Kitchen sets for older kids can be a challenge to find. Many kids kitchens are small or too toy like for an older child to enjoy.
The kitchens in this article are still fine for a younger child (2+) so they work well if you have more than one child and are looking for something that all the children can play with together. And just to clarify, by older children I am talking about those over the age of 4 or 5.
I have selected these kitchens based on a few criteria including size, style and price (there are a few larger kitchens than these available, but they will be well over $400).
A kitchen set for kids should not cost you an arm and a leg. Therefore, I am not featuring any kitchen that is over $300. For the pricier kitchens check out Pottery Barn Kids. They have some great styles and you can create your own kitchen set by purchasing individual pieces (i.e. stove/oven, sink, fridge/freezer).
Please make sure to read the following articles for language development and learning tips with regards to these kitchens as I will not go into these details in this article.
There are a few things I would like to point out with regards to these kitchens.
Some Tips For Plastic Kitchens:
- Have an electric screwdriver/drill handy. Sometimes the pre-drilled holes do not match up correctly and you may have to make your own.
- There will be many stickers that need to be attached. This can be tedious and time consuming, so keep that in mind when you are setting aside assembly time (typically 90 minutes or more).
- Most plastic kitchens make sounds (e.g. turn knob on stove to hear water boiling, microwave buttons beep, etc.), so you may need some batteries on hand.
Some Tips For Wooden Kitchens:
- Again, have an electric screwdriver or drill handy as sometimes the holes don’t match up.
- Typically there aren’t any stickers to apply as decals are painted onto the wood.
- The wood kitchens I have selected are not necessarily eco-friendly (that is not the point of this article). They have been selected based on their size and appearance and as such would appeal to an older child. The wooden kitchens in this article are made of MDF and plastic.
Most kitchens come with some accessories (food, utensils, pots/pans, etc.). However, some come with more than others. If you are looking for additional accessories I highly recommend the ones from Learning Resources or Melissa and Doug.
Limited Edition KidKraft Wooden Lime Green Corner Kitchen
This kitchen is also available in lavender, pink, red and espresso and is recommended for children up to 8 years old. It comes with a pot, a pan and two spatulas.
The dimensions are 36 x 36 x 35.5 inches. This is not one of the largest kitchens, however the style of it makes it appealing for the 5+ crowd. My son told me he wishes we could replace our current kitchen with this one!
All of the doors open and close and the knobs make clicking sounds when turned. This kitchen has a washer as well! However, the inside of the washer does not spin. But that’s not really a big deal as your child can just pretend that it does.
Since this set isn’t as tall as some, you could always raise it up with some wood blocks.
KidKraft Ultimate Chef’s Kitchen
The Ultimate Chef’s Kitchen’s dimensions are 42.9 x 14.5 x 41.5 inches and is recommended for children up to 15 years old. Now that might be a bit of a stretch. It is one of the bigger kitchens out there at almost 42 inches tall (counter height is approximately 23 inches). Again, wooden blocks could be added underneath to make it even taller.
I like the simple look of this kitchen which will allow it to grow with your children. It also has plenty of storage space for play food, cutlery and dishes!
This set does not appear to come with any accessories so these would need to be purchased separately.
Step2 Grand Walk-In Kitchen and Grill
Now this is a gourmet kitchen! It’s dimensions are 36.4 x 50.8 x 47 inches. The center of the arch is about 43 inches tall. Since it is open at the top, taller children can still play with it. They will just have to bend down to get in.
The manufacturer recommends this kitchen for children up to the age of 8. It also comes with a 103 piece accessory set, so you probably won’t need to purchase anything separately right away (or ever).
This kitchen makes some sounds, for example, the microwave buttons beep and the knobs on the stove can be turned to make a sizzling or boiling water sound. A cordless phone is also included and the buttons make sounds as well.
Step2 LifeStyle Deluxe Kitchen
This kitchen makes cooking sounds and the play sink has a pullout sprayer. Included is a cordless play telephone and a 38 piece accessory set (plastic food, 2 baskets, pots/pans with lids, cutlery, etc.).
There are 6 electronic features (aka, noise makers). These are the phone, a light above the sink (don’t worry, this one doesn’t make noise), a keypad for the oven, a keypad for microwave, a key pad for the refrigerator and the stove top makes frying and boiling noises when the pot and pan are placed on it.
However, in order for the stove top noises to work, the pot and pan that came with this kitchen must be used.
The dimensions are 19 x 35.5 x 52 inches with the tallest part (piece above the sink) being 43.5 inches. There is also a decent amount of storage space.
This kitchen is quite a bit bigger than the one we have and my children still play with theirs quite regularly. My kids are almost 7 and 9.
Teamson Kids – Retro Wooden Play Kitchen
This kitchen is available in red or pink (in addition to white as seen in the picture) and as a one piece or 2 piece set. It’s dimensions are 38.2 x 11.5 x 36.8 inches. In the picture it looks like the kitchen is on wheels, however these “wheels” are actually just round pieces of wood.
If you feel that your child is tall and would prefer a taller kitchen, you could replace these balls with your own wooden blocks to raise the kitchen up some more.
In the one piece set (pictured), a microwave is included, however there is no microwave in the two piece set as the upper portion that connects the stove/oven to the fridge is not there.
This set does not come with any accessories so those would need to be purchased separately.
Again, like the KidKraft wood kitchens, this kitchen is made of MDF and has some plastic finishes.
Unfortunately there really aren’t many kitchen sets for older kids made specifically for children over the age of 5. It took me quite some digging and researching to find these 5 kitchens.
If your child is over the age of 5, has never had a play kitchen and you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a toy he/she might not play with (although, I assure you, most kids love play kitchens), then check out these cardboard kids kitchens!
They are all under $75 and do not take up much space!