tots like to bang lids together like symbols, while older toddlers try to mimic mom and dad’s culinary skills. Either way, you might want to get them a set of play pots and pans of their own, so that little to no harm comes to your beloved kitchen staples.
Play pots and pans, like other faux kitchen accessories, are some of the most popular toys for kids. Like toddler-size brooms, toy vacuum cleaners and plastic dish sets, they give off the illusion that they aren’t so small, after all. In other words, they feel like they can do what their parents do, too. Play pots and pans are especially great because they’re versatile: Little ones will use them as musical instruments, and bigger kids will have a ball pretending to prepare a feast for their family.
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1. Melissa & Doug Let’s Play House Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set
Do these kitchen appliances look eerily familiar? Melissa and Doug have essentially taken a stainless steel set worthy of mom and dad’s kitchen and shrunk it down to kids-size. The eight-piece play pots and pans set includes realistic-looking staples: a colander, a pot with lid, two pans, two wooden utensils and a storage rack. Your little one will be cooking up a storm in no time, and with all of the handles and knobs featuring sturdy riveted joints that won’t weaken or wear like pieces that are welded or glued together, the fun doesn’t have to stop on account of faulty gadgets. What’s more, these toys are made from dishwasher-safe materials, just in case actual spills and stains occur in their play kitchens.
2. Krato Play Pots and Pans Kitchen Playset
For the tot who’s tried to get their hands on every pot and pan in your kitchen, Krato’s playset should curb their curiosity. This complete pot and pans set comes with everything your little one needs to whip up a masterful feast: one colander, one stockpot, one pan and two low pots, two covers, one spatula, one ladle, a draining spoon, one spaghetti server, an oven glove and a small bag for storage. Each stainless steel appliance looks and feels like the real thing, so don’t be surprised if your little one starts serving up courses almost as good as yours.
3. Giantville 10-Piece Kitchen Play Set
Giantville’s 10-piece play pots and pans set gets an A+ for organization. Parents will appreciate the handy storage rack for easy cleanup, and kids won’t be able to get enough of the stainless-steel appliances and wooden utensils that make their culinary dreams come true. The set does a great job imitating an adult-size collection, including everything from a skillet and pots to a pasta strainer and oven mitts. Your little one will love cooking up their favorite play food and serving you something extra delicious.