Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Encourage Creative Cooking With Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen

There are a lot of things our kids see us doing every day( hopefully most of them good) and certainly one of the things my children are always watching me do is cook for our family. Not only do they love to watch but they also love to help. It is so exciting to know that my kids want to learn how to cook like Mom and that they are beginning to understand the power food has to bring a family together. It's been a couple years since we've had a play kitchen in our house and I was thrilled to introduce my 3-year old son, Levi, to the Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen, which I was sent at no cost to facilitate this review. Now he doesn't have to wait for Mom to be in the kitchen to cook, he can play and create all on his own - with a kitchen and lots of cooking tools and accessories that are just his size! 

Our box arrived and Levi absolutely couldn't wait to open it! Like most parents, there was the moment of dread for me opening the box and surveying just how long it's going to take to put this new toy together. A few years ago I bought my niece a kitchen set for Christmas because I got a great deal on it. When it arrived in the mail I opened it up and realized just exactly why I got such a great deal - literally, there had to have been at least 75 pieces. I taped the box shut and laughed just thinking about how thrilled my brother was going to be to put it together Christmas morning (he was due some payback anyway for buying my kids a bucket of 500 little green army men and a can of fake slime). I am happy to report the Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen has no where near 75 pieces, though it does how a fair amount of accessories, which I think is a plus! There really are just 5 main kitchen pieces to put together, so Levi and I set to work putting together and he was able to get cooking in no time!

Putting It Together

 My Mom raised myself and my brother and sisters as a single mother. I have a great deal of respect for single Mom's and I always like to do my best to assemble review products on my own (without calling upon the help of my hubby) to let all the single mom's out there have an idea of how hard a product might be to set up on their own. I"m happy to report that I was able to put the Ultimate Cook Kitchen together in about 20 minutes using just a standard screwdriver, no power tools, although you can certainly use them to make the process a little easier and faster.

The Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen came with an easy step-by-step instruction booklet which aided in the quick assembly. I started by putting on all of the decals and placing the AA batteries into the "working" burner. Next, Levi helped me pop all of the oven knobs on over the oven door and then it was simply a matter of fitting the larger pieces of the set together and screwing them in to make them secure.

The holes were already pre-drilled which made the process a little easier and the plastic was nice and sturdy which made each section easy to handle and reminded me of just why Little Tikes products are so great - they are made to last through years of play!

Playing With The Ultimate Cook Kitchen

The Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen is full of role-play features that toddlers can be just like mom or dad! With all the features the Little Tikes Utimate Cook Kitchen has to offer kids will love pretending, sharing and manipulating the working doors and accessories. 

Features:• Pass-through play window
• "Cappuccino" maker
• Stove makes fun electronic cooking sounds
• Plenty of storage
• Kids will love the "real working" oven, fridge and microwave doors
• Clicking oven knobs
• 30 fun accessories are included
• Requires 2 "AA" alkaline batteries (not included)
• Assembly Required! - Little Tikes Website Product Description

Bringing the Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen into your home is a great way to introduce the fun and love of cooking to your children. I love placing our play kitchen in my real kitchen so that the kids can enjoy cooking their own meals while I work on dinner. Giving kids their own little kitchen is also a great way to start teaching them the importance of eating healthy. Now that my kids are back in school they are ready to snack as soon as they get home. Rather than sugary sweets Our Southern Style has been trying to munch on healthier snacks and we recently started making our own fruit filled yogurt cups - which is a get snack that even kids can help prepare! Click on the link below to get the recipe!

DIY Yogurt Cups

Let's Get Cookin'!

Levi has been enjoying his new kitchen day after day! He loves the the real life sounds and lights the burner makes when he's cooking. The Ultimate Cook Kitchen comes with so many accessories including a hamburger, hot dog, salt and pepper shakers, cups, mugs, pot, frying pan, and a load of other accessories! 

Levi loves all of the ways he can cook and bake and I especially love that Little Tikes thought of the best way to keep all of the accessories organized. Aside from the knobs that make it especially easy to hang the frying pans, spatulas, and other tools, the Ultimate Cook Kitchen comes with two blue baskets that offer plenty of room for storage! With updated sink, cappuccino maker, play smartphone, and stove with lights and sounds, kids really feel like they have their own kitchen just like Mom and Dad!

If you are looking for a great way to allow your kids to capture the love of cooking and spend some time in creative play, look no further than the Ultimate Cook Kitchen from Little Tikes! Aside from so many great features, this play set is the perfect size to fit in a playroom, bedroom, or even your own kitchen so your kids can cook right along with you! This kitchen is big enough to give children plenty of room to create, but not too big to overwhelm your space. Levi has been busy cooking up lots of tasty meals for our whole family and I don't think this little chef will be hanging up his apron any time soon!

Want to purchase your own Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen? Click HERE to order yours for $129.99

Little Tikes is one of America's leading toy companies and it's easy to see why! Little Tikes offers so many amazing products for kids and families. Click HERE to visit their website!

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 One lucky reader will win their own Little Tikes Ultimate Cook Kitchen. The Giveaway will end September 1 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US.  Must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. 

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