BEST KIDS KITCHEN TOOLS


Those are my daughter Virginia’s miniature pink cooking tools you see. They had been scattered in various drawers of our kitchen for a number of years, until several months ago when she took it upon herself to gather them all up, arrange them in this little jelly jar and set them on the counter next to my spoons and spatulas. They’ve been there ever since. Whenever we cook together, Virginia always reaches for one of her tiny tools.

Getting kids engaged in cooking is one of the surest ways I know to get them interested in eating. And though I’ve never been a big gadget girl (I don’t own a panini press, rice cooker, pressure cooker, crock pot, or even a popcorn popper), I’ve come to see the merit in stocking your kitchen with child-friendly gear. Kids do love gear.

The good news is, most of what stands out as having great kid appeal are just ordinary kitchen tools. There is little need to go out and buy up a bunch of fancy goods. It’s more about taking a look at what you already have and considering what might be interesting for the kids. Flea markets and garage sales are great sources for freshening up your cooking tool kit without a lot of expense.

Having kid-friendly tools on hand not only gets them excited to cook, but can also foster independence. Hand them an apple cutter, and they can pretty safely turn a whole apple into tidy slices; give them a pair of kitchen shears and they can snip basil for pasta. It allows them to build some confidence and feel at home in the kitchen.

I polled my crew of cooks and together we came up with our Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets. Here goes:

  1. Pastry brush :: For brushing tomato sauce on pizza or olive oil on bread; it’s like painting with food
  2. Apple cutter :: Swiftly cuts apples and pears into even slices
  3. Rolling pin :: Rolling out pastry is like working with Playdoh, only you get to eat the results
  4. Melon baller :: These are pretty fun; even grown-ups can get carried away with them
  5. Kitchen shears :: A pair of scissors specially designated for cooking
  6. Strawberry stemmer :: Maybe because they love berries so much, but this little gizmo gets heavy use this time of year
  7. Miniature kitchen tools :: Wooden spoons, whisks and rubber spatulas made for little hands
  8. Pint-sized aprons :: Minimizes mess on clothes while making kids feel like they’re one of the crew
  9. Kitchen scale :: Does double duty by helping with math skills
  10. Sifter :: They love to watch flour and leavening makes it way through an old-fashioned sifter

What’s popular in your household?

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  1. Pamela
    05.06.2011 at 3:05 PM #

    What a sweet photo of Virginia’s cooking utensils next to her mom’s. Lucky girls to cook with their mom!

  2. nutritioulicious
    05.06.2011 at 6:36 PM #

    Love the jar of your daughter’s kitchen tools! For younger kids also fun to get them plastic cutting boards with their favorite cartoons!

  3. 05.06.2011 at 8:22 PM #

    Sofia and I cook every Tuesday night. Her favorite kitchen gadget it our food processor. Once she realized it cuts her chopping time to seconds, she is always asking for the food processor. Use caution with the sharp blades.

    My daugther Aria who is not “into” cooking yet is a fan of our industrial strenght blender. She loves to whip up smoothies and next to me is the expert smoothie maker in our house.

  4. 05.07.2011 at 2:17 PM #

    Katie, I like how you put them all in a jar. Somehow my son is more willing to help when he grabs his spatula or whip. One tool we share is the cheese slicer. I feel much more comfortable with him using this rather than a knife.

  5. 05.08.2011 at 1:04 AM #

    Lovely ideas! When my daughter is old enough I will definitely get her some cooking gadgets…looking forward to it! Great post!

  6. 06.12.2011 at 7:37 AM #

    I love what you guys are up to at http://momskitchenhandbook.com/2011/05/06/kid-friendly-kitchen-gear-gets-them-cooking. This type of clever work and exposure! I wish I could do something similar. Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve included you guys to my personal blogroll.

    • katiemorford
      06.13.2011 at 1:11 PM #

      Thanks for your kind words

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