Whether or not your toddler eats everything you make, it’s likely that they still like to be in the kitchen where all of the action is. These are my favorite kitchen tools for toddlers and kids cooking sets, which make great gifts for anytime of the year!
Favorite Cooking Tools for Toddlers
I love cooking with little kids and while you don’t always need a ton of special tools to make it successful, there are a few things that I we use really regularly that make things much easier. These are my cooking tools for kids and toddlers make cooking and baking together easier. They also make for fun gifts for kids who are into food—or who you want to get into food!
Best Cooking Sets for Kids
We’ve had a few cooking sets over the years and while there aren’t many that I’d recommend since they tend to not be all that durable, there are a few below on my list. I also highly recommend putting together your own cooking sets for kids based on their (and your!) interest so you get exactly what you want.
Kitchen Tools for Kids
In no particular order, here are my favorite products for cooking with toddlers and little kids.
This is one of the best tools to get little ones involved in the kitchen since it’s easy to hold and easy to use. We like to use it for slicing bananas, pears, kiwi, bell peppers, and other soft produce. Paired with a little cutting board, it makes a really great toddler gift. $19.99, good for kids 2 and up
Strong and sturdy (and pretty unbreakable), this is what we use when we’re stirring muffin batter, bread dough, or really anything that needs to be mixed in a big bowl. Love it! $15.99, good for kids 18 months and up
I can’t remember when we got this, but it seems like it’s always been in our house. We use it both for playing tea party and also for actual use, especially when we have little friends over. It’s colorful, unbreakable, and eco-friendly. $18.78, good for kids 2 or 3 and up
Whether for making cookies, crackers or just playing with play dough, this set of cookie cutters covers all the bases. They are also just fun to play with to identify the different shapes! $16.45, good for kids 18 months and up
This is the learning tower stool that we’ve been using with T for the past year and we use it multiple times a day. It’s safe, not too big (and we have a galley kitchen!) and wipes clean. And it keeps her safe when she’s up at counter height helping me to cook or just staying close while I cook. $169, good for kids 16 months and up
These little knives are kid safe and easy to use—and they look like dogs! They are a great introduction to the art of slicing and dicing. We use them regularly with both my toddler and 7 year old and the scissors are perfect for them to use to cut up their own noodles. (Obviously this still needs to be used with supervision!) $29.95 for the set (though you can buy just the knives for less), good for kids 2.5/3 and up.
Perfectly sized for small hands, a little whisk can be a fun tool for the kids to use to help blend hot chocolate, beat eggs, or help mix a batter. Spatulas and tongs are great for stirring and transferring food. And this set comes in a range of colors so you can pick your kiddo’s favorite! $13.49, good for kids 18 months and up.
This has everything they need to practice making one of their favorite meals! It comes with a sauce ladle, wood pizza board, personal pizza pan, and a plastic pizza cutter—plus recipe cards and a blank one for the kids to write out their own recipe. $29.99, good for kids 3 and up
I love this giant set of big bowls, a colander, and measuring cups and spoons. It’s a great set to get you started and to last for years as your kiddo grows and is more able to help with more steps in the kitchen. $19.99, good for kids 2 and up
This brand makes awesome knives for older kids (so check those out if you have a kiddo aged 6 or 7 and up!), but this veggie peeler can be used by toddlers too. The design makes it easy to hold and use and it’s so durable that it will last for years. $17, good for kids age 2 and up