Kiss the (Tiny) Cook

Fred the Penguin is serving pizza tonight.

Earlier this year, I became intrigued by the voice that seems to serenade us from so many of Fisher-Price’s toys and contacted the company requesting an interview. Unfortunately, the woman’s identity is a trade secret, but the company offered to send us one of their new toys gratis as a consolation prize. Knowing Lila as I do, and imagining what she might like going forward, I selected their Servin’ Surprises Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen and Table.

I’m glad I did. It has quickly become one of Lila’s favorite toys. Many mornings recently, Lila has demurred my offer of breakfast, preferring to play with her kitchen first.

This is a well-conceived toy that will literally grow with Lila. The table’s height is adjustable. Right now, we have it set low, so that Lila can easily reach everything while she stands and moves around it.

As an 18-month-old, Lila loves the noises of the boiling water and the sizzling frying pan, just as she is intrigued by the oven light. She hasn’t yet connected those sounds to the frying pan included in the set, but she will. She’s excited to examine the cups and assorted kitchen utensils – especially the pizza slicer, which she’d never seen before.

The plastic plates, cups, flatware, and cookware are colorful and sized appropriately for toddler hands. Lila enjoys pretending to drink from the open-top cups (as she still uses a sippy cup at meals) and using the forks (since she typically eats with her hands and spoons). All the pieces can be conveniently stored in the table’s center, making clean-up easy.

Perhaps most wonderfully, the toy comes with its own magical, musical orange tray. This is not just any music. My daughter carries the musical tray around the apartment dancing and bopping her head to the cheery songs that celebrate cleaning up and good table manners. What toddler’s parent wouldn’t be thrilled by that? As Lila matures, the kitchen surface can also double as an activity table, where she can color, play with dolls, or use other small toys.

I’d say the one downside of this product is the toy food included for Lila to cook and bake. There are two types of cookies, something that looks like a pastry, and pizza. While I’m certain Lila will eat sweets when she’s older, I don’t encourage her to eat them now. And as for the pizza, the toppings are two-sided. The first is vegetarian, which we eat periodically, and the second is pepperoni, which we would never eat in our real-life kosher kitchen.

All things considered, the food issue is a fairly minor flaw, especially since I expect Lila will not only request cookies – but help me bake real cookies – before she outgrows this toy kitchen. Parents who are in the market for a toy kitchen this holiday season should check out Fisher-Price’s Servin’ Surprises Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen and Table. It’s a versatile toy that will entertain your child, while also encouraging good habits you’ll appreciate as a parent.

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  1. […] Guest Post by Melissa Braunstein Earlier this year, I became intrigued by the voice that seems to serenade us from so many of Fisher-Price’s toys and contacted the company requesting an interview. Unfortunately, the woman’s identity is a trade secret, but the company offered to send us one of their new toys gratis as a consolation prize. Knowing Lila as I do, and imagining what she might like going forward, I selected their Servin’ Surprises Cook ‘n Serve Kitchen and Table. I’m glad I did. It has quickly become one of Lila’s favorite toys. Many mornings recently, Lila has demurred my offer of breakfast, preferring to play with her kitchen first. This is a well-conceived toy that will literally grow with Lila. The table’s height is adjustable. Right now, we have it set low, so that Lila can easily reach everything while she stands and moves around it. As an 18-month-old, Lila loves the noises of the boiling water and the sizzling frying pan, just as she is intrigued by the oven light. She hasn’t yet connected those sounds to the frying pan included in the set, but she will. She’s excited to examine the cups and assorted kitchen utensils – especially the pizza slicer, which she’d never seen before. The plastic plates, cups, flatware, and cookware are colorful and sized appropriately for toddler hands. Lila enjoys pretending to drink from the open-top cups (as she still uses a sippy cup at meals) and using the forks (since she typically eats with her hands and spoons). All the pieces can be conveniently stored in the table’s center, making clean-up easy. Continue reading […]



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