5 Kitchen Sets For Older Kids You Need To Check Out!

5 kitchen sets for older kids


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.

The 5 Best Kids Play Kitchens: They Will All Encourage Language and Learning!

Kids Toy Kitchens: 10 Reasons Why Every Child Should Have One!

The 8 Best Toy Kitchen Sets Of 2017 Are Here!

Cardboard Kids Kitchens: A Portable and Eco-Friendly Alternative

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.

Keep in mind that the wood that this kitchen is made from is MDF, so you won’t be getting a solid wood kitchen.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!



These kitchen sets are great for older kids as well as younger siblings. Pretend Play | Speech-Language Development | Problem Solving Skills | Social Skills

24 Comments

  1. Shonda El mohandis

    Hello I have a very tall 8 and 5 yr old that would like a kitchen set so any recommendations on a tall one thank you

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Shonda,

      Any of the kitchens I mentioned in the article should word. You could also try the tip of adding some blocks under the kitchen to raise it up. I did find this newer play kitchen by Step2 called the Elegant Edge Play Kitchen. It is quite large and should work well with 2 older children. Unfortunately there aren’t any kitchen playsets that are specifically designed for children 6+. Most seem to be made with kids 3 to 8 in mind.

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  2. Heather

    I have a 7 year old and a 9 year old. They would both play with one but I’m looking for one mainly for my 7 year old. I’m on disability so I don’t want to pay ridiculous prices but I need to get one that will hold up. She has ADHD and it would be so much easier and safer if she had her own kitchen and didn’t play in mine.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Heather,

      I think that the WildBird Care Kids Dollhouse & Kitchen Double-Side Wooden Playsets would be a good fit for your daughter. The price is quite heavily reduced right now as well! I love that it is both a dollhouse and a kitchen so it is two great toys in one.

      Another option would be to look for a used play kitchen on a site such as Craiglist or Kijiji.

      Good luck and I hope that you will find something to fit your budget!

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  3. MarieG

    Each of the kitchen set you featured are beautiful, I would have a hard time choosing one for my kids.

    I love these, I always believed that pretend play is very crucial in developing kids’ interests and imagination. And it also keeps them busy so we moms get to have some me-time, too. 🙂

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for your comment. Pretend play is crucial to a child’s development as you mentioned. It is also important for parents to take a step back (especially with children over age 3) and let their child explore and discover new things on their own.

      These kitchen sets will do just that! Hours of pretend play while the child is learning. And older kids can benefit from pretend play as much as younger ones.

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  4. yancey

    This is very helpful indeed. My 2 year old daughter currently has a plastic kitchen, but my fiance and I were looking into getting a wooden kitchen. After seeing this great review I feel that the wooden kitchen would be a great choice. My daughter loves to put stickers on her kitchen we have now and to be honest it has made the kitchen look terrible lol. Thank you again for this.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Yancey,

      Wooden play kitchens do look much nicer than plastic ones and are a good choice if you don’t have a closed off okay area. I personally love the KidKraft wooden kitchens and the Melissa and Doug one that I mentioned in the article. Keep in mind these are not solid wood and you can run into issues with screw holes not matching up. But it’s an easy fix. Good luck and I hope you find something that both you and your daughter will love!

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  5. Kenny Lee

    Wow. I think my kid would have love any of these. I brought him to Hamley once and he spent hours playing those kitchen sets. I think those that comes with the accessories are value for money. I wouldn’t want to order the accessories separately. It will be quite a hassle, wouldn’t it?

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Yes Kenny, all of these kitchen sets would be loved by all children. There are so many play kitchen accessories available online that it really isn’t too much of a hassle to order some. Especially if you are going to be ordering the kitchen online. Unfortunately the kitchens that do have accessories, don’t have a great selection, so chances are you will end up purchasing some a few months down the road.

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  6. HappyB

    A wonderful way to introduce kids to cooking in a safe (albeit noisy,) environment. Small children love to copy adults in the kitchen and kitchens can be dangerous places. These kitchens make the whole thing exciting but safe.
    These kitchens being made of wood makes them more robust and toddler-proof. Pity more modern toys were not made of wood instead of flimsy plastic.
    Thanks for the hard work researching that you have obviously done.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      The wood kitchens are definitely nicer to look at from an aesthetic standpoint, however not all are top of the line quality. I did make sure to mention that in the article. We have a plastic kids kitchen set and it has taken quite a beating in the 8 years we have had it. And it’s still going strong.

      But a play kitchen is a play kitchen so you need to go with what will work for you in your home and your budget!

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  7. Teresa

    SeeMe looks just like my older son’s Lovey! I LOVE these kitchens. I took my son with me to pick up his birthday cake, and the bakery had a kid’s kitchen set up in one corner that he started playing with and he didn’t want to leave for his party! Then there was another one at a children’s museum we visited while on vacation. I think this is definitely going on the Christmas list this year!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Teresa

      That’s funny that your son has a Seeme look alike. Did you have a chance to ready my other play kitchen articles? If not you should check them out. I share some great tips about how a play kitchen can be used to facilitate language development and learning.

      Here they are

      The 5 Best Kids Play Kitchens: They Will All Encourage Language and Learning!

      10 Things You Need To Know About Kids Toy Kitchens!

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  8. Justin

    I have to admit, this is probably one of the coolest things I have seen. Last year my 3 year old son asked for a kitchen for his birthday. My wife got him one from Walmart, needless to say, it didn’t last very long. He has been asking for another one but I didn’t want to spend $60 on a plastic one that would just become broken in just a few months.

    These have really given me some ideas! I’m really liking the look of the wooden ones. Most of our house is earth tone colors (i.e. woods, greens, browns, etc.) so they would go perfect! Thank you for the great write up and description of each!

    Great read!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Justin,

      Sorry to hear that your son’s plastic kitchen set didn’t last long. I am not sure what brand it was but ours is a Little Tikes kitchen and it is now 8 years old. It has been climbed over, pushed down and very well loved. The faucet has broken off and the ice cube maker isn’t working properly. Other than that it’s still going strong!

      But I agree with you, the wooden play kitchens are very stylish and if the kitchen won’t be hidden away in a playroom, it could be the way to go. The KidKraft kitchens are all very versatile and come in many different colors, from neutrals to lime green and hot pink. They are all made of wood with some plastic finishes.

      Make sure to read The 5 Best Kids Play Kitchens: They Will All Encourage Language and Learning! and 10 Things You Need To Know About Kids Toy Kitchens! for some ideas for language skill development!

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  9. Sandra

    I really like that wood play kitchen! Most of our home has things like reclaimed wood furniture so it would match perfectly. It looks so good just for kids I might want to do this to my actual kitchen! Do you find that children get splinters from the wood or is it pretty durable? Thanks for the insights!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for your comment. As I mentioned in the article, we have a plastic kids kitchen. However, we did have a KidKraft Wooden Playhouse. It was always outside and there were never any issues with splinters, despite being exposed to the weather. I hope this helps.

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  10. Alec Terry

    I remember being in kindergarten and first grade a having a little play kitchen in one part of the classroom that we played in during recess and break time. It was actually a lot of fun from what I remember

    Glad to see that these things are still going strong as they are a great reminder of how much fun kids can have even when they are just mimicking everyday type actions.

    Great post!

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks for your comment Alec. There are some toys that will always be popular! Classic toys such as kids play kitchens are much better from a language development and learning perspective than many of the new electronic “learning” toys that just make a lot of noise.

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  11. Kris

    Wow Tanya I so love these kitchens!!
    My daughter is about to turn 3 do you think she would be the right age for a play kitchen? My sons are 4 and 6 so I think it really would get a lot of use in our house. My only concern is the size of these deluxe models.
    Are there some smaller ones?
    Thanks, great post!
    Kris

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Kris,

      3 is the perfect age to get a play kitchen. And your 4 and 6 year old should still enjoy playing with it as well. We got our kids kitchen set when my daughter was 2 (she’s almost 9 now) and both kids still play with it regularly. Check out these two articles. I am sure they will have more of the kinds of kitchens that you are looking for.

      The 5 Best Kids Play Kitchens: They Will All Encourage Language and Learning!

      Cardboard Kids Kitchens: A Portable and Eco-Friendly Alternative

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  12. Melissa

    Hi. Great information on play kitchens. I have a 6 year old, a 3 year old and a 1.5 year old. We have had our kitchen, a Step 2 Gourmet Kitchen, for almost 5 years now. I am looking to upgrade and I am glad you featured kitchens that are good for older kids. All 3 of mine still love to play with ours but it is getting a bit beat up. They have managed to chew through about half of the play food that came with it.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Melissa,

      I am thrilled to hear your kids love the play kitchen so much that are are still playing with it (and it’s 5 years old). Sounds like your play food looks a lot like mine. I ended up replacing a lot of the plastic food with wooden food from Melissa and Doug! Although they can still leave some nice bit marks on the wooden food.

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