My husband loves coffee. This is likely an understatement. As a result of this obsession, we have a lot of coffee accessories in our home. These grown-up coffee items vary from Chemex, Aero Press, Technivorm and so on, and so on. One of the first things my sons loved to do is help Dad make coffee. Their favorite is getting to press the button on the coffee grinder and watching the beans transform. Naturally when our oldest started getting into play food he wanted his very own coffee maker. As I began to search for a toy coffee maker, and expand our pretend play food in general, I found that our favorite brands have been HAPE and JANOD. Both of these brands are durable and spark great imaginative play.
The HAPE Rise ‘n’ Shine Coffee Maker, is a more traditional coffee maker. It comes with the stationary coffee maker, a coffee mug, a milk carton, and sugar dish with a spoon. All the pieces are wooden and covered with water based paint. The coffee maker itself has a little wooden knob on the side for kids to “set” the coffee. The top has a piece that flips-up where the child can place the coffee “pod” for brewing. All in all, this set is great quality and very durable. It is wonderful for pretend play, and can be basic training for teaching your child how to make coffee when they are older for mom and dad which is a perk (punn intended).
The Janod Picnik Espresso Machine is also wonderful for coffee play time! This set includes: wooden espresso machine, water container, 3 coffee pods, 1 tray, 2 cups, 2 spoons, 2 sugar packets, 1 spoon and 1 croissant. I love that this is all wooden and allows for a variety of options when your child is playing with it. My oldest son likes to give us choices of different drinks according to the 3 different pod selections. Of course, each of the drinks are drinks only a toddler could create, for example, “Mom would you like a hot chocolate made of banana, blueberry, and gold-fish??”. This is a fabulous addition to your child’s toy kitchen allowing your little one to become a barista in training.
Here are the links to the above toy coffee makers which we have in our house, as well as a few others that I have seen/heard of but do not own because really, how many coffee makers do you need? (for my husband that number is currently 6).
What is your child’s favorite pretend food or kitchen item?