This Dad Made His Kid a Play Kitchen That’s Nicer than Yours

updated Sep 30, 2020
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(Image credit: Courtesy of Mcsoup88)

Little kids love play kitchens, where they can pretend to be just like their parents — chopping, slicing, searing, and baking, with none of the yelling about how they’re about to burn themselves or poke an eye out. You’ve seen them — they’re usually clunky plastic in bright colors that just add to the visual disaster that having children turns your house into. But that wasn’t going to cut it for Reddit user mcsoup88.

At first glance, it clearly looks like a dream kitchen, but delving deeper, it becomes even more impressive. The kitchen includes a French-door refrigerator with a water spigot and drawer freezer, which has an icemaker with a motor and hopper, a microwave, an oven, a stove, and a sink. The granite countertops shine and there’s a beadboard backsplash.

Sound nice? Yeah, it’s basically the HGTV dream kitchen, in toddler size. Not only that, but there are working parts: the fridge and freezer lights turn on when you open them, just like on a real one, and the oven has blue LED lights and a fan (with air filter, to keep it from pulling in dust), and red LED strips light the stove burners. There is under-cabinet lighting and personalized logo plates on the fridge and oven. And, because this is the smart-kitchen era, it can be voice-operated.

As you might imagine, Redditors were duly impressed, and comments led to more secrets from the original poster — like while the sink doesn’t function (“Giving a 3-year-old free access to water. Are you crazy?”), it is plugged but able to drain, should the need arise. The OP also says that the gift was as much of a hit as it ought to have been — the kiddo forgot about all other gifts for four hours.

I suspect most of us would do the same. In fact, I’m ready to install this in my own home kitchen — if only there was just a little more counter space.