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.
To clarify, by older children I mean those between the ages of 4 and 8 as many kitchens are meant for children under the age of 4.
I have selected these sets 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.
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. Food will need to be purchased separately.
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.
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.
Chef’s Cook N Create Island Play Kitchen
The Chef’s Cook N Create Island isn’t really a kitchen, but it has the functionality of one.
This set is great for older children as it looks quite realistic – it definitely does not look like a toddler toy!
There are a few electronic features (aka, noise makers).
Kids can get really creative and use the sitting area as a restaurant table or whatever else they come up with. Some of their ideas may surprise you.
My kids have used their play kitchen as a shield during nerf gun battles!
It’s also been used as the kitchen area of an airplane.
The dimensions are 42.9 (L) x 24.5 (W) x 31.7 (H) inches assembled.
Unfortunately there isn’t much storage with this kitchen island set and it does not come with any accessories.
Step2 Modern Metro Play Kitchen
This is another great kitchen from Step2.
Step2 makes some wonderful play kitchens, so it’s difficult not to choose a few for each article I write about toy kitchens.
The dimensions for this one are 44.50″ high (center), 12″ wide (front to back), 45″ long (side to side).
It’s a great kitchen for parents with children between the toddler and early elementary school years.
For those who are handy, you could try mounting some blocks underneath to raise it up even more!
This set does comes with a set of dishes for two (two each; plates, bowls, utensils, cups and tea cups) a colander, pot and pan with lids, and serving utensils. It also comes with salt and pepper shakers and some condiment bottles.
Food will need to be purchased separately.
Assembly time shouldn’t be more than 2 to 3 hours.
Step2 Heart Of The Home Kitchen Playset
While this kitchen isn’t one of the largest – it’s about 4 feet tall, it is appealing to children ages 5 to 8+!
Our play kitchen is a similar size to this one and my kids still play with it and they are 9 and 11 (although not as often as they used to).
Children can practice responsibility with this kitchen as it comes with a recycling bin and pet area.
It also has a white erase board which is perfect for making grocery lists.
This kitchen set comes with a 41 piece accessory pack, however, there is not much food (a hamburger, corn, apple, lemon, watermelon and a slice of pizza).
But you can purchase more food separately. There are many pretend play food packs to choose from!
The picture frame is also customizable so your child can add their own 5 x 7 photo or work of art!
This kitchen makes some sounds, but not in an over the top annoying way.
One of the drawbacks to this kitchen is the assembly.
Unfortunately not all of the the holes are pre-drilled, but if you have a hammer and screwdriver on hand it won’t be too difficult to make your own.
Step2 Elegant Edge Play Kitchen Playset
This kitchen is one of the largest kids kitchen sets I have seen.
It comes in at just over 4 feet tall and 6 feet long making it perfect for children 5+. It would still be fine for a younger child but will appeal to school aged children as well.
Keep in mind that the counter height is only about 20 inches though.
I love that it comes with a working oven light giving it an even more realistic feel.
This is also the perfect kitchen if you have several children of varying ages as it is large enough to accommodate multiple children playing.
It would make a perfect addition to a home based daycare!
This set also comes with a 78 piece accessory pack so you don’t have to order anything else!
Make sure to set aside several hours to assemble this kitchen.
It ships in 3 boxes!
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!