25 Gifts for Kids Who Love to Cook
This holiday season, feed a kid's interest in cooking with gifts fit for a future gastronome. Here are our favorite child-size chef's tools, kitchen play sets, and children's recipe books for 2020.
These are the spatulas you're looking for, made with heat-resistant, BPA-free silicone and beech wood. Choose between a set of two mini spatulas featuring Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon, a medium-sized Yoda spatula, and a set of all three for $33.
For Cooks of All Stripes
Williams Sonoma's striped cotton apron comes in 14 colors and in both child and adult sizes. After all, no cook's above splattering food on their clothes.
Mouse in the House
Le Creuset's Mickey Mouse ramekins would bring out anyone's inner child. But they're a swell size for young cooks to bake in or serve meals out of.
Starting From Scratch
Boost their confidence in the kitchen with The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs from America's Test Kitchen. It includes more than 100 totally doable recipes for foods they're used to seeing on grocery store shelves, from ketchup and butter to cheese crackers and cookies. Even sprinkles!
Bakers Gonna Bake
A budding baker will find everything they need for mixing, cutting, flipping, and decorating their sweet treats in this colorful set.
That Dough Though
Getting a recipe’s measurements just right may be the trickiest part of baking. Baketivity kits (like this Bagel Baking Kit) package up pre-measured ingredients so that home cooks young and old can ace their baking projects, from bagels to gluten-free granola bars.
Play It Cool
Kids can make their own ice cream or frozen yogurt in minutes with the Sweet Spot. It's as simple as freezing the dish in advance, pouring in a beverage base, stirring, and adding their favorite toppings.
Ready, Set, Grow
With this kit, kids plant seeds in a grow tray with seed-growing pellets and watch their very own veggies, herbs, and flowers sprout up from the soil.
Knead Between the Lines
You know pastry chef Duff Goldman from "Ace of Cakes," and your little chef may know him, too, from "Kids Baking Championship." In his new cookbook, Super Good: Baking for Kids, he shares fun, kid-friendly recipes with the lowdown on baking tools and ingredients.
Williams Sonoma's partnership with the colorfully creative bakery Flour Shop has produced this brilliant push-pop cake kit. It has everything you need to make a dozen of these multicolor masterpieces.
Keep homemade cookies out of sight from intergalactic villains (and parents with sweet tooths) in this ceramic R2D2 cookie jar.
Easy as Pie
Kids can make their perfect pizza from the dough up with this set of tools from MasterChef Junior. It includes three recipes to start with (each for a different level of experience) plus a blank recipe card for their own masterpiece of a pie.
Equip your young cook with their own set of utensils to use, wash, and care for. They'll appreciate having their own set of tools, the way any master chef has their own knives.
This interactive, illustrated book teaches toddlers how to bake cookies, from sifting the flour to pulling a picture-perfect batch out of the oven.
This safe, sturdy Toddler Tower gives tots the boost they need to be able to lend a hand (or just observe!) in the kitchen. Plus, it's made of lightweight plastic, so you can easily scoot it under a counter space when not in use.
For Good Measure
This dragon-themed game set from Osmo’s Math Wizard series teaches kids the art of measuring, using food as a reference point.
Kids can learn to peel and slice food with this rounded kitchen knife, peeler, and (best of all) finger guard from Opinel.
Witches and wizards will be glad to trade their wands for these Hogwarts spatulas, at least while they're cooking. As if by magic, BPA-free silicone heads resist heat and damage. Buy a medium-sized spatula with the Hogwarts crest, two minis with the school's emblem, or all three.
Worth the Whisk
Kids can pretend to whip up the mess-free mixtures of their choice thanks to this Chrome Hand Mixer, complete with working beaters and buttons.
Pancakes for Padawans
Jedi knights in training can add pancake-making skills to their repertoire with this set of character-shaped molds.
Stir the Pot
Melissa & Doug's stainless steel set of pretend pots and pans will introduce little ones to the art of cooking and cleaning up after, thanks to a matching storage rack.
Out of This World
No, you won't have to *force* your kid to don this sleek Darth Vader apron in the kitchen.
Short (Order) Cook
Children ages three and up can get their first taste of cooking with this retro-inspired wooden kitchen from Teamson Kids.
Lunch and Learn
This colorful atlas and cookbook introduces kids to dishes from all 50 states, the nation's capital, and three territories. With 54 recipes and full-color photographs, it's a feast for the eyes and belly.
Taste the Rainbow
With a little help from an adult, kids can bake the the six-layered, candy-filled Rainbow Explosion Cake from Amirah Kassem's Soho-based Flour Shop bakery.