Cooking up a storm in a play kitchen is a favorite activity for many kids and a great way to have low-pressure interaction with all sorts of food! Find the BEST play kitchen accessories for kids including blenders, mixers, play food, pretend pots and pans, toasters, and more.
Play Kitchen Accessories
From essential pots and pans to the cutest toaster you’ve ever seen to the best play food, all you need is a few extra add-ons to take your kids’ play kitchen from fun to super-duper awesome. Focus on picking things that mimic the real kitchen gear your kids see you use often, and all this pretend play can also open up opportunities for you to talk about the foods your family likes to eat and maybe even learn about some new ones.
Here’s a roundup of tons of different wooden and safe plastic options.
TIP: Don’t have a play kitchen? Don’t worry about it! These pieces are totally fun on their own, too, and can even give you an idea of how much your kids enjoy this type of play before investing in a full play kitchen setup.
All the food your kiddo needs in one handy set, this Melissa and Doug classic is a perfect choice. Some of the fruit has velcro so the kids can “slice” it, and the little cartons double as pretend play options and storage.
Best Play Toaster: Hape Pop-Up Wooden Toaster Kitchen Set
This toaster works just like the real deal: Your kids will love to use the lever to lower bread into it, and then pop it back up when it’s cooked to perfection. Add in sliceable butter and a squirt of pretend honey, and breakfast is ready.
More to love: The set is made of sustainable wood and colored with water-based paint. Win!
Best Play Blender: Melissa & Doug Smoothie Maker Blender Set
Get your kid in on the smoothie-making action! Sliceable fruit, kale, and even protein powder can be dumped in this perfectly kid-sized machine and then blended together into something delicious.
The set also includes a pretend menu with mini recipes that help kids work on matching skills and following directions.
Best Wooden Play Kitchen Accessories: Small Food Wooden Toys 15-Piece Dining & Cutlery Wooden Play Set
With pops of blue and green, this wooden cooking and serving set is as cute as it is fun. Kids can mix up their favorite foods on their stove with pots and cooking utensils and then set the table with dishes and utensils while they wait for everything to warm up.
(You also can’t beat this price for a durable, sustainable wood toy set.)
Best Play Coffee Pot: Tiny Land Wooden Coffee Maker
There’s nothing like a fresh cup of joe! This wooden coffee pot lets your little baristas pop in a coffee pod, adjust the settings, add mix-ins like milk and sugar, and so much more. Great for both role play, and working on fine-motor skills. (Now if only YOUR cup included some real caffeine …)
Best Play Baking Mixer: Learning Resources New Sprouts Mix It Set
For families that love to bake together–I’m looking at you, Mama!–this play mixer is a must-have. Kids can load up the large bowl with pretend dough, being sure to add in the included crackable egg, and then run the beater by turning the crank on the top of the toy. So sweet!
Best Melissa & Doug Play Kitchen Accessory Set: Melissa & Doug Kitchen Accessory Play Set
If you’re looking for one set that does it all, this is it. Little chefs will have everything they want and need with pots and pans, cooking utensils, dishes, and more adorable accessories. Just add play food and (pretend) dinner is done.
Best Play Pots and Pans: Learning Resources Pretend & Play Pro Chef Set
With a pretty blue on the outside and clear lids, these pots and pans look realistic while still being fun enough for play. The set also comes with cooking utensils and a few play food items, so kids can get right to work on their next recipe. Be sure to also check out the included activity booklet for great ideas for how to pump up the pretend play.
This post was first published October 2020. All info is accurate at time of updating.