Kitchen sets that include cooking utensils and "play" food allow children to practice lots of important developmental skills. They encourage creativity while allowing them to share with others and learn about social and dining etiquette. In addition, children learn how to use utensils and practice handling food and drinks. Who hasn't seen a little girl preparing a pretend meal for her dolls -- or using an Easy Bake oven to bake a tiny cake?
Kitchen sets also help teach children about math, vocabulary, and colors. For example, a parent could ask a child to choose 3 red fruits, and the child could select an apple, tomato and cherry.
These are good toys for both boys and girls, and the opportunities for expansion are limitless. For example, you could buy your child a play grill or microwave and some additional fruits and vegetables to build on to their set. Parents can teach children about healthy eating, food preparation and storage though play with a kitchen set. Best of all, kitchen sets offer a fun way for children to imitate their parents and bond with their families.