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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Review of the Step2 Coffee House Kitchen & Cafe #Step2Kids

Disclosure: I recently received the opportunity to serve as a Step2 Tester! (Thank you Step2 for letting me test this item as part of the Step2 Toy Tester Program!) I was not required to review the product on my blog, but chose to do so on my own because we loved the product and it provided many hours of entertainment. All opinions are honest and my own.

Let's start with the product overview:

Coffee House Kitchen & Café™ - Sold exclusively at Target
Your little Barista will love running their very own café with this double-sided Play Kitchen and Café by Step2. Little ones can take orders at the counter using the credit card machine, and then prepare the order by using real-looking grown-up appliances (like a microwave, fridge, and espresso maker). At the end of their shift, everything’s kept spotless by washing up in the little side sink. The fun never ends! Accessory set included. Made in the USA with imported parts.
  • 2-sided café doubles as a play kitchen and is great for multi-child play
  • Espresso maker features three removable porta-filters to add to the playtime fun
  • Refrigerator features a see-through window so café customers can see what food is for sale
  • Electronic credit card machine allows for a card to be swiped and makes fun sounds
  • Includes a 40-piece accessory set
  • Requires 2”AA” and 3 “AAA” batteries, not included
  • Adult assembly required
DIMENSIONS: 40.50 H 48.50 W 14.50 D
WEIGHT: 23 lbs

Now, let's talk about my experience. When I first saw this double-sided Play Kitchen and Cafe online, I thought that it was adorable, but once it arrived, I realized that it is even more versatile than I originally thought and that the attention to detail is amazing.  I'm convinced that the designers must have their own children because there are so many notable features

My children spent hours and hours playing with this set. Everyone in our family enjoys being their "customers" and I am now certain that this will be a part of my children
s happy childhood memories.  

Let's start with my youngest and the fact that my toddler is extremely curious.  He wants to open every door, push every button, and experience everything that is around him. Of course, this is a natural toddler instinct, but not exactly safe in the real world.  The Step2 Coffee House Kitchen & Cafe rocks his little world because he is allowed to touch everything without limitations.  He loves to organize everything for us to visit and then take our orders.  The payment device is very clever because he is able to tap on the screen with the stylus and swipe our cards. It responds to taps and card swipes with cute noises.  

Here is a closer view of the payment system.

Another popular feature for his age is that he loves to cook on the stovetop that makes noises and lights up.  

He also loves moving inventory around between the fridge, microwave, cup holder tray, and different shelves.   He serves our food on little plates or in bowls.  There is truly a combinatorial explosion in the number of scenarios for him to act out thanks to the nice design of the play center and the 40 accessories. 

My oldest son similarly loves this set. This actually surprised me a bit because I thought that it was best suited to my toddler. However, they seem to both equally love it. They overlap in some of the ways that they use it, but then my older son uses it in some extra ways. In addition to everything mentioned above that my toddler does, my older son practices his writing by writing down our orders and then delivering them to us.  (This is awesome because he struggles with handwriting, but this play set makes him see that writing is valuable!)   Another difference is that he loves sorting things by how nutrition details. Finally, he has been using fabric and stuffing to sew new foods for the Coffee House Kitchen & Café.  He has a blast doing this and says that he wants to be a toy designer when he grows up.  I love that he is so creative.  I also love knowing that since my children have a large age gap, my youngest son will most likely use this set for many years to come! It really is quite versatile that it keeps both of my children happy and engaged despite their large age gap!

Finally, let me comment on the installation and quality.  My husband and I assembled the Coffee House Kitchen & Café together. We used a timer to record how long it took from opening the box to assembling everything and turning it over to our children. It took us 33 minutes.  My husband owns a drill, so Im sure that this made it quicker, but I think that it would have also been very manageable with just a screw driver too.  We found the instructions easy to follow. Since we assembled everything on our own and watched our children play with it, we were able to examine the quality of the product. We think that it is excellent and anticipate that it will hold up to our energetic boys. As I mentioned earlier, it seems like the designers of this set are perfectionists that may have children of their own because the design and quality is so nice.

In summary, the pros of this product are that it has an excellent design such that it is versatile for both of my children who have a large age gap between them. It keeps them engaged in ways that surprised me!  I also think that the product is top quality. I am certain that the Coffee House Kitchen & Café will be part of their happy childhood memories. 

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