If you’re still struggling to find the perfect gift for your little one, look no further than Step2’s play sets. These imagination-filled set are perfect for little girls and little boys! Step2’s play sets stimulate young minds, encourage fun and active play, and also have the durability to last for years. How many people do you know that still have a play kitchen set that’s several years old? They last a lifetime!
This fall, Step2 kicked-off the national “Big Imaginations are Cooking” contest that aimed to showcase how certain toys can spark a child’s creative imagination. Children 10 and younger could enter and 10 finalists have been selected. Each finalist received a Step2 play kitchen of their choice and they now have a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize. This is where you come in!
Vote to Donate!
Each finalist was given a Step2 kitchen and video camera and was asked to create a video with their kids playing with the kitchen in an unstructured and/or creative way. It is now up to you and I to vote for our favorite video! Just visit the contest page to vote for your favorite video between through January 8, 2012. And… to encourage fans to vote, Step2 has partnered with Saving tiny Hearts Society, a non-profit organization that raises research money for congenital heart defects, and will donate $1 for every vote received.
In addition to the contest, Step2 has a number of new toys out this holiday shopping season that offer a variety of play experiences, innovative product designs and new twists on classic play patterns to last for years to come. Available online at Step2.com and exclusive retailers nationwide, new holiday toys from Step2 include:
Cozy Kitchen: Your little chef will cook in style with this realistic compact kitchen with electronic stove top. The modern colors and styling features “granite counter tops,” oven, refrigerator and sink with movable faucet. This kitchen also includes lots of valuable storage space for playtime accessories, multiple storage cabinets with authentic handle hardware and special frying pan and boiling pot with lid, which activate electronic frying and boiling water sounds in the stove’s front burner. Ages 2+. MSRP $59.99.
Lifestyle Legacy Kitchen: A modern and fresh play kitchen with that fits perfectly in your playroom or kitchen. Sized for two kids, with realistic features like a multi-level counter tops, a fridge with water dispenser, microwave, oven with electronic burners and electronic stove, and working phone. The kitchen comes with full accessory set, reusable shopping tote and lots of built in storage, for easy clean-up. Ages 2+. MSRP $129.99.
Prepare & Share Kitchen: This kitchen and counter in one has charming girl touches and allows for several kids to prepare and serve. Realistic features include an electronic stove top that sizzles, an oven, fridge and pass through serving window, phone, swivel faucet and full accessory set. In addition to the pink burst of color and subway tile decals, the fridge is shown dispensing pink lemonade and the spice jars are all things sweet. Ages 2+. MSRP $89.99.
Simmer & Serve: A pink twist on a family favorite, this realistic kitchen comes complete with a stove top burner, phone, multiple storage drawers and cabinets, a sink with faucet and 17-piece accessory set. A special pan and pot includes frying and boiling water sounds for hours of entertainment. MSRP $79.99.
Build and Store Activity Table: A block and activity table with clear storage bins for Legos / Mega Blocks, supplies, books, etc. Includes storage trays and cups for crayons, blocks, paint, markers, etc. The size makes it perfect for two kids, or just one. It’s made to last and easy to clean with a fresh design that looks great in your home and includes an adorable stool. Ages 3+. MSRP $99.99.
Home Depot Big Builders Workshop: Deluxe project center for pretend projects and real crafts. Authentic “particle board” work surface with working vice, storage containers, hard building surface, drill, and screw storage pockets. Comes with 2 large storage cabinets and shop refrigerator. Electronics include drill and overhead light, batteries not included. Offers realistic project Durafoam “wood” building set. 50 piece accessory set included. MSRP $119.99.
Art Easel Desk: Unique desk and easel accommodates multiple artists! This educational toy has workspace for creative projects. The dry erase board includes a clip to hang paper and other projects. Plenty of storage to hold art supplies. Very stable base that ensures stability. Ages 2+. MSRP $54.99.
My Own Laundry Set: This portable playset, perfectly sized for a preschooler, gives the real-life laundry experience with realistic washing sounds, lights and clicking knobs. The washer door opens to store the adorable accessories, including iron, spray bottle, hangers and dryer sheets inside. Batteries are included. Ages 2+. MSRP $27.99.