Almost all children, boys and girls alike, love to play cook or baker. Who would not love to have their very own kitchen with lots of equipment - a mixer, egg cooker, waffle iron, hand mixer etc. - and live out their dreams through role play?
MAMAMEMO® has designed a modern kitchen that meets all the criteria for what a kitchen should contain. In addition, there are plenty of matching kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils and tableware. All this enables children to role play to the full, cooking, baking, serving, and washing dishes.
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MAMAMEMO® Play Kitchen and Kitchen Accessories
The kitchen is the heart of most homes – the place where the family and friends spend quality time together.
Children regard the kitchen as a comforting gathering point, where they watch people cooking, baking, chatting and having fun. Maybe they help their mother and father with cooking, laying the table and tidying up.
Regardless of whether they help out in the real kitchen, play kitchens and lots of other different kitchen toys are hugely popular with children because, like the real kitchen, they are all about spending quality time together. In the play kitchen, children can role play and imitate what their mother and father do in the kitchen. They can create imaginative dishes and invite their mother, father and friends for a tea party or dinner. When it comes to choices, the sky’s the limit.
Role-play games are the predominant type of play for children between the ages of 3 and 6, which means they are extremely important in terms of children’s development.
As the expression implies, ‘role play’ is all about playing roles. When children role play, their understanding of the world around them improves. By role playing they process different experiences and conflicts, and role play can help them with any anger or anxiety they may have. When they play a particular role, children may be a bit more daring and maybe cope with a situation better than they might do in reality.
When role playing, a child puts their boundaries and those of others to the test, reflects themselves in other children and adults, expresses feelings and needs, and learns to resolve conflicts.
In this type of play, children constantly use language. Children negotiate and agree, and explain what they do and what others should do. They learn to communicate both thoughts and feelings to the people around them.
Even if a child does not play with other children while role playing, they will speak up for themselves and talk about their actions. Given their stage of development, a child cannot yet be satisfied with thinking about an action and then performing it. A child needs to articulate things in order to control the action. Role play gradually teaches a child to control action with thought.
Role play is crucial for children’s communication skills. Role-playing in the play kitchen, using the kitchen utensils and interacting with their father and mother, helps stimulate children’s linguistic development. Talking to the child about the names of kitchen utensils and machines, what they are used for and what colours they are strengthens a child’s vocabulary and pronunciation. If the father or mother pays attention to the role play and shows interest in it, a child will associate the words and phrases the parents use with the actions they perform. The child learns to construct sentences and how to discuss things – skills that are very important in social contexts.
The play kitchen and utensils can also be used for conscious play and learning.
Here are some examples of games that mum and dad can play with their child in the kitchen:
Find 10 items from among the kitchen utensils and place them on a table. Allow the child to look at them for 2 minutes, and then cover all the utensils with a cloth. Now the child has to remember what objects are under the cloth. To begin with, use just a few items, so the game is not too difficult.
Find a kitchen utensil/machine and cover it with a cloth without the child seeing the object. Now let the child put both their hands under the cloth so that they can feel the object. Then let the child describe what it feels like. Is it round, angular, big or small? Does it have any moveable parts? Finally, the child must try to guess what the object is.
A play kitchen with various kitchen utensils and play food supports children’s role play. We believe it is important and that a play kitchen is a must-have in any child’s home.
So, help your child create an environment that encourages kitchen role play with a MAMAMEMO® play kitchen, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and MAMAMEMO play food and kitchen accessories.