This morning I am just not up to reading and dealing with the morning news. Too negative. Too much ugliness, fighting, arguing. Too much hatred, death and stupidity. Too much politics! Instead I thought about children... and coffee. Then I thought about children and coffee... together; as in children's little play coffee sets!
I popped into Amazon to see what is on the market in play toys now as my 'kids' are all at the age where they drink real coffee if they desire. But as little ones, they all loved their little play kitchens and itty bitty play household appliances. Children love to emulate their parents and drinking coffee or having tea parties is usually a part of that "let's play house!" time.
I'm going to start with my 2 favorites and I think you'll see why right away... SO many people own single cup brewers now, like the Keurigs - that there is a pretty good chance this is the style of "coffee maker" a child is used to seeing these days!
What do I love about it? It's all WOOD with a non-toxic finish. So it's durable (not breakable plastic)!
- Charming and unique addition to any toy kitchen
- Includes wood toy coffee maker, cup, creamer and sugar
- Encourages role play and education learning
- Non-toxic finishes and child safe materials
- For ages 3 - 5 years
My other favorite is another wood play set (and by a very well known name if you have little ones you recognize it) - Melissa & Doug!
(UPDATE 2017: for the record, this is the toy coffee maker set I bought for Christmas last year and it was a HUGE hit.)
This is the most adorable little play coffee maker!
- Pretend-play wooden coffee maker set
- 2 mugs, 3 coffee pods, sugar, creamer, spoon, ice cube, and menu card included
- Lid opens and closes and dial turns to indicate size settings
- Sturdy, quality construction
As most of you know, Melissa & Doug have a huge plethora of imaginative play toys, sets, etc. and is a very well known and respected brand. And again, this set is under $20.
Those are my favorites, but it might not be everyone's 'cup of tea' (see what I did there?) so I thought I'd link to a few more ideas I found on Amazon but most of them are available through local retail stores and other online retailers as well.
Casdon Little Cook Morphy Richards Kitchen Set
Toysmith 17-Piece Li'l Tea Tote Set
Children's Tea Set (colors may vary)
Learning Resources New Sprouts Brew It!