I was sitting on the floor next to my 20-month-old investigating his new Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Kitchen when I looked up to catch the hubby eyeing me with amusement.
‘You’re having too much fun with that,’ he said. ‘I can just see the baby Uju taking over.’
He wasn’t wrong. I’m a sucker for pretend play and the Laugh and Learn kitchen presses all my buttons.
Aimed at kids aged 6 to 36 months (but obviously appealing to ‘big kids’ too!), this fab toy offers loads of interactive fun.
You can whip up a pot on the stove or pop your casserole in the oven, wash up in the sink, empty the rubbish and even switch the light on and off – Jed’s favourite activity.
On the other side is a fridge that you can open and shut, with a pull-out drawer and a little flip-book with cute pix of fruit and veg. There’s also a shape-sorter and Jed really gets busy slotting his milk, carrot and ketchup (part of the set) into the square, triangle and round holes.
The kitchen helps teach letters, colours, shapes and numbers and contains more than 20 songs and activities, including a French version. What I like best are the sound effects – from the running tap to the sizzling stove pot to the strangely satisfying click of the light switch.
We got ours as a gift from the lovely folks at the Fisher Price Play Party but I’d happily shell out for the Laugh & Learn Kitchen as it would make a great baby or toddler Christmas present or birthday surprise.
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Kitchen retails at £39.99 at Argos
Also check Amazon, John Lewis, Early Learning Centre