These long, dark, and cold winter months can seem never-ending when you have little ones cooped up in the house that you are trying to keep busy! January and February are such tough months there are so many excuses for why we can’t go outside.  It’s hard for me as a parent and myself as well!

The holidays bring so much joy, chaos, and excitement that the months following can be difficult to power through. Finding ways to entertain the kids in the winter months that don’t include allowing them to have an iPad glued to their face can be a challenge.

Fortunately, my kids were given some incredible gifts this year during the holiday season which have allowed them to be creative, adventurous and explore new things.

Little Tikes Play Kitchen

Little Tikes Cook ‘n Store™ Kitchen

Age: 18 + months – 13.30”L x 11.10”W x 29.00”H — Weight: 10.00lbs.

One of my kids’ new favorite toys is the Cook ‘n Store Kitchen we received from Little Tikes. There are so many things that I love about this fun play kitchen.

Little Tikes Cook n Store Kitchen

When the package arrived on our doorstep, I was excited for the kids to see it, but I was also secretly dreading the assembly I’d have to complete while they waited ever so impatiently. That’s because I’ve heard so many parents complain about the hours it took them to put together their children’s toy kitchens. Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and discovered this kitchen arrives fully assembled! Not only that but the clever design allows this play kitchen to fold up compactly should you need to tuck it away or take it on the road.

The Cook ‘n Store Kitchen  also arrives with thirty-two accessories including cups, plates, silverware, pots and pans.  The addition of the accessories makes it a complete gift! It also means no guessing about which play food sets will fit, though many of the popular brands do.

Little Tikes Cook ‘n Store Kitchen Video

My five-year-old daughter and 18-month old son both have so much fun playing make believe and serving the entire family “food and drinks”.  The design of the kitchen allows them to both prepare their pretend food, and they love all of the features like the microwave oven, lazy susan storage area, sink with faucet, stove with clicking oven and stove top knobs, and refrigerator.

I love how this play kitchen lets them engage together in pretend play because it’s such an important part of child development. There aren’t many toys that can keep the attention of kids as young as 18 months and as old as five, but the Cook n’ Store Kitchen can! We chose the red kitchen, but it’s also available in pink or purple too.

Little Tykes Wagon

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe® Wagon

Age: 18 months – 7 years ♥  Size 44.50”L x 12.00”W x 25.70”H — Weight: 24.00lbs.

The Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Wagon is perfect for year-round fun! Its rugged body is rustproof, a must for us here in Seattle! It’s the perfect size for trips to the park or around the neighborhood, and it’s comfortable with its two integrated seats with high backrests and built-in cup holders. It holds two children and gear up to 250lbs, and the handle folds away for easy storage.

Little Tykes Red Wagon
The Cozy Coupe weighs 24 pounds, so it feels sturdy and ready for fun! Kids love the door that opens and closes for easy step-in loading as well as the fun face on the front of the wagon. The bright red color and adorable design makes this a “toy” our family will enjoy for years.

More About Little Tikes

Little Tikes offers such a wide variety of toys. Their toys are tailored to different age groups that allow kids to explore the world around them by becoming active in pretend and outdoor play. They carry outdoor toys such as wagons, swing sets, picnic tables, and sand & water tables. They also carry a wide selection of indoor toys including kitchens, tool sets, trucks, and blocks.

The Little Tikes website is very easy to navigate allowing you to find the best toys for your children at each different developmental stage. My husband and I find it important to surround our children with not only fun toys, but also ones that we allow them to learn and grow with while having fun.

Little Tikes has always been a favorite in our household. I encourage you to check them out at You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.

Does your family count on Little Tikes to get them through the dark days of winter too?