Top 12 Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tools
Clever, safe, and colorful gadgets that'll get your children excited about cooking and helping out with meal prep
Many little hands make light work. Or so say busy parents, for whom getting dinner on the table before midnight is almost always a family affair.
Check out a dozen kitchen staples that enable even the smallest chef to participate in meal prep (or at least keep busy while you slice and stir)—making your life easier and getting kids more interested in food. You never know, it might be just the ticket to getting your picky eater to finally dig in.
Cricket Azima is founder and Big Cheese of The Creative Kitchen and author of the kids' cookbook Everybody Eats Lunch
Kids can flatten dough with more ease, less frustration, and quicker clean up with a miniature non-stick, silicone rolling pin. The Junior Silpin is a necessity for families that enjoy making homemade pizza and sugar cookies in fun shapes.
Available in pink, light blue, red, and yellow, $10.95; bakedeco.com
The Giraffe Neck long-stemmed measuring spoons are easy for small hands to grasp, durable, and dishwasher-friendly, $7.99 for a set of five; kidscookingshop.com
With spouts for splatter control, these adorable nesters are fun to pour. Zak Designs' Assorted Brights Measuring Cups, $9 for a set of four; amazon.com
Tired of fixing meals with babe in arms? Clamp this lightweight, washable, seat onto your kitchen table or breakfast bar, strap in the little one, and hand over a few Tupperware tubs. Your baby will be entertained, and you'll have your hands free. Phil & Ted's Metoo High Chair, $50; shopphilandteds.com
Rubberized bottoms keep these space-saving nesting bowls from slipping off the counter while little Bobby whips up the Sunday morning pancake batter. And loop-style handles, and spouts help him pour perfect silver dollars. 3 Piece Handled Bowl Set, $10; collectionsetc.com
For children interested in cooking, miniature cooking utensils are a must for whisking, flipping, scraping, and mixing. This basic set includes a wooden spoon, rubber spatula, stainless steel whisk, spatula, and metal cup to corral it all. Kid's Utensil Set, $8; growingcooks.com
Whether shredding cheese or carrots, a cool-shaped grater makes the task fun. The handle shaped like an alligator's head is easy to grip, and keeps little digits at a nick-free distance from the stainless steel cutting blades. Bonus: the green "jaws" fold down around the blade for safe storage. Cutting Utensils Alli-Grator, $15; kidscookingshop.com
Kids get a kick out of playful peelers. Just be sure to supervise, colorful and animal-shaped peelers look cute but their blades are still sharp enough to effortlessly slice the skin off of hard vegetables. Animal House Monkey Peeler, $8.14; target.com
Staub's Mini Round Cocottes are the perfect size for re-heating kid-sized portions in the oven. Not every meal is microwaveable! And the adorable shape and bright colors appeal to young eaters. $50 each; cookware.com
Pro chefs cut ingredients down to size with scissors, so why shouldn't kids do it too? These small, 6-inch ladybug snips are great for turning stale bread slices into crouton cubes, lobbing off broccoli florets, and shredding fresh-picked herbs. And, of course, they also cut paper. Kid's Animal Scissors, $7; containerstore.com
Use disposable plastic knives for chefs as young as 2½ years. For older children, a plastic lettuce knife is just sharp enough to cut most ingredients, but it's safer than a conventional steel blade knife. And, of course, it comes in handy for cutting iceberg too. Supervision recommended. OXO Lettuce Knife, $3.49; bedbathandbeyond.com
Keep the kitchen clean, while making foods typically deemed "messy" by using an immersion blender. Make smoothies, puree soups, blend dips, and more. Children have fun pressing the button and watching the textures and colors change. KitchenAid Immersion Blender, $49.99; target.com