When to get your kid a play kitchen? Get it for yourself is my answer!
It was a Christmas present from her Grandparents and since J doesn't really understand Christmas yet she got it a little early. She isn't really into imaginative play yet, and I think she thinks we are all lunatics when we pretend to eat imaginary food except what is WONDERFUL about it is that I feel like it's something I can play with her because I do know how to use my imagination.
I just don't enjoy pulling blocks out of a box again and again and again. It's not that interesting to me. But pulling plastic fruit out of a bowl and putting it into another bowl- at least I can talk about how we are making a fruit salad and name each piece of the fruit or count them and then stir them up while she begins to transfer them back. When she opens the doors and takes things in and out- I can again name what she is doing as though she were doing it in a real kitchen.
The play kitchen is almost as much fun for us as it is for her I think.