Nearly all parents are guilty at some stage of choosing a toy for their children because it is something that they had wanted themselves when they were small….which is probably why I covet the Moulin Roty kitchen pieces, direct from France, and on display in the window of my local toy store, Tickle Your Brain Toys.
Made of solid beech, the Moulin Roty stove and sink are realistic to the last detail. The oven features metal hotplates, knobs that turn, an opening oven with a shelf and rails to hang utensils. I’m not generally a fan of standing at the kitchen sink, however the Moulin Roty sink is a treat. An enamel basin, wooden taps to turn, a dish rack and shelves for tea towels and crockery.
No kitchen is complete until it has the right accessories. The Moulin Roty range has everything a little chef might need from a stainless steel stock pot and milk churn to wooden scales and a coffee grinder. Set the perfect table with cream crockery patterned with French farmyard kitchen scenes and matching linen.
Moulin Roty also have a wooden work bench, a dressing table and stool, a play school, a miniature shop and a superb collection of wicker and wooden ride-on toys and dolls prams (see below).
I can’t mention Moulin Roty without reference to their huge range of soft toys. I suspect many of their little characters become favourites as Moulin Roty have set up a unique service for parents – ‘Find a Lost Comforter’. If your bub has a cherished Moulin Roty soft toy that is missing in action, Moulin Roty pledge to do their very best to restore sanity by finding a replacement.
Melbournians can get their Moulin Roty fix at Tickle Your Brain Toys, 48 Cotham Road, Kew, VIC, ph (03) 9855 2789.
Otherwise, Moulin Roty can be purchased online at Send a Toy or Cocoon Petit Living. Prices vary slightly between retailers, however the stove and sink are approximately $300 each, the tea set is $95, tea towels are approximately $13 each, wicker ride-ons approximately $240 and doll’s prams range from $150 to $220.