Both Kaelyn and Kaden are at an age where they love to engage in pretend play. I love to sit back and watch their creativity and imaginations at work. They never cease to amaze me with the dramatic play ideas they come up with, and I want to help encourage that in any way I can. And, when it comes to companies that offer high quality toys for kids, Little Tikes comes to mind right away!

Since 1970 Little Tikes has been offering families an amazing selection of innovative children's products that encourage them to get up and be active while playing. Offering everything from baby toys and children's furniture to riding toys and workshops...they have created a line of products that parents can trust and turn to time and time again.

Over the years we've owned several Little Tikes products and have always been impressed with the quality, educational value and overall appeal. That's why I was happy to learn we were going to have the opportunity to review one of their great toys this holiday season, the Cook n' Grow Kitchen!
  • • Kitchen has 2 age grade configurations
         1) Kitchen is expanded and the height is just right for toddlers
         2) Compacting the kitchen makes it just right for preschoolers
      • Electronic cooking sounds
      • Hooks for hanging cups
      • Molded in slots to hold plates
      • Oven, refrigerator and microwave doors all open and close
      • Shape-sorting lid for pot helps develop fine motor skills
      • 50+ accessories included
      • Requires 2 "AA" batteries (not included
When the Little Tikes kitchen playset arrived, the kids were SO excited (including my almost 1 year old at the time!). Out of the box there was some assembly, but like most Little Tikes products...was very simple to put together thanks to the user-friendly instructions! I appreciated that it didn't take long, as I had three very anxious little ones waiting to play with it!

Once it was put together, I was impressed with the high quality right away. Once again, Little Tikes did not disappoint! I could tell this will be something that will last a long time. YAY! Not only that, but the overall modern look was also something caught my attention. It's very realistic looking, which makes it that much more fun for the kids. Our kitchen is even red, so Kaelyn thought that was a fun similarity to "real life" as well!
To get the most fun out of a kitchen playset like this, little ones need accessories so that they can connect with their world through creative play, imitating life as they see their parents do it. That's why I LOVE the fact that the Cook n' Grow Kitchen from Little Tikes comes with 50+ accessories including plates, cups, pots, etc!

Not only that, but of course there's also many features that make playtime fun, including an oven, refrigerator, and microwave...all with doors that open and close. Kaelyn and Kaden love to bake us up goodies in them! And, when it's time to cook at the stove, the electronic cooking sounds are a lot of fun too!

There's also hooks for hanging cups and molded slots to hold plates to help keep everything organized.
Aside from all of these features that are fantastic, the one thing that stood out to me most as making this kitchen playset so unique from others I've seen, is that it has 2 age grade configurations. 1)Kitchen is expanded and the height is just right for toddlers and 2)Compacting the kitchen makes it just right for preschoolers. 

Kaelyn and Kaden both like it compacted so that's it's more at their height, but when Caysen wants to play, the expanded height works out great for his age/height! I love this feature because most kitchens would still be too tall from him to really get the most out of playing with it, not this one though! He is able to play right along with his brother and sister, and has a GREAT time too! The fact that this kid's kitchen playset grows with children is just another reason why I think it would make a fantastic gift for young children. It's something that families can be certain will last them for many years, remaining a source of fun the whole time!

Although Caysen is a bit too young to engage in role play like his siblings, he does enjoy the included shape-sorting pot with lids. It helps a child his age develop fine motor skills, matching and more! I truly appreciate that Little Tikes thought of various ages when creating this fun kitchen playset, it's perfect for the age range our kids are (1-5 years old)!

I also appreciate that it's very easy to expand or make compact. By simply sliding in a piece between the two sides to hook them together, and securing a hook on the back, you can go from one stage to another very quickly. 
As you can probably see, we are thrilled with how versatile, fun and engaging the Little Tikes Cook n' Grow Kitchen is for our kids! I would definitely recommend it as a must-have Christmas gift this holiday season.
Buy It: Recommended for ages 18 months+, the Little Tikes Cook n' Grow Kitchen retails for $109.99 at

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**The product for this review/giveaway were provided for free, however all opinions are my own.

  1. Jessica B. November 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM  

    I would like a Cozy Coupe for my son.

  2. Leah November 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM  

    my son would love the Craftsman® Workshop!

  3. latanya t November 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM  

    Hide & Slide™ Climber

  4. B. Wilson November 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM  

    Original cozy coupe!

  5. debijackson November 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM  

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  6. Jen F November 30, 2012 at 7:25 PM  

    Another item I like is the Endless Adventures® Easy Store™ Jr. Play Table.

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  7. Kimberly Bauer November 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

    I would also love to have the Classic Castle Bundle.

  8. s November 30, 2012 at 7:33 PM  

    Classic Castle

  9. Kim November 30, 2012 at 7:37 PM  

    Love their turtle sandbox

  10. BethElderton November 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

    I love the Deluxe Wooden Kitchen and Laundry Center
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  11. Sandy VanHoey November 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM  

    I like their Climbing Towers Playground

  12. Bethany C. November 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM  

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  13. aperry November 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM  

    Pillow racer turtle

  14. Rachel November 30, 2012 at 8:06 PM  

    EasyAdjust™ Play Table

  15. sarmil75 November 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM  

    I would love to get one of their playhouses such as the log cabin.

  16. Janet W. November 30, 2012 at 8:24 PM  

    I like the
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  17. Wild N Mild $$$ November 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM  

    Craftsman® Workshop
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  18. Cassandra Eastman November 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM  

    My kids would also love the Secret Garden Playhouse™ - Bright!

  19. Cserafini November 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

    Craftsman workshop!

  20. Eileen November 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM  

    I'm looking for trucks for our grandson. This awesome carrier set would be perfect!


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  21. mummytotwoboys November 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM  

    I like the turtle pillow racer
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  22. Laura Jacobson November 30, 2012 at 11:44 PM  

    Oh Carter would also love the Craftsman® Workshop!

  23. evilredcaboose November 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM  

    Deluxe Wooden Kitchen & Laundry Center

  24. frencheire December 1, 2012 at 12:40 AM  

    The Secret Garden Playhouse is adorable!!

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    I would also like to have their Little Tikes Big Adventures Construction Peak Rail & Road.

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    My grandsons would love the Endless Adventures® Tikes Town™ Playhouse.

  28. Frugal Tumbleweed Acres December 1, 2012 at 8:21 AM  

    I'd love to gift my great grandson with the Cozy Truck with Bonus Construction Helmet & Tool Set.

  29. Audra Weathers December 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM  

    My daughter would also like the Deluxe Wooden Kitchen & Laundry Center.

  30. Andrea December 1, 2012 at 4:03 PM  

    I'd love to get my daughter the Little Tikes® 3-in-1 Trike!

  31. Natalie December 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM  

    Love the Tike Stix clubhouse!

  32. Connie Gruning December 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

    We would love to have the Ride & Rescue™ Cozy Coupe® 30th Anniversary Edition
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  33. Connie Gruning December 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

    We would love to have the Ride & Rescue™ Cozy Coupe® 30th Anniversary Edition
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  34. Jan Lee December 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM  

    I would like to have the Push & Ride™ Doll Walker :)

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    The Original Cozy Coupe is cute!

  36. Anonymous December 2, 2012 at 5:59 AM  

    Love to have the Princess Truck, lol - its so cute!

  37. Lina December 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM  

    I also like the Craftsman® Workshop!

  38. Sandra J. Strickler December 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
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  39. Sandra J. Strickler December 2, 2012 at 3:06 PM  

    Cozy Coupe Police Car

  40. Jennifer H December 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM  

    tikes patrol police car

  41. KJ Skib December 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM  

    I want the Cozy Pumper to go with our cozy coupe!

  42. lana December 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM  

    Classic Turtle Sandbox

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    I would love to have the fun house bouncer

  44. Laurel December 4, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

    I love the Big Waffle Blocks!

  45. Kerry December 5, 2012 at 7:52 PM  

    My son would love the Cozy Coupe Car

  46. Katrina December 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM  

    The Craftsman worksop would be awesome for my son!


  47. Kimberly December 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM  

    I like the Turtle Pillow Pet

  48. jakiesmom December 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM  

    i like the big adventures raceway

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    I would also like to have the cozy coupe

  50. Kerry Siegel December 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM  

    I would love the turtle sandbox for my kids, I had one when I was little

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    My daughter would love the Deluxe Wooden Kitchen & Laundry Center.

  52. TampaMom December 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM  

    My son would love the rocking horse - simply throwback toy :)

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    the Little Tikes® 7' Trampoline

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