Giving a child a gift that they can use or experience in the kitchen can lead to creativity, competence, and memorable family time for years to come. These thirty-four cooking gifts for kids are as fun as they are useful.
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Here are my top picks when it comes to practical and fun-filled cooking related gift ideas for children.
1. Pretend play cooking set
From the time a child can run around, they can pretend to cook alongside you with their own pots and pans.
I love that this Chef Set is made from recycled milk jugs! You can order it on Amazon here.
2. Play kitchen
This Hape play kitchen can entertain little ones right beside you, when you’re cooking for yourself.Get it on Amazon here.
Kids love to role play and this wood-based stylish design will allow for hours of kitchen creativity.
3. Kid sized apron
4. Food face plates
5. Popsicle molds
Making popsicles is a great way to get kids excited about being in the kitchen! There are endless ingredient combinations that they can fill popsicle molds with for a refreshing snack. Save money, reduce packaging waste, and make a healthier treat! Here’s a good set of molds you can pick up on Amazon.
6. Pancake and fried egg molds
Not only do pancake and fried egg molds bring fun shapes to homemade food, they also help contain ingredients while kids learn control, and how to judge when foods are ready to flip. This cute set of molds is available for purchase on Amazon here.
Eggs are a great option for a healthy breakfast for kids and teens.
7. Poached egg cups
Learning how to poach an egg is no easy task — it still intimidates me! However, these poaching cups make life easy and allow for topping dishes far and wide with a “incredible-edible” egg. This fun cooking gift for kids can help them start early with one of the toughest ways to prepare eggs. Buy this set here.
8. Small spatula set
Small spatulas are incredibly useful for any home chef — do you ever struggle to get the last bit of the tomato paste out of a jar? This mini set is one of my favorite cooking gifts for kids, because they are more manageable for little hands.You can get one on Amazon.
9. Coconut shell bowls
10. Chef’s tool set
11. Garlic peeler (silicone)
Give the task of peeling garlic to your kids! They love to roll the skins right off with these silicone peelers, and it teaches them to find the proper level of pressure to apply. Here’s a link to buy them.
12. Adjustable measuring cup
This is a great all in one measuring cup, available on Amazon here, that can be used for dry, solid, liquid, and sticky ingredients. It eliminates the need to use multiple cups and teaches kids how to set the proper measurement.
A spreader is often associated with smoothing the frosting on a cake, but it can also be a good tool when practicing how to spread butter, nut butter, or fruit spread. This Curious Chef kids’ version, available on Amazon, will gets lots of use in your kitchen!
14. Small cutting board
My husband is always trying to “tidy” (or get rid of) our smallest cutting board, because larger boards are more multi purposeful. But, my kids have always begged him to keep it — it is the board that they gravitate to for small jobs and the snacks they love to make. Thiskids’ size cutting board (available from Amazon) is perfect for little hands.
15. Citrus squeezer
Squeezing lemons and limes is a favorite task in our home. The boys find it very “satisfying” once they developed enough strength to get the job done. We love how this citrus squeezer, available here, has a spot for either lemons or limes!
16. Apple corer and slicer
Yes, a small chef’s knife can complete this job no problem. But, with this handy apple core slicer tool, my kids will gladly and independently fix their own snack!Get yours here.
17. Strawberry huller
I’m not one to fill my drawers with specialty kitchen gadgets when common tools can accomplish the same task, but I make a few exceptions. A strawberry huller, like this one, makes prepping this tasty fruit so much fun for kids and helps develop fine motor skills and finger strength.
Veggie noodles are both nutritious and fun to make with this easy to use spiralizer! Get it here. Kids love to watch the transformation, and are more apt to take a bite of the end product when they are involved in the process.
20. Leafy green and herb stripper
Leafy greens and fresh herbs are some of the most nutrient dense foods you and your kids can add to your diet, but preparing them can be a nuisance! This stripping tool will make removing the leaves a breeze and a gadget your kids will love to use.Here’s where you can get one.
21. Cookie cutters
Cooking cutters make great cooking gifts for kids. Shape omelets, pancakes, fruit, deli meat, and so much more with a set of fun cookie cutters. They don’t just have to be for making cookies! Encourage your kids to be creative. I’m partial to this set from Amazon..
This chopping tool was one of the first gifts my kids each received for the kitchen. They still live in our drawer and get used for many tasks. It’s a safe introduction to chopping without the fear of a straight edge knife blade.Get yours here.
23. Vegetable prep tools
This Curious Chef kids’ vegetable tool set is designed for little ones to learn how to prepare their veggies. I love that it comes with a scrub brush and easy to use peeler.You can find it here on Amazon.
24. Kids knife set
Who knew plastic knives could be so effective? Even though my boys are capable of using real knives now, this set of three kids safe knives still get pulled from our tool drawer for frequent use. Get them here.
25. Grapefruit tool
Having the right tool can make the job easier — sectioning a grapefruit is a perfect example. Once your kids have developed fine motor control and respect for sharp edges, a tool like this squirtless grapefruit knife can bring a new appreciation to this tart and juicy fruit. You can get one here on Amazon.
26. Cut resistant gloves
We have a pair of cut resistant gloves in our kitchen, and I love the reassurance they give me when teaching my kids to use dangerous tools, such as sharp knives, or a mandolin. Even when my kids are wearing them I require full safety steps, but avoiding a lost finger from an accidental slip sounds good to me. Here’s a sturdy set from Amazon.
27. Forest Feast for Kids cookbook
This beautifully created Forest Feast for Kids cookbook draws kids in with its visually captivating pages. It keeps recipes simple and manageable so kids feel capable of making the dishes themselves. Highly recommend! Pick up your copy here.
28. Taco holder
Tacos are a fun food no matter what, but when you get to set your taco on the back of a dino or a unicorn, it brings tacos to a whole new level! You can get these cute taco holders on Amazon here.
29. Organic herb growing kit
Teaching kids where food comes from starts with growing food at home, and growing fresh culinary herbs is a great place to start. Kids can experience this miracle first hand with an indoor herb starter garden kit, and enjoy all the sensory opportunities along the way. Get yours on Amazon here.
30. Mushroom growing kit
The speed at which these mushrooms grow brings awe to those with short attention spans (aka — kids!). Our family has used this mushroom kit, available on Amazon, multiple times to grow beautiful oyster mushrooms and then find new ways to use them in our recipes.
31. Cooking class – in person
Giving the gift of a cooking class leads to both new skills and new experiences! Check your local area for opportunities, or host a cooking class for the neighborhood kids. Sur la Table also offers kids cooking camps in the summer, and one-time classes for teens fourteen and older.
32. Cooking subscription
Give the gift of a monthly Kidstir cooking kit! Each kit comes with fun, seasonal recipes, creative ideas, and helpful tools to develop a lifelong love for cooking. Sign up here.!
33. Online cooking class
There are a variety of online cooking classes for kids as well. Kids Cook Real Food eCourse emphasizes the importance of teaching kids early on how to eat healthy and develop the skills they need to cook for themselves throughout their life. You can enroll here.
34. Local cooking camps
Find more local opportunities for classes and camps by checking sites such as Cooking School.
Giving the gift of cooking is giving the gift of kitchen confidence and ultimately better health.