The Wooden Toys category was hugely popular this year - perhaps in a world where toys are getting more and more complex and technological there is a strong appetite for classic imaginative play. There was, however, only one winner for us this year - a toy that stood out above all the rest. That was this gorgeous Play Kitchen with Lights and Sounds from KidKraft.
We know KidKraft well, as a brand, and have come to expect this kind of high-quality product, but this is a step up even for them. The design is absolutely lovely. What children really liked about it was the fact that it looks like a' real' kitchen. It automatically inspires imaginative play as children instantly began imitating the grownups in their life, 'washing dishes' in the sink, popping a dish in the oven and putting on a load of laundry.
The clever thing about this is that it incorporates lights and sounds into the design without cheapening the finished product or making it at all irritating. The parents of the testers used the words 'sophisticated' and 'imaginative' and all spoke highly of the design. It's a flat pack build but apparently not one that causes too many headaches (always a plus in our book) and seems designed for a solid, enduring build.
The child testers provided the best review with their actions rather than their words: they were obsessed with it! Children crowded round to have a go with it (which many could do at the same time as it's quite big) and went back to it again and again.
What our reviewers said: "This is extremely stylish. I don't mind having it in a prominent place in the house", "Everything a toy should be - hours of imaginative fun with a high-quality toy that I think will last for generations".
Approx. price: £199.99