10 Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tools That Will Get Your Child Excited About Cooking
Cooking with kids can be a blast, but occasionally frustrating for them when it comes to using certain kitchen tools. Many of them are made for bigger, and sometimes more coordinated, hands. The good news is there are many kitchen tools geared towards the smaller set, you just need to know where to find them. Here are 10 of our favorites to help kids have something of their own and gain confidence in the kitchen.
Joseph Joseph Multicolored Nesting Bowls Set
Kids love colorful things, so their mixing bowls should follow suit. We love these ones for many reasons. They come in a variety of different sizes, have handles for easy lifting, and a spout on one of the bowls to make it easier if your children need to pour liquid ingredients into dry. It also comes with easy-to-hold measuring cups and cleanup is super simple — once the bowls are washed, they stack up just like those nesting cups your kids played with as a toddler and can be put away easily.
Learning knife skills is key for any home cook, but kids often don't have the fully developed fine motor skills quite yet for handling dangerous cutlery. Instead, teach them technique with nylon knives. These knives are shaped like your traditional knives, so kids can learn how to properly hold the knife and cut with it, but the nylon material is much safer. These knives are perfect for cutting things like fruits, softer vegetables like zucchini or peppers, and some breads or cheeses.
Smaller kitchen tools can be better for control in smaller hands, and who doesn't love tiny, adorable things? These colorful mini spatulas are great for spreading frosting and they even come with scooped spatulas for sampling sauces or stirring soups. Mini whisks are also a good tool for whipping up scrambled eggs or making dressings.
This wooden tower can help give your kids confidence that they aren't going to fall when standing at the countertop. Once they have the stability, it's easier for them to focus on learning cooking skills. Each tower has four heights and holds up to 250 pounds, so it can grow with your child.
Kids Oven Mitts
When your kids are ready to start putting their own dishes in the oven or draining pasta, it's important to make sure they have oven mitts that fit well. Adult ones tend to be very large and don't let children get a good grip which can cause issues. These Curious Chef gloves are perfect for kids' hands ages 4+.
Long Handled Wooden Spoons
When it comes to cooking in big pots on the stove it's helpful for children to have long handled spoons to keep their hands far away from the heat. This is great for making soups, chills, and pastas.
Plastic Measuring Cups
Measuring is a huge skill for kids to learn in the kitchen and it's a great way to apply classroom math. For measuring tools, we like plastic (because if it drops it's no big deal) and we like that these also mark the half way point if you need to cut your measurement in half. They store easily, and kids will be drawn to the colorful measurement circles that easily display the size of the cups or spoons.
Most kids love pizza and instead of throwing in a frozen pie, teach them how to make their own. We like this kit because it takes everything you would need to bake a quality home pizza — a rolling mat, rolling pin, pizza stone, and pizza cutter — and shrinks them down to kid-sized. The rolling pin and pizza cutter are perfect for tinier hands and the pizza stone is a little smaller to produce the perfect pint-sized pizza.
Small Silicone Bowls
Once your children are old enough to follow a recipe, you'll want to start practicing mise en place with them, the French phrase for "everything in its place" and the way that most professional chefs set up for a night of cooking. These primary colored mini bowls make it easy for them to set up everything they need from herbs to chopped veggies, so they are organized when it's time to get cooking.
Little kids can't always comprehend the "hold the bowl with one hand, stir with the other" mantra, so this tool comes in handy. It's meant to stabilize the bowl from wobbling around while they stir. It's also helpful when teaching kids how to use a hand mixer, as it holds the bowl steady.