35 Gifts for Kids Who Love to Cook

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This holiday season, feed a kid's interest in cooking with gifts fit for a future gastronome. Here are 35 of our favorite child-size chef's tools, kitchen play sets, and children's recipe books.

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Kitchen Expedition

Eat2Explore Subscription Box

The Eat2Explore subscription box delivers the flavors of a different country each month with packets of spices, sauces, and grain mixes right from the source. It comes with a shopping list for fresh ingredients (with options for dietary preferences) as well as activity sheets to teach kids about the country's cuisine, culture, and history.

Buy it: Eat2Explore Subscription Box, $14.99 for first box, renews at: $24.99/box; amazon.com

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Knead Between the Lines

Personalized Cookie Baking Book Apron

What kid doesn't want to see a cartoon version of themself? Customize the Baking Cookies Together Personalized Storybook with tje names and physical characteristics of a child (or two children) and a parent, grandparent, or another adult.

Buy it: Personalized Cookie Baking Book & Apron, $50; uncommongoods.com

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Tiny Tools

set of five miniature mint green kitchen utensils

Equip your young cook with their own set of kitchen tools to use, wash, and care for. This silicone utensil set will equip them for a number of kitchen tasks.

Buy it: Country Kitchen MINI Set of Five Mint Green and Gunmetal Silicone Kitchen Utensil Set, $12.99; amazon.com

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Mochi and More

Kid's Global Holiday Dessert Kit

Celebrate holiday sweets from around the world with this easy dessert kit, which comes with ingredients for Austrian linzer cookies, mochi from Japan, and gingerbread men from Croatia.

Buy it: Kid's Global Holiday Dessert Kit, $25; uncommongoods.com

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Working on It

Construction Plate Utensils
Uncommon Goods

For kids who love to cook, what presentation could be cooler than this construction-themed plate and utensils? Featuring a bulldozer pusher, forklift, and front loader spoon, this set could convince even the pickiest eaters to get to work on their plate.

Buy it: Construction Plate & Utensils, $34; amazon.com

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On a Roll

rolling pin with name embossed and rolled onto cookies

Engraved with their name, any small chef would be proud to roll cookie dough with this mini rolling pin engraved with their name.

Buy it: Personalized Kid-Size Rolling Pin, $16.90; amazon.com

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Just Like Grandma Used to Make

Carla and the Christmas Cornbread

In this brand-new children's book, Chef Carla Hall draws on her childhood to tell the story of young Carla, who believes she's sabotaged Santa's coming to her grandparents' house when she bites into a sugar cookie before realizing it was meant for him.

Buy it: Carla and the Christmas Cornbread, $15.49; amazon.com

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Smart Cookie

baking set with rolling pin, cake pans, sheet pan, whisk, spatula, cooking cutters, and apron
Williams Sonoma

Baking with this 30-piece cookie set from Williams Sonoma will help petite pastry chefs hone their skills and knowledge. It contains a whisk, a mini spatula, a mixing bowl and lid, a rolling pin, cookie cutters, a nonstick jelly roll pan, stainless-steel icing tips, disposable icing bags, a coupler, and a kid-size red Williams Sonoma cotton.

Buy it: Williams Sonoma Kids Bake and Create Cookie Set, 30 Pieces, $99.95; williams-sonoma.com

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The Slice Is Right

Osmo Pizza Co. Game

Give them a taste of the restaurant business with Pizza Co. from Osmo, a game that teaches kids about profitability, collecting payment, handling dollars and coins, and making pizza for customers through real-world math skills and critical thinking.

Buy it: Osmo Pizza Co. Game, $49.99; amazon.com

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Taken by Storm

DIY Raindrop Cake - Molecular Gastronomy Kit

From the creator of the mesmerizing raindrop cake that you've almost certainly seen on the Internet comes this DIY Raindrop Cake Molecular Gastronomy Kit. With three simple ingredients, this kit provides kids an excellent introduction to food science.

Buy it: DIY Raindrop Cake Molecular Gastronomy Kit, $36; uncommongoods.com

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Big Appetite

Dinosaur Taco Holders

Taco night will become much more frequent once these dinosaur-shaped taco holders enter the picture.

Buy it: Dinosaur Taco Holders, $20-$25; uncommongoods.com

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Looking Sharp

Opinel Le Petit Chef Box Set, 3 Piece Set

Kids can learn to peel and slice food with this rounded kitchen knife, peeler, and (best of all) finger guard from Opinel.

Buy it: Little Kitchen Helper Knife Set, $49; uncommongoods.com

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That Dough Though

bagel baking kit for kids with packets of ingredients in a box

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.

Buy it: Baketivity Kids Baking Set, $32.95; amazon.com

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Pancakes for Padawans

Williams Sonoma Star Wars Pancake Molds
Williams Sonoma

Jedi knights in training can add pancake-making skills to their repertoire with this set of character-shaped molds.

Buy it: Williams Sonoma Star Wars Pancake Molds, Set of 4, $19.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Starting From Scratch

book cover for The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs
America's Test Kitchen

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!

Buy it: The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs, $12.58; amazon.com

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Bakers Gonna Bake

Handstand Kitchen Cookies for Santa Baking Set

A budding baker will find everything they need for mixing, cutting, flipping, and decorating their sweet treats in this colorful set. And yes, it's for real kitchen use!

Buy it: Handstand Kitchen Cookies for Santa Baking Set, $28.99; target.com

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Mouse in the House

mickey mouse waffle maker with plate of waffles beside it
Williams Sonoma

This Mickey Mouse Double Flip Waffle Maker would bring out anyone's inner child. Its mini Mickey-shaped waffles are a swell size for young cooks to enjoy.

Buy it: Mickey Mouse Double Flip Waffle Maker, $79.95; williams-sonoma.com

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For Cooks of All Stripes

red striped children's apron with the monogram "Elizabeth"
Williams Sonoma

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.

Buy it: Williams Sonoma Bay Stripe Adult & Kid Aprons, $29.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Ready, Set, Grow

garden kit with packets of seeds and seed pods

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.

Buy it: DIY Garden Kit for Kids, $29.95; amazon.com

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Flour Power

cover of Super Good Baking for Kids featuring Duff Goldman
Apple Books

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.

Buy it: Super Good: Baking for Kids, $18.49; amazon.com

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Colorfully Creative

Flour Shop Rainbow Pop-Up Cake Kit
Williams Sonoma

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.

Buy it: Flour Shop Rainbow Pop-Up Cake Kit, $59.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Jar Wars

cookie jar shaped like R2D2 from Star Wars
Williams Sonoma

Keep homemade cookies out of sight from intergalactic villains (and parents with sweet tooths) in this ceramic R2D2 cookie jar.

Buy it: Disney R2D2 Cookie Jar, $69.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Easy as Pie

Pizza!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book)

This interactive, illustrated book teaches toddlers how to make pizza, from combining ingredients into dough to slicing the picture-perfect pie with a pizza cutter.

Buy it: Pizza!: An Interactive Recipe Book, $19.95; amazon.com

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Baby Steps

Two Simplay3 Toddler Tower Adjustable Kitchen Stools , one brown and one gray, side by side on a white background

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.

Buy it: Toddler Tower Adjustable Kitchen Stool, $89.99; wayfair.com

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Spellbinding Spatulas

set of three Hogwarts-inspired spatulas with wooden handles
Williams Sonoma

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. This set of three features a Hogwarts crest and two minis with the school's emblem.

Buy it: Harry Potter Hogwarts Silicone Spatulas, Set of 3, $32.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Worth the Whisk

Chrome Hand Mixer
Pottery Barn Kids

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.

Buy it: Chrome Hand Mixer, $29; potterybarn.com

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Stir the Pot

Melissa & Doug 8-Piece Stainless Steel What’s Cooking Pots and Pans Restaurant and Kitchen Play Set

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.

Buy it: Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel What Cooking Pots and Pans Restaurant and Kitchen Play Set, 8 Pieces, $19.79; walmart.com

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Out of This World

Darth Vader Kids Apron
Williams Sonoma

No, you won't have to *force* your kid to don this sleek Darth Vader apron in the kitchen.

Buy it: Star Wars™ Darth Vader & Stormtrooper Adult & Kid Aprons, $24.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Short (Order) Cook

Teamson Kids - Little Chef Florence Classic Play Kitchen - Wood Grain

Children ages three and up can get their first taste of cooking with this retro-inspired wooden kitchen from Teamson Kids.

Buy it: Teamson Kids Little Chef Florence Classic Play Kitchen, $101.95; walmart.com

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Break an Egg

MasterChef Junior Breakfast Cooking Set

Kids can better their breakfast-making skills with MasterChef Junior Breakfast Cooking Set, complete with a mixing bowl, whisk, turner, juicer, and egg cup. It also comes with three recipes to start with (each for a different level of experience) plus a blank recipe card for their own masterpiece of a meal.

Buy it: MasterChef Junior Breakfast Cooking Set, $29.99; amazon.com

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Lunch and Learn

United Tastes of America

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.

Buy it: United Tastes of America, $21.78; amazon.com

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Taste the Rainbow

Flour Shop Rainbow Explosion Cake Kit
Williams Sonoma

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.

Buy it: Flour Shop Rainbow Explosion Cake Kit, $59.95; williams-sonoma.com

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Chew-baker Approved

Star Wars spatulas featuring Chewbacca, Yoda, and the Millennium Falcon
Williams Sonoma

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.

Buy it: Star Wars Yoda, Chewbacca, Millennium Falcon Spatulas, $16.95; amazon.com

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Play It Cool

ice cream making kit
Williams Sonoma

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.

Buy it: Chef'n Sweet Spot Ice Cream Maker, $49.95, williams-sonoma.com

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For Good Measure

Secrets of the Dragons game box and booklet with game pieces

This dragon-themed game set from Osmo's Math Wizard series teaches kids the art of measuring, using food as a reference point.

Buy it: Osmo Math Wizard and the Magical Workshop for iPad & Fire Tablet, $50.99; amazon.com

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