Non-toxic, Formaldehyde-Free, Eco-Friendly Wooden Play Kitchen

September 14, 2008 | 6 Comments

The first time that my baby girl played with a wooden Kitchen Play Center was in a toy store. She just loved it and it kept her engaged in imaginative play for quite some time. This was when I realized how wonderful a Play Kitchen really is for a child’s imagination and creative play time.

Unfortunately, many toy kitchens are made of plywood, containing formaldehyde and toxic paints. On top of that, glues used to press woods such as plywood and particleboard together, give off additional toxic fumes.

Formaldehyde and other toxic glues are widely used in wooden play kitchens and other wooden toys. In small amounts, this toxic chemical can irritate your child’s eyes, skin and throat, and it can cause nausea and lethargy. In high concentrations and through long-term exposure, formaldehyde is a deadly carcinogenic substance.

That’s why we were looking for one of the safest, environmental-friendliest and highest quality kitchens available……. and SafBaby happily found this one! The unsurpassed Guidecraft Kitchen Island Complete Play Center!

Creative Play With Guidecraft Kitchen Island Complete Play Center

Safbaby.com Seal of ApprovalOur children like to do what we do. Isn’t it so true? With their very own kitchen, it gives them a safe environment to “play” like us, with all the freedom to be who they uniquely are. What a fabulous way to explore, learn, and be engaged in an activity that will reap future benefits of future experience in the kitchen! And a fun way to plant seeds of enjoyment around nutrition, meal preparation, and clean up too!

I enjoy stirring-it-up with my little girl in her kitchen also. Not only do I love to bake, shake, and share with her, but I can also get work done along side of her as she plays endlessly and happily here too!

Unique Features Within Guidecraft’s Wooden Kitchen

Guidecraft’s wooden kitchen island features 5 major appliances in one attractive play center!

Complete with:

- Stove
- Oven
- Microwave
- Sink
- Dishwasher with removable plate rack

But that is not all!

This deluxe kitchen is designed with rounded counter tops which provide food prep and dish washing areas. A perfect place for her toaster, sold separately, which she loves too! And, this kitchen has turning knobs, silk-screened controls, acrylic windows on appliance doors and wooden shelves for loads of storage.

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What else makes this Kitchen stand out above all the rest?

First the wood! This is a SOLID WOOD KITCHEN, made from Asian Hardwood. The wood is so natural that as you take it out of the box, you will be inhaling a little deeper to enjoy that natural wood smell.

The special (rubber) tree is grown for its sap, which is used to produce rubber. Historically the trees have been cut down and burned at the end of their productive life. Recently, however, the beautiful hardwood from these trees has been redirected and recycled into many wonderful uses. Guidecraft decided to use this wood to create many fine products for children.

Next, is the sturdiness of this piece of art! It is magnificently put together, better that any other we have seen. In other words, this kitchen will be the same kitchen your grandbabies will be playing with too!

Don’t forget to watch our ‘Product Review’ video below!

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Manufactured In: Thailand – Size: 44″H x 32″ W x 23.5″ D – For Ages: 2 years and up

Available at Amazon.com for $ 299.

Safe and Non-toxic Kitchen Accessories We Love!

Alex Toys Deluxe Cooking Set

Alex Deluxe Cooking Set is a 13-piece stainless steel set. It comes with teapot with lid, stock pot with lid, frying pan, colander, wooden spoon, spatula, whisk, pasta spoon, ladle, slotted spoon and oven mitt. Available here for $33.99

Plan Toy Toaster

This beautiful and colorful wooden toaster has a pop up action and timer function so children can enjoy pretending to toast bread and serve breakfast. The set is included two slices of toast.

Available here for $22.50

Melissa and Doug Deluxe Wooden Spice Rack Set

Your toddler can season food with this set of 5 spices. Spices make shaking sounds and have removable lids that match the color of the wooden spice jar.

Available here for $14.99

Melissa and Doug Cutting Food Box

Little ones will love hearing the realistic crunch sound as they slice through this set of solid, smooth-sanded wooden foods. Complete with 8 beautifully colored food items in 29 pieces, cutting board, and knife. Pieces are held together by Velcro, producing sound when they are ‘cut.

Available here for $ 18.70

Erzi Assorted Vegetables

An assortment of wooden vegetables in a wooden crate. The crate consists of the following vegetables: onion turnip carrot radish pepper tomato asparagus pickled cucumber. Read Safbaby’s full review here.

Available at Moolka.com for $36.99

Melissa and Doug Food Groups

Mix and match this make-believe food to create a fabulous feast. Your child can learn all about the different food groups with this well-balanced 21-piece pretend play food set. Comes complete with all four food groups, individually boxed in wooden crates for storage, sorting and stacking. Measures 9″ x 12.75″ x 2.25″.

Available here for $ 18.90

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Play Food – 10 Piece Set

Your little ones will enjoy this deluxe, play foodset as they stock their play kitchens or grocery stores. This beautiful set will provide hours of fun with 10 wooden food items and a wooden crate for easy clean up and storage.

Available here for $ 19.99

Bambu Kids Cooking Utensils

Made from organically grown bamboo, this 5 piece set includes a serving fork, flat spatula, mixing spatula, mixing spoon and serving spoon.

Bambu Kids in the Kitchen Solid Bamboo Utensil Set will teach more than how to cook. Encourage your kids to eat well, get them busy in the kitchen! It’s a known fact that children involved in preparing food are more willing to try different foods and have a more varied diet. Each piece measures approximately 9.5″ long.

Available here for $ 15.99

Melissa and Doug Pizza Party

Toddlers can create their own personal pizza with this sturdy wooden pizza set. Six thick slices served in a brightly colored tray; complete with cutter; spatula; and over 50 toppings stored neatly in a wooden box. A tremendous value any way you slice it!

Available here for $ 17.24

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Category: 1-3 yrs, 3-5 yrs, 5+ yrs, Product Reviews, Toys

  • Lisa

    I bought the same kitchen for my 2 and 4 year old girls and they absolutely love it! I like that they can both play at the same time. It’s one of the few toys they both can play together.

  • Mia

    Just wondering what people like best for play food. I’m really interested in Plan Toys, but have read reviews about concerns how small the pieces are (I have an 18 month old and she puts everything in her mouth). I’m completely confused about the safety of Melissa and Doug. And other brands seem like you might break the bank trying to stock the kitchen. Any suggestions??

    Thanks so much.

  • Patricia

    Mia,
    I have been looking for some play food for my 2 year old and have found lots of beautiful felt food on Etsy. But, like you said, it is very pricey. Unless you buy the patterns and DIY. There is also the IKEA fabric food that has a great price, but I haven’t seen them in person so don’t know what kind of quality they are.

  • Kathy

    Samantha and Sandra, I just found your site and am very interested in all the info!
    On this Guidecraft play kitchen….where did you find all the product information as far as the type of wood used, glue, paint/finish etc.? I was seeking out more products on guidecraft.com in the hopes I had finally found my furniture source, and they have nothing on there. Please help.

  • safbaby

    We asked them directly for all the information before we reviewed the kitchen.

  • nikki

    i have some ikea soft play food i found at once upon a child. we LOVE it. and its machine washable. we cant order anything from the website and the nearest store is 2 hrs away so we will be making a road trip. i too was wondering like kathy about the safety b/c it states manuf in thailand. that makes me a little nervous. i am looking to replace our plastic kitchen sets with a nice wooden one but am coming up empty b/c as soon as i find one that claims to be safe i find something about it that is not. grrrr….and i believe they harvest latex (the sap) from the rubber trees. i found a youtube video about pottery barn kids and they had the info about the rubber trees in thailand on there.

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