Modern Kitchen Playsets for Kids

Children’s Kitchen

If you were like me, lucky enough to have your parents get you your very own kitchen playset when you were a child, then you know where I’m coming from with this post. These are essential to any child’s ‘house’ setup. I can still remember the thrill of pretending to bake cupcakes and boil water for tea on the stovetop; just like the grownups!

I was lucky enough to have my dad build my play kitchen from scratch, he was always building us toys whenever he could find the time.

If you landed on this post then you are most likely a cute and caring parent who just wants the best toys for their kids to learn from, but what about yourself!? Isn’t it time you remodelled your own kitchen!! : )

Have a closer look at some of the wonderful kitchen play sets, designed just for the kids!

Children's Kitchen

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Our Favorite Vintage 80’s Children’s Toys

Man Hand Held Arcade Style

Vintage children’s toys are a powerful, eclectic and inexpensive way to evoke the innocence of childhood and the joys of days gone by. Old cabbage patch dolls, for example, set nostalgic bones to tingling. Alphabet and number blocks connote the days before kindergarten, when these strange symbols held such mystery and promise.

With the rise in popularity of online vendors of secondhand everything, vintage children’s toys are slowly coming back into vogue, though not necessarily with children. While old velveteen rabbits and other stuffed animals still make great gifts for children, adults who once played with such toys as children are now seeking these old friends out.

Lite Brite

The list of 80’s vintage children’s toys is potentially endless, but a few perennial favorites include:

Lite-Brite
Waterful Ring-Toss
Glow Worm
Simon Says
Slinky
Barbie

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The Coolest Classic Kids Toys

Lego Castle

When looking for the perfect toy for a child there are many different things to consider. These include how durable the product is, if it’s safe, and one of the most important things, will the child enjoy it. Here are some cool kids toys that are sure to put a smile on any kid’s face.

Lego Winter Village

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What Are the Hottest Toys for Summer?

razor flash rider

The majority of children in the US don’t get enough daily physical activity. In fact, many watch TV or play video games for 5 hours or more every day! Want to get the kids to get off their butts and away from the TV this summer? Lure them away with these hot summer toys.

1) Razor Flash Rider

This toddler tricycle is a hot rod that will have kids taking over sidewalks everywhere. The trike is decked out in silver, hot pink, and black colors, and features an over-sized front wheel and mini rear wheels. The main attraction of the Flash Rider is its ability to light up the roads. The trike has a spark bar that can be lowered to put a piece of flint in contact with the ground. When a child pedals fast enough, the flint will light up the way wherever the Flash Rider goes. This trike is not only too cool for school, it will help the kids get outside and get in some physical activity.

2) Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm

Boys will always love their toy guns, and nothing will put a bigger smile on their faces than having the Lightning Storm in their little hands. This water blaster features a navy blue, white, and orange color scheme, and holds up to 35 oz of icy cold water. The Lightning Storm lives up to its name with lightning bolt symbols placed in various spots on the gun. It even has a built-in water shield for defense against enemy sprays. The Nerf Super Soaker Lightning Storm will give any kid a good reason to get off the couch to cool down with some friends.

3) Icee Deluxe Slushy Machine

Nothing beats eating or drinking something nice and cool after playing outside all day. With the Icee Deluxe Slushy Machine, every boy and girl can make their own slushies with the simple turn of a crank. Simply add ice cubes and one of the two supplied flavors, then crank away to a delicious and refreshing beverage that the whole family will love.

Easy Bake Ultimate Oven Toy Review

Easy Bake Ultimate Oven Toy Review

A lot of parents (including me!) are extremely nostalgic about the Easy Bake Oven. It’s extremely easy to see why, it was one of the best toys you could have owned back when you was a kid. Countless hours were spent learning some real world application about baking on a safe, fun and easy toy. The cakes and cookies that you cooked were delicious as well. Does the current version, the easy bake ultimate oven, live up to these expectations?

There is one issue that is readily apparent the moment you open the box. The mixes they give you are quite microscopic. The amount of food they make is so small it’s not even a single bite. We come to expect an easy bake oven not to be economical about food portions, but it’s quite ridiculous how little you get for your money. That’s not why children play with it though; it’s for the fun involved in cooking so this can be overlooked.

The toy has been relatively unchanged in many years. The biggest change has been style and getting rid of the light bulb. The light bulb in the easy bake oven has been the source of many problems for years, the new system removes it altogether. This means no more replacing the defective light bulb and no more scary stories about what the light bulb can do.

Features:

*No More Light bulb
*Recipe Booklet Included
*Larger Cooking Chamber

Overall it’s a terrific purchase. The Easy Bake Ultimate Oven is just as fun as you remember when you was a child. The portions seem to have gotten smaller since back when you was a child, but not a huge deal. The removal of the light bulb is a delightful addition as well as the wonderfully fun recipe book. There is even a larger cooking chamber so you can cook bigger or more items at a time. Your children as sure to have a good time with this toy, maybe even just as much as you used to when you was a child.

CPSC’s Safe Toys For Kids Guide

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Which toys are safe for kids of different ages? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and AARP are warning all gift givers about the five toy hazards that can take all the fun out of any celebration. CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord spoke at a press conference on toy safety in Washington.

“AARP, which represents millions of older Americans with grandkids is an organization with a vital interest in toy safety,” said Nord. “We’re joining forces to make sure all toy shoppers are aware of this year’s top toy safety tips to help reduce injuries and deaths.”

Here are CPSC’s Top Safe Shopping Tips for this year:

* Magnets – For children under age six, avoid building sets with small magnets. If swallowed, serious injuries and/or death can occur.
* Small Parts – For children younger than age three, avoid toys with small parts, which can cause choking.
* Ride-on Toys – Riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates go fast and falls could be deadly. Helmets and safety gear should be sized to fit.
* Projectile Toys – Projectile toys such as air rockets, darts and sling shots are for older children. Improper use of these toys can result in serious eye injuries.
* Chargers and Adapters – Charging batteries should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to children.

CPSC also recommends using the following tips to help choose appropriate toys for children:

* Be a label reader. Look for toy labels that give age and safety recommendations and use that information as a guide.
* Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Look for sturdy construction, such as tightly-secured eyes, noses and other potential small parts.
* For all children under 8, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points.

Once the gifts are open:

* Immediately discard plastic wrappings on toys before they become dangerous play things.
* Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings or neighbors.
* Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any device to prevent overcharging.

CPSC has reports of 20 toy-related deaths involving children under age 15 that occurred in 2005. Nine of these deaths occurred when a child choked or aspirated on a small ball or other toy parts. Also, in 2005 an estimated 152,400 children under 15 years old were treated for toy-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. The majority of these injuries were not the result of a recalled or dangerous product. Instead, injuries from riding toys such as falls, made up a significant number of the injuries.

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

hogwarts lego

All kids love Harry Potter, and all kids love Lego, so why not surprise them this year with their very own Hogwarts castle in Lego form! The Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle set includes 1,290 Lego pieces and includes; Harry Potter and Hermione Grange plus 9 other characters exclusive to the set. They are Lord Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Professors Snape, McGonagall, and Flitwick, Argus Filch and his cat, Mrs. Norris, and 2 Dementors.

Dumbledore’s office features the Sorting Hat, Gryffindorss Sword, a Basilisk fang and secret sliding stairs. The Gryffindor common room features a fireplace with Sirius Black’s face and Tom Riddle’s book hidden in the Knight’s armor.

NERF N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster

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This thing is insane. I want to build a time-machine, just so I can go back to my childhood with one of these, and take over the neighborhood.

The front grip of the NERF N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster converts to a bipod and you just release the clip and squeeze the trigger, and the gun unloads the clips at a rate of about 3 per second. According to Nerf, this is the first fully automatic clip system blaster to date. Clips on average travel as far as 50 feet. You get 3 clips that hold 18 bullets each plus you get a 6 round. In total, the package comes with 60 darts.
The NERF gun is pretty heavy (takes 6 D batteries) so its probably best for a kid over 8 years old.

Sterling Silver Baby Rattle

sterling silver baby rattle

Sterling silver for babies is actually a very eco-friendly choice. With no toxic BPA or pesky phthalates lurking in these toys, you can be assured that baby is safe. Long been the gift of choice for new arrivals, Sterling silver also remains a traditional baby gift, and the heirloom quality of a Lunt sterling silver baby rattle is unsurpassed. The interconnected double rings keep babies curiosity up.

Indoor Foosball Table

indoor foosball table

Bring this action-packed game into your home with this Indoor Foosball Table! Friends, family and don’t forget the kids will be thanking you once you introduce them to this great game table and they will be playing for hours. So, get your kids out of the TV room and into the game room for a thrilling game of indoor foosball.