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What is the best site for a wooden kitchen? I want to get one for my DD's birthday in August.<br>
I'm also looking for a cool easel, and haven't had much luck yet w/ either.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
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Depends on how big/how much you want. we found a great small one at <a href="http://www.magiccabin.com" target="_blank">www.magiccabin.com</a>. no help on the easel though!
 

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Personally I love the Elves and Angels kitchen set we bought for DD. <a href="http://www.elvesandangels.com" target="_blank">http://www.elvesandangels.com</a> - its a family in maine that makes them and they sadly had a tragic warehouse fire destroying their inventory, but they are supposedly selling a limited selection (mostly kitchens) again now through <a href="http://www.novanatural.com/browse.phtml?sub_category_id=247&view_all=TRUE" target="_blank">http://www.novanatural.com/browse.ph...&view_all=TRUE</a><br><br>
They are really well made beautiful pieces, my daughter loves them!
 

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We have an elves and angel Kitchen set ( new version) and it was worth every penny.. we purchased it through Nova Natural : O )<br><br><br>
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<a href="http://www.blessingscatalog.com/menu.cfm" target="_blank">http://www.blessingscatalog.com/menu.cfm</a><br>
they sell 2 types (under children's furniture)<br><br>
we are making ds one (eventually) from the familyfun.com site, but will buy one from this site if it's something that's a big hit with him and his new sibling!
 

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Alex makes a great selection of easels for little ones. They are widely available so you may want to search for prices but here is a site that has them so you can see what they look like:<br><br><a href="http://www.growingtreetoys.com/toys/art-easels-and-art-furniture.html" target="_blank">http://www.growingtreetoys.com/toys/...furniture.html</a><br><br>
As for kitchen sets, childcraft has some great stuff. A lot of children's wood furniture is made from presswood or mdf or something like that which has a lot of glue in it to hold it together. That glue can off gas and cause indoor air pollution.<br><br><a href="http://www.playstoretoys.com/" target="_blank">http://www.playstoretoys.com/</a> This site has beautiful stuff and it is run by moms who are interested in making toys that are healthy and safe for both the users and those who make it.<br><br><a href="https://www.childcrafteducation.com" target="_blank">https://www.childcrafteducation.com</a> Childcraft makes really well made furniture, designed for classrooms so it will withstand a lot of wear, but they are made from real wood and use nontoxic laquers and they legs are bolted together, not glued.<br><br>
Another good site for wood furniture is:<br><a href="http://www.heirloomwoodentoys.com" target="_blank">http://www.heirloomwoodentoys.com</a>
 

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We got DD a kitchen after the big fire that devastated Elves & Angels, when their products weren't available. A friend of mine found this fellow on Ebay and we both purchased the same kitchen straight out (no bidding):<br><br><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=1197&item=5974814330" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=5974814330</a><br><br>
He also has a site through Ebay called Willow Toys.<br><br>
It has all my favorite features of the E & A kitchens I was seeing through Nova Natural, with the exception of the attached icebox. The bowl (stainless steel) is deep and wonderful, and holds water. I think that the E & A bowls are plastic (?) - that's the rumor. The only thing I don't like about the kitchen we purchased is that when the oven door is opened, it tends to fall open onto the floor with a "thunk"! I may be able to remedy this with a few adjustments, but it was certainly a surprise when it first happened.<br><br>
I also have a friend at DD's school who purchased the completely outfitted kitchen from Magic Cabin and her kids have loved it. It's a bit smaller than the ones I was looking at, but in hindsight, it's a real steal, as it provides the kitchen as well as lots of play food and the like to really enjoy it with (without costing the earth).<br><br>
HTH.<br><br>
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When I read the title, I thought you already had one in mind, and were wondering where in your house to put it! LOL!<br><br>
We have one that we got at Toys R Us. It is all wood, but painted in pink and purple and yellow. I like it because it doesn't have a talking phone or beeping microwave or running water or any of that stuff. It's just a wooden kitchen!<br><br>
And, for the record, we keep it in OUR kitchen! LOL again.<br><br>
eta: The cost of the TRU kitchen, if I remember correctly, was $79, and we had to assemble it ourselves. It has an oven, a microwave, a sink, and some shelves. It's cute but girly in lavender, pink and yellow.
 

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We got ds a great wooden kitchen from <a href="http://www.hearthsong.com" target="_blank">www.hearthsong.com</a> We love it and he plays with it all teh time. We got some great stainless steel pots and pans and some wooden food from Melissa and Doug and he's good to go.<br><br>
BTW, I was also prepared for discussing where in my house we keep it! It was a struggle for us cause I wanted it in our kitchen but there is really not room. So it's in his bedroom.
 

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Here's ours:<br><a href="http://www.sensoryedge.com/cowokice.html" target="_blank">http://www.sensoryedge.com/cowokice.html</a><br><br>
We are very happy with it. I thought the price was right for a kitchen that has a microwave, oven stove, sink, and dishwasher/cabinet.
 

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DH made our wooden kitchen for DD out of some scrap wood from his school and she loves it. I'm sure it was way cheaper than buying one and I don't think it was too difficult to make--if you have a handy person in your circle maybe you could have one built.<br><br>
Wooden easels--we really wanted one for DD and I found a great one for a pretty good price for what we were getting, but I can't remember where I saw it. I'll try to do a search today and get back with you.
 

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We have a really cool wooden kitchen from the Pottery Barn Kids. It is wooden and metal, with a glass? (maybe plastic, I can't tell) window on the oven door.
 

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Thank y'all sooo much!<br>
Off to research!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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It looks great, and is all kitted out!<br><br><a href="http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/VI6153" target="_blank">http://www.oompa.com/cgi-bin/item/VI6153</a><br><br>
French Kitchen from Vilac
 

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Me too! Ours is in our dining room which is mostly a playroom but we do eat meals in there also. We bought this one: <a href="http://store.platinumgalleria.com/kidkraft-kitchen.html" target="_blank">http://store.platinumgalleria.com/kidkraft-kitchen.html</a> last year. It is painted mdf with a plastic sink (which arrived broken) so not my ideal kitchen, but it is a larger one which we wanted (dd is tall). DD has a kid size table and chairs next to it where she eats breakfast and lunch. She plays with it every day, so it was worth the price and assembly (took quite a while). Also, we bought on ebay, not from the store above NAYY.
 

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I got a totally fabulous easel for my DD at Costco. It's a Battat, with 6 bins on the bottom. It was only $55, and by FAR the best easel I have ever seen. It's built to last. Has a white board on one side, chalk on the other, and a dowel for newsprint rolls. We use it constantly.<br><br>
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IKEA has a great easel for about $20 if you have one near you. I got one for my son and it's very nice and sturdy...chalk board on one side, white board on the other w/the dowel for paper rolls.
 

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We got our play kitchen from <a href="http://www.brianswoodshop.com/id21.htm" target="_blank">http://www.brianswoodshop.com/id21.htm</a> and are very happy with it.<br><br>
It's a small family owned business in WA state I think. It's natural and unpainted, but I think they'll put a finish on it for you if you like. I like that it's 3 separate pieces (at our request), so we can rearrange the location of the pieces now and then. We got a fridge/freezer, sink/cupboard, and oven.<br><br>
I don't think it shows up on their web site, but you can ask and I think they'll email photos of what they do!
 

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That is such a great one and so cheap too.
 
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