Kids BBQ sets for summer fun

Kids BBQ set

by Arabella Horspool |
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BBQ season is so close we can almost smell the sausages, so why not purchase a cute kids BBQ set for your little one? And while we all know children are warned profusely to stay away from the barbecue when mummy or daddy are grilling, their very own toy food version will keep them occupied.

A toy that can be enjoyed alone or with their friends, playing with a kids BBQ set can promote hand-eye coordination, sharing, and encourage imaginative play. Your child will love grilling and serving pretend food while learning about real-life situations and different food, just like they would with a play kitchen. Some kids BBQ sets even offer features that assist with learning about numbers and colours.

Editor's choice:

•Best large kids BBQ set: Smoby - GARDEN KITCHEN - Buy now from Amazon
•Best wooden kids BBQ set: JoJo Maman Bebe Play BBQ - Buy now from JoJo Maman Bebe
Best for interactivity: Weber Premium Barbecue Grill with Lights and Sounds -Buy now from Amazon
Best wooden kids BBQ set: Melissa And Doug Grill And Serve BBQ Set - Buy now from Amazon

We've put together a list of the very best BBQ toys for kids. Many are made out of plastic and can be used as outdoor toys and others are made from wood, plus there are even some designs which light up and make sounds to make it all the more realistic; check them out below.

The best BBQ sets for kids

Best portable set

kids BBQ set
Price: $67.50

With this BBQ toy, your tot can choose between learn, play and music to learn numbers, counting and colours, learn about foods and hear grilling suggestions, songs, melodies and fun effects. It comes with nine plastic foods and seven play accessories.

One customer wrote: "We are a little bit obsessed with LeapFrog toys (we must own nearly all of them!) and this one didn’t disappoint. It’s educational and fun to play with and our daughter loves pretending to cook bbq for us and her dolls. Not cheap plastic, very sturdy and nice looking. All the food items fit into a storage draw so it keeps the toy tidy. Overall brilliant!"

Pros

  • Wheels for easy manoeuvrability
  • Batteries are included

Cons

  • Could be more durable
Size:‎47 x 19.1 x 40.6 cm
Suitable for:‎24 months - 5 years

Best for a budget

JOYIN 24 PCS Little Chef Barbecue BBQ
Price: $35.99

A great value set, this kids BBQ set comes with plenty of accessories so that your child can get stuck in, just like mummy and daddy. With the Battery-operated charcoal, just point the lighter to the red dot in the middle to show the realistic light and sound effects.

One customer wrote: "My daughter loves this! The coals do work with lights and sounds if you follow the instructions it shows you "light" it with the fire lighter stick (red plastic shaped fire lighter touches the red single light). Other reviews nearly put me off and I'm glad I went ahead. It has great accessories and it's easy to put together."

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Non-toxic material

Cons

  • Not as many accessories as other options
Size:‎38.89 x 32.99 x 17.81 cm

Best quality BBQ set

kids BBQ set

Rrp: $139.99

Price: $71.67

If you've got the space, this is the toy for you. There is over 40 brilliant accessories and so many brilliant features they can use, including a grill with retractable flames, a water pump in the sink and a place to grow herbs.

One customer wrote: "This was purchased for my grandson’s 3 birthday. The Smoby Outdoor Kitchen was the perfect summer gift. My grandson enjoyed serving up meals to the whole family. In the past I have tended to buy Little Tikes goods and I think the quality of this product is slightly inferior and I can’t see it lasting as long. However there’s no denying it’s enjoyability. It took 2 people over an hour to build and would therefore recommend giving yourself plenty of time. All in all a successful birthday gift."

Pros

  • Adjustable height
  • Removable skirting boards

Cons

  • Assembly can take some time
Size:‎58.01 x 18.01 x 68.2 cm
Suitable for:3 years and up

Best wooden kids BBQ set

We love wooden toys and although this barbecue set isn't suitable for outdoor play, it'll look great inside your home. It comes with plenty of accessories including skewers and ingredients to thread onto them, cutlery, tongs and even ketchup and mustard bottles, how cute!

One customer wrote: "I bought as a gift and was extremely well received by the 3 year old recipient who got straight to work playing with it. Good quality, great role play item! It was slightly on the pricey side, but in all honesty, there was a lot in the box and I think it’ll be hours of fun!"

Pros

  • Encourages hand-eye coordination
  • Child-safe paint

Cons

  • Small parts could be a chocking hazard
Size:L26 x W22 x H12cm
Suitable from:3 years

Best for gifting

With wheels to easily move it around your home, the BBQ toy from Little Tikes has an easy open lid and 12 accessories so they can serve up burgers and hot dogs with sauce for all the family.

One customer wrote:**** "Bought for two two-year-olds when at grannies, (1 boy and 1 girl) and both have been and are enjoying playing with it, making burgers and hot dogs. It is a good height for them to use and it's easy for them to move. It was simple to put together as it all just clicks in place only took couple minutes."

Pros

  • Easy to assemble
  • Wipe clean

Cons

  • Plastic, so not good for the environment
Size:H60.46, W49.53, D37.85cm
Suitable for:18 months and over

Best for interactivity

Your child really can be a mini-me with their very own Weber BBQ which looks just like the real thing. It features a realistic design with lights and sounds like the glowing coals and sizzling sound effects help bring the BBQ games to life. It comes with six play food accessories, including an onion, tomato, pepper, shrimp and a T-bone steak.

One customer wrote: "This was a gift for a 3 year old girl. I sent the gift directly to them so I didn’t actually see it. They received it much earlier than the estimate, so it arrived well before her birthday. The little girl was really happy to open it and super impressed with the fire effects and likeness to the grownups BBQ."

Pros

  • Each accessory is perfect size for small hands
  • Makes noises and lights up

Cons

  • Batteries aren't included
Size:<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: initial;">40 cm x 32 cm x 53 cm</span>
Suitable for:3 years and up

Best wooden kids BBQ set

Melissa u0026amp; Doug Grill u0026amp; Serve BBQ Set
Price: $37.72
Alternative retailers
Walmart$41.27View offer

Although the grill may only be made from cardboard, there's still plenty of fun to be had with the kids BBQ set with a whopping 20 pieces including grilling favorites like hotdog, hamburger, chicken, steak, ribs, veggie burger and more.

One customer wrote: "My children all love this product. It's a great for imaginative okay, they have several other food sets from Melissa and Doug and they combine them to create a food market. They are 5,6 and 9 and really enjoy playing together with this toy."

What to look for when purchasing a kids BBQ set?

Size - When looking for a toy like this, you want to make sure that your little one will be tall enough to reach it, so that they can utilise all of the features.

Material - Would you prefer a wooden or plastic option? Plastic is lighter and easier to clean (and often cheaper), but wood is better for the environment and will last for longer.

Accessories - Many sets come with lots of added extras for them to play with, but you could add a kitchen set to enhance the fun. If you've already got lots of cooking-related toys at home, it may be worth going for just a BBQ and then they can pretend to cook their play-food on it.

Effects - To make the experience more realistic, why not go for a product which has light up features and lifelike noises such as grilling and frying? It may keep them occupied for longer.

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.

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