Role play is a really important part of any child's development and play kitchens give children a great opportunity to try out their creative role-playing skills. Playing in a toy kitchen with friends has even more added benefits. Multiple playmates mean that children need to allocate roles and work out a way of sharing and cooperating. This Hape gourmet kitchen is a great example of a good quality wooden play kitchen that is eye-catching to small people thanks to the bright green colour and orange handles. Children are drawn to bold colourful toys and this is particularly pleasing to the eye. The kitchen is fully functional with opening and closing doors, useful shelving, a washing up sink for children to role play cleaning the pots and a double hob for cooking up treats. The red clickable switches are great for small fingers and satisfying to use. The cupboards in this kitchen are really useful for the purposes of both organising food and crockery as well as tidying away at the end of the day. Young aspiring chefs love to copy grown-ups in the kitchen and this kitchen allows them plenty of opportunities to do so, whether they are creating a feast for the family or baking a cake for friends, the potential for their imagination to run wild is endless. Hape are committed to maintaining good environmental standards and this kitchen complies with all the necessary quality and safety standards. The kitchen is self-assembly but does not require any batteries.