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Fisher-Price Dora the Explorer Fiesta Favorites Kitchen

October 3rd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

5 Stars- Techdad Review

Fisher-Price Dora Fiesta Kitchen

I’m not sure what it is with toy kitchen sets, but kids love playing with them.  I’m guessing it has something to do with the fact that kids like to emulate what their parents do.  When I saw the Fisher-Price Dora Kitchen, I knew immediately that my kids would enjoy it.

PROS

  • Fast and easy assembly
  • Good quality
  • Decent selection of accessories
  • Teaches bilingual phrases
  • Competitively priced

CONS

  • None

ASSEMBLY
Assembling the all-plastic kitchen took me 20 minutes and didn’t require much strain.  There weren’t as many pieces to put together as I was expecting.  All the screws were the same size so it made the build go a lot faster.  The stickers for the kitchen were already applied as well.  I started building the kitchen with a multi-bit screwdriver but eventually had to switch to a regular philips head because my ratcheting, multi-bit screwdriver was too thick to reach down in a couple of areas.  I recommend starting out with a normal screwdriver.

Dorta kitchen- front Dora kitchen- back

BUILD QUALITY
The build quality of the kitchen is very good.  Our previous play kitchen was of terrible quality, constantly fell over, and eventually fell apart.  The Fisher-Price kitchen has a wide base for stability, and every piece lines up perfectly.  The doors open and shut well, the knobs turn with a solid feel, and the buttons that activate the phrases operate without problems.  My daughter’s friend has another version of this kitchen and has had it for a while.  It’s been used indoors and outdoors and is still in great shape, less some fading from the sun.

Dora kitchen- open Dora kitchen- oven knobs

ACCESSORIES
The kitchen set comes with a pretty impressive amount of accessories.  Most of the items are plastic, but a couple of the pieces, like the tortilla, have a rubbery texture.  I found out that you can also buy a couple of extra sets of food that come with new recipe cards, that unlock more phrases.  Yes, this is a ploy to make more money, but for about $11 each, it’s not a bad deal.

Dora kitchen- top

MISCELLANEOUS
The device that speaks phrases runs on three AA batteries that are included.  It has two volume settings and an off setting.

Dora kitchen- volume

The back of the kitchen is open and has slots to hold extra recipe cards so you can keep everything together.

CONCLUSION
My daughters love the Fisher-Price Dora Fiesta Favorites Kitchen.  They make me burgers and eggs with it everyday and repeat phrases they learn from it.  Also, as the adult who builds all their toys, I appreciated how quick and easy it was to put together.  The build quality might not be the same as a $300 wooden play kitchen with a real stainless steel sink, but I’m pretty sure my kids don’t care.  If your child likes Dora the Explorer and playing pretend with toy kitchens, I’m certain that they will enjoy this.

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* Review sample provided by Fisher-Price

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