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 cooking sets for kids!
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 do love using regularly that I wanted to share. These are my favorite cooking tools for kids and toddlers that make cooking and baking together easier. They also make for fun gifts for kids who are into food!
Favorite Cooking Sets for Kids
We’ve had a few cooking sets for kids 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 it’s customized.
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- Zig Zag Crinkle Cutter
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.
- Dough Whisk
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!
- Green Toys Tea Set
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.
- 101 Cookie Cutters
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!
- Kitchen Helper Stool
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.
- Raddish Kids Subscription Box
Make cooking and baking with the kids much easier with this monthly subscription box that takes all of the guesswork out of planning the activity! (Use the code YUMMY for 50% off your first month of a 6 month subscription.)
- Tovla Kids Knives
These little knives are kid safe and easy to use, and are a great introduction to the art of slicing and dicing. (Obviously this still needs to be used with supervision!)
- Small Whisk
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.
- PopKids Baking Set
With smaller versions of adult tools, this set has 19 pieces including a baking pan, rolling pin, spatula, baking brush, and more. And it comes with recipes to try!
- Colorful Mixing Bowls Set
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.
P.S! I also love…
Bean Sprouts Kitchen
This new cookbook, from the healthy kid food chain you might have seen in your local museum, is so fun. It’s definitely a kitchen activity that keeps healthy food front and center, but allows the kids to play with their food too.