Looking to get your kids in the kitchen? These kids cooking tools will help your kids feel more involved in the kitchen while giving you the peace of mind that you need to keep them safe and your kitchen (relatively) clean. Not all of these cooking tools for kids are necessary, but they will help make life a little easier. My favorite part of all of these kitchen tools for kids is that most of them are items you too can use – no weird single purpose kitchen items that only your kids will use.
Below you’ll find some of my favorite kids cooking tools to help you get your kids in the kitchen. I really want to emphasize that none of them are necessary – with a close eye and clear instructions, I truly feel that you can get your kids started in the kitchen at any age without a ton of specialty equipment.
That being said, here is some basic stuff that you’ll probably be able to find in your own kitchen right now that will help your kids becoming little sous chefs before you know it.
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The Best Kids Cooking Tools
- Food Chopper
A food chopper is one of my favorite kitchen tools for kids. (and myself, to be honest!) Kids can help chop up your food prep like vegetables, garlic, onion, etc without touching a knife. Just make sure you teach them not to life the chopper or touch the blades.
- Food Processor
While I can’t recommend allowing your kids to use the food processor in any way that equates to them touching the blade obviously, I do love including a food processor and blender when cooking with kids. tiny kids love pressing the button and older kids can easily add items to it, put the top on, and let it whirl.
Tip: if you have concerns with your kids putting their hands anywhere near the blades, have them measure everything into a spouted bowl and then you can pour it into the processor or blender, add the top, and they can press the buttons.
- Straight spatula
Kids love cutting. Let kids cut soft items with this straight spatula, essentially a thin butter knife with absolutely no blade. They can safely cut things like bananas and zucchini without worrying about cutting themself.
Tip: get them started on knife skills early with this safe knife alternative – this post from Eat Your Beets is a great place to start!
- Spring loaded cookie scoop
One of my favorite kitchen tools in general, a cookie dough scoop is a really easy less-mess way to scoop everything from cookies to meat balls in uniform sizes. Kids love the fun release and you’ll love the lack of 87,000 different spoons.
- Cookie Cutters
Cookie cutters are the obvious choice for kids in the kitchen – not only can they be used to make – you guessed it – cookies, but they also can cut frits and vegetables (if thin/ soft enough), sandwiches, quesadillas – it’s pretty endless.
- Pizza Cutter
A pizza cutter is a great way to have kids cut things without an actual knife – not just pizza, but brownies, pancakes, sandwiches, vegetables – it’s pretty endless. Typical pizza cutters have a very sharp blade, but this one is made specificcally with kids’ use in mind so it’s a great addition to your kids’ cooking arsenal.
- Kid’s kitchen shears
My kitchen shears get a work out in our house. I love them to make big salads with less chopping, to open packages, cut veggies, slice pizza, and even to portion food. This kid safe pair is extra fun with the fun duck appearance!
- Non Skid bowl
A bowl with a non skid base is a MUST when cooking with kids. Kids love to stir, but might not understand that you need to hold on to the bowl while you’re doing it. The non skid base of this mixing bowl helps keep it a bit sturdier, though with extra tiny little you might still need to help you.
- Colorful measuring cups and spoons
I love using these rainbow measuring spoons and cups with my littles because while they might not understand if I say 3/4 cup of sugar, they WILL understand “fill the blue cup 3 times with sugar”. Use these to help teach your kids measurements with less confusion.
- Kid’s Apron
What kid doesn’t like to dress up? Not only do kids love the dress up aspect of this kids kid’s apron set, but it will help keep their clothes a bit cleaners. Wins all around!
- Step stool
This is definitely a bit of a splurge – I personally just use a kitchen chair – but I’ve seen them everywhere and LOVE the safety factor of these. If you plan on cooking a lot with your kids and/or have a few kids you’ll cook with over the years, definitely grab one of these!
- Potato masher
My kids love mashing all of the things. A masher is perfect for mushing up potatoes of mashed potatoes obviously, but it’s also great for mashing banana for baking and other vegetables for hidden veggie meals. I like the mashers like this rather than the ones with a horizontal handle because I think it’s easier for little hands and will keep those little hands further from the food they are mashing.
- Spouted bowl
This mixing bowl not only has a non skip base, but a handle to hold, and most importantly a spout for easy pouring which really helps with shaking little hands.
- Salad Spinner
If your family makes salad often, consider investing in a salad spinner to help with the cleaning of the greens. Have kids rinse the greens (or herbs, etc!) then place in the salad spinner and press away!
So there you have it – my favorite kids cooking tools. Nothing too crazy, right? I would bet that you already have much of them in your own arsenal of cooking tools.
If you start cooking with your kids, inspires by some of these tools, I would love it if you’d hope on instagram, post a picture and tag me, @morganmanages and use my hashtag #fearlesskidscooking so I can see the fun you’re having!
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