Guest Picks: Great Gifts for Kids Who Cook

Part of the enjoyment of being in the kitchen is getting to play with around with food. My kids have difficulty waiting till they are older to be a part of the fun — they love pretending to cook, as well as actually assisting with food prep. This set of gifts was created with something in your mind for kids of all skill levels in kitchen. I know kids like these toys, but I buy them for myself as I do for them. I enjoy play cooking much more than real cooking because there’ll never be some dishes to wash!

— Mariko from The Tiny Foodie

Little Partners

Little Partners Learning Tower – $199.99

As opposed to dragging your chairs throughout the kitchen so that your kid can stand at the counter with you, try out this learning tower. It’s sturdy and adjustable based on height, and it’s safe rails on either side. I love it.

Melissa & Doug

Sushi Slicing Play Set – $19.99

That is my daughter’s favourite toy food ever. When we play with this, it’s like we are in a real restaurant. You can even slice aside the sushi rolls and practice your chopstick skills.

Play Kitchens

KidKraft Primary Colors Baking Set – $44.99

My cooking tools are really only toys in disguise, and I feel the standing mixer is in the center of each (toy) kitchen.


Lil Chef Dress Up Costume by My Heart – $35

This sweet chef ensemble is all about playing with the big kids. I believe that you may have a great sous chef in the making.

Play Kitchens

KidKraft White Vintage Kitchen – $199.99

This play kitchen may be better stocked than my actual kitchen. It has the gas-style stove. Sigh, I wish I had one myself.


Little Tikes Backyard Barbeque™ Get Out ‘N Grill – $40.48

If you do not have room in the home for a play kitchen, why not an outdoor backyard barbecue? Pretty please, Mom? You simply can’t say no to this.

BJ’s Wholesale Club

Little Tikes Makin’ Mud Pies Outdoor Kitchen Set – $39.99

Actual water, actual dirt and real mud. What kid could resist this outdoor drama set, which can be practically real-live cooking?
OK, so perhaps you’ll have to scrub a little after this meal.

Pottery Barn Kids

Porcelain Tea Set – $59

Foodies are usually entertainers in your mind. Kids love to have friends over for parties, just like adults.

Pottery Barn Kids

Cupcake Set – $24

This is the cutest felt food ever. I want to be served this at our next tea party.


Casdon Toy Delonghi Microwave – $27.99

I have done a double take when I saw this microwave, and I’m sure most kids would think that this was the real deal. It comes complete with play food, and the microwave sizzles and beeps too.


Easy-Bake Oven and Snack Center – $29.99

I’m not sure what the allure of the Easy Bake Oven is, but my 8-year-old self couldn’t envision the more perfect toy. It’s redundant for certain, however, it was still special because it was particularly for me.


Handstand Kids Eat Your Fruits & Veggies Oven Mitt – $8

Adult-size oven mitts can be cumbersome for smaller hands and actually make spills or burns more risky. Get the right size mitt for those small ones if you are going to let them cook.


Sassafras Little Cook Kid’s Kitchen Tool Kit – $20

This cooking collection is serious business. Meaning, small hands really can use these tools in the kitchen. I enjoy using measuring cups and spoons to teach my daughter about numbers.


Star Wars™ Heroes & Villains Cookie Cutters – $19.95

I’ve been ogling them for a while now, just waiting for an opportunity to introduce my kids to the magical universe of Star Wars. Additionally, sugar cookies are necessary around Christmas, right?

Kuhn Rikon

Decorating Bottles – $5

My daughter always wants to help decorate cupcakes, however, the pastry bag and tip are tough to control for small hands. Kuhn Rikon’s decorating bottles make that a non-issue, and also you are able to alter the tips as possible please.


OXO Vegetable Chopper – $20

This may not be intended for kids, but I think that it’s ideal for assisting. Kids can do the chopping without you worrying about palms. This is very good for onions, garlic, nuts and herbs. The best part is that you put your kids to operate, and they think that it’s all part of the fun!

Barnes & Noble

DK Children’s Cookbook by Katharine Ibbs – $17.99

As a general rule, I prefer cookbooks with pictures — lots of images. This cookbook has step-by-step images of basic recipes for kids, and it’s truly easy enough to follow for almost any kid (or kid at heart).

The Spoon Sisters

Nylon Cooking Knife Place for Kids – $9.95

Whenever you decide to let your child begin cutting some cucumber for your dinner salad, I feel these knives are ideal. Enormous, easy-to-grip handles and curved tips make this very affordable knife collection very appealing. I will probably wait a few years for my own daughter, but I’m storing it to a future want list.

For Smaller Hands

Private Pizza Pan Set – $16.95

Personal pizzas are most likely one of the greatest things about being a kid. Kids are experts at assembling their own, even at an early age.

For Smaller Hands

Mini-Spatula – $3.75

This mini-spatula is great for Saturday morning pancakes, which is probably your kid’s very favorite meal in which to participate. The silicone base implies you won’t have to worry about melting.


Presto 11-Inch Electric Skillet – $22.22

This may not be made for kids, but if my kid does begin doing some actual sauteing (with supervision, of course), it’s going to be in an electric fry pan. It’s not a cooking vessel of choice for me personally, but it’s sturdy legs, therefore is less likely to tilt or scoot around off a stove top when she is stirring.

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