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My youngest daughter was bought this toy for Christmas when she was just over a year old. The toy was bought from Boots when they had their 3 for 2 offer on so we didn't pay the full price for it. The kitchen is available from Amazon and Argos and costs £24.99.
The kitchen came packaged in a bright blue cardboard box, the packaging is always about the same for all Vtech toys. The box was sealed at each end and then the actual kitchen was secured inside although it wasn't a problem to break it free from it's ties.
The kitchen itself is brightly coloured with a bright yellow back which would be the wall of the kitchen, a white kitchen top where there is a hob and a sink and a green and orange underneath where there is a dishwasher and the pulled down part of the over. The wall has the name of the toy written on it with a picture of a cute teddy bear chef and there is a clock on the wall. With the kitchen there are three shapes which can be placed through the over door as a shaper sorter, there is a circular cake, a triangular cheese and a square piece of bread. You also get a pan which sits on the hob which is filled with pictures of letters and two utensils for the kitchen.
To turn the kitchen on there is a knob on the front of the cooker which has to be turned, there are also two volume controls on the knob always a good idea for when a toy becomes annoying. There is a slider on the front of the cooker which gives learning mode and play mode and is easy to select with a simple push in one direction or another.
When turned on the kicthen will say little phrases such as lets get cooking and if you don't touch it for a while it will start to sing a song about cooking. There is a button on the front of the kitchen showing a picture of some fruit, when pressed once it tells your child the name of the fruit and the colour of it and then when pressed again it explians that fruit is a sweet treat. When you place the relevant shopaes into the cooker shape sorter it tells the child what food item the shape is and what shape it is such as "the chocolate cake is round." If your child pushes down on the tap at the sink they are rewarded with sounds of water and the toy remind them that they should wash their hands before cooking.
In the play mode there are lot more tunes that the toy will play, when the shape sorter is used it simply states circle, square and triangle. The fruit button says "mmm yummy" and the tap makes the same water noise and sets off different tunes.
The clock on the wall shows 12 different pictures of fruit along with the numbers 1 to 12 but the clock only has one hand and it doesn't make any sounds, there is also a spinner in the middle of the kitchen which has the numbers 1 to 4 on it and pictures of 1, 2, 3 and 4 different biscuits next to the relevant numbers. The dishwasher has a pull down bit but it doesn't make any noises and interact with your child in any way.
My daughter is not impressed by this toy and I must say I have seen better. The toy teaches shapes, colours and numbers aswell as playing songs which can be recognised and some random tunes. The whole thing is quite small and I feel there is too much trying to be crammed into a small space and I don't think my daughter has learnt or will learn anything from this. For example the button with fruit on it has an apple, an orange and a banana and it will state "a red apple, a orange orange and a yellow banana" for a child who doesn't know colours and is just beginning to learn these things how are they supposed to know which is which. My daughter gets bored with this toy very quickly and the most she plays with it is to pull the cooker front up and down. I would rate this toy as 3 stars, it does teach things but I don't think it does this very well and it doesn't hold my daughters attention, I think there are much better toys available and am surprised at this toy being from Vtech.