*The product for this review was provided by Little Tikes. All opinions are my own.
Kids love to do the same things as mom and dad. Some of my favorite parenting moments have been when my child suddenly wants to do something just the way I do it. Unless it’s something I don’t necessarily want my child to copy and then it’s a big ‘ol parenting oops! One of the ways my son loves to model behavior after my husband is when my husband is working the grill. We have one of those classic black Weber grills that make delicious food, but they are especially dangerous for children to play around since they are very hot to the touch and have the potential to tip over. So while my son loves to help daddy, it’s sometimes better if he stays away from the hot grill until he’s a bit older.
Little Tikes has come up with a way for eager youngsters to enjoy using the grill in a safe way. The Little Tikes Sizzle ‘n Serve Grill is just the right size for those creative little people to do some pretend grilling.
The Sizzle ‘n Serve Grill came packaged with an instruction booklet, but this toy was so easy and quick to assemble that I didn’t even need to look at it. It took me about 2-3 minutes so lock the three legs into place and then do the same with the three pieces that made up the top portion of the grill.
The black knob makes a clicking sound when turned and the orange lid opens far enough that it can stay open all on it’s own. The black wheels at the base do actually turn so my son could wheel it around to position it where he wanted it. The whole grill weighs less than five pounds so it is very lightweight and easy to move.
One thing about it being so lightweight that was challenging is that it is easily pulled over by our little crawler in the house. This frustrated big brother so we moved it to a location where she was less likely to get to it. Cute, sneaky baby.
A suggestion for future models of this toy that I would personally like to see is making the food more “grippy.” Both the grill itself and the food are made out of slick plastic so it would be cool for the food to stick a bit more to the grill’s surface. My son found the food to be a bit slippery when he tried to assemble a hamburger or flip a burger on the grill.
As a parent I really enjoy toys that allow my kids to use their imaginations and mirror the skills they see adults around them using. This toy is already allowing my son to have some fun as well as being a great teaching tool for how to prepare and serve food. I’m sure my son will be grilling up burgers for the rest of the summer as well as in the winter months.