Cons: quality, not a good product to use around sand
The Bottom Line: a cute little toy for all those toddlers/preschoolers who love the kitchen sink
OK, I should finish that by saying I did not have very high expectations for something that only cost $40. But this kitchen looked so darn cute. My 1 year old LOVES to play in the sink (as do all my kids) and what kid doesn't like dirt. Spring is here so this looked like the perfect gift for my 1 year old for Easter. We have so many outdoor toys it is hard to find something different.
This toy comes unassembled and requires a screwdriver for assembly. Assembly was not difficult however. I was surprised when it was removed from the box as most of the toy is not the molded type plastic you think of when you think of Little Tikes, especially when you think of an outdoor toy of theirs. Once assembled it is not huge, it is over 2' tall which is the perfect height for my daughter who is a bit over 1½. It is a a tad short though for my 3 and 5 year olds (who are about the same size, maybe around the size of a 4 year old). It is just under 2' long and that is just about room for 2 children to play together. The toy itself features a sink that can be plugged so the child can fill it up or unplugged so it will easily drain. The sink is a giant tank made of molded plastic. You fill it up through a plug next to the faucet. I find the plug hard to open so I tend to leave it open. It holds a LOT of water so does not necesarily need to be filled each time or if you plan to does not have to be filled all the way. In my opinion a funnel would have been a good item to include in the accessories it comes with because it would also be helpful in filling the tank. The hole is too small to fit the hose so to use the hose it has to be kept on a low setting and held right which takes FOREVER. To use our watering can it takes several fillings. We ended up buying a 3 pack of funnels from the dollar store and they also play with them but if I can get 3 at the dollar store I think the only reason Little Tikes didn't include one is lack of thought. Next to that is the faucet which is a cheaper plastic and I worry the kids will break as they pull on it. Beside that is the button that you press to make the water come out the faucet. Again I am not too sure of the quality of the plastic but it is better than the faucet. My 1 year old can almost press the button herself but not quite. The toy is labeled for children 2 and up though. My 3 and 5 year old do not have a problem. The problem we ended up with though is we live in the south, our soil is very sandy. Parts of sand got down in the button during play and now it no longer works as intended. Now it is much harder to press (and I sometimes have to unstick it) and the button does not automatically reset so the kids have to pull it up before they can push it down. This is despite me having tried to clean it out and even silicone sprayed it. And this happened the 2nd day we owned it. The faucet dispenses down into a good size sink, plenty of room to play. Next to that is a hand mixer. It looks like a stand mixer but it is controlled by a hand crank on the side. The crank is quite easy to use and my daughter has no problem doing that. Of course if you have a very dense mud in the bowl it is much harder to crank and if you can crank it it will click anyway not actually spin.
The toy comes with several accessories; including a mixing bowl, a tray/sieve, a dirt shaker, a ladle, a measuring cup, and a pie plate/mold. The tray even fits down below, the shaker has a spot next to the sink and there are hooks for the measuring cup and ladle.
There really doesn't seem like there is much to this toy but the kids have a great time. The size and whats included seems on par for the price though I still think a funnel would not have added cost to it. I also am unsure of the quality for a Little Tikes product. Definitely is not a good mix with sand which is hard with the number of people, us included, who also own a sand table or box.
Amount Paid (US$): 40 Type of Toy: Other Age Range of Child: 3 to 5 Years
Little Tikes Makin' Mud PiesMake a perfect mud pie every time with this amazing outdoor kitchen set. The Makin' Mud Pies set comes with everything you need! Use the hand-crank on the mud mixer and watch the mixer head move up and down.