The above picture explains why we, despite having a kidlet, don't get advertisements for the Bart Smit or any other toy store: kidlet's favorite toys at the moment are some cooking cast-offs (wooden spoons, an enameled bowl) I picked up at our local kingloopwinkel, a bunch of pom-poms (sauteing them is the challenge of the week), a tiny enameled pot, and a scrap sheet of fabric. He seems to be indifferent to the balloon, but I'll take that as an improvement over being afraid of it, as he used to be.
It's also why I've been on the fence for more than 2 weeks about getting a play kitchen for kidlet. Never mind the space constraints--they'll always be a problem for us. It's the fact that he's so happy "cooking" with mommy with his own cooking gear (supplemented by a whisk or a potato stamper) already--the cardboard box that we keep the things in doubles as his "stove", and if he's sitting next to the kitchen I'll sometimes give him real food to play with. I'm not sure if getting him a play kitchen is fulfilling my own desires (never had one as a child), or enhancing his life.