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Guidecraft’s Hideaway Playtime Kitchen Review

My children enjoy dramatic play and “cooking” with their pretend food has provided them with many hours of fun. Hannah and her brothers have requested a play kitchen so that they could “bake just like mommy” so I have been searching for a quality play kitchen that will be durable enough to last through years of play.

As a home educating mom of three young children, I have been a fan of Guidecraft’s educational toys and furniture for years. I recently learned that they offer a large selection of high quality play kitchens at affordable prices. The Hideaway Playtime Kitchen really got my attention because it can compact to a depth of 6” allowing it to be stored easily without having to be completely dismantled. This is an excellent feature for those who may not have a lot of space for a play kitchen as it can be stored under a bed or in the closet.

When the Guidecraft Hideaway Playtime Kitchen arrived my children were very excited to start playing so my husband and I began to assemble it. The instructions were easy to follow and in approximately one hour the play kitchen was ready. I was very impressed with the features included in this play kitchen such as functioning knobs, a stove, an oven, a dishwasher and a sink with faucet. It is visually appealing with pretty pink, blue and yellow colors and it is the perfect size for young children at 30”W x 15.25” D x 38”H. It is a generous size without being overwhelming and we will be keeping this up as a permanent piece in their playroom. However, if we ever need to store this play kitchen then it is very simple to compact it by unlocking the latches and in just a few additional steps it will be only 6” deep. You can see for yourself how this works by watching a short video at the Guidecraft website. I also appreciate that the oven and dishwasher area provides ample space to store all those fun play kitchen foods and accessories too.

My children absolutely love playing with their new Guidecraft Hideaway Playtime Kitchen. I want to mention that my two boys, ages 6 and 3 enjoy playing with it just as much as their 4 year old sister. I value the social skills, language development and imaginative play that they are learning while pretending and acting out scenarios. I appreciate that they play cooperatively and love to watch them pretend to cook at home for their family, open a restaurant or set up a bakery.

Guidecraft is a leader in the industry and is known for crafting beautiful wood furniture and products for children. This family business was established 46 years ago and it is obvious to me that producing excellent quality products is of top importance at Guidecraft. As a customer for over 6 years, I appreciate the excellent customer service and every product that I have purchased from Guidecraft has exceeded my expectations as a mom and an educator.

You are invited to visit Guidecraft to view the entire collection of children’s educational toys and furniture. For young children, I highly recommend a play kitchen to encourage dramatic play and Guidecraft has an excellent selection to suit virtually any need from Modern, Swing-Door, Country, Hideaway or All-In-One styles.

The Hideaway Playtime Kitchen is available from Guidecraft for only $200 and can be purchased online by visiting their website.

*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. This giveaway is not related to Facebook in any way. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*



Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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