I live with a super curious eight year and a six year old who would scoop flour with measuring cups all day long if I let him. They both love to be in the kitchen. They love to help out, but they don’t always need my guidance, what they really want is to be doing things on their own. Nate makes his own scrambled eggs. John loves to juice fresh oranges. Because of their love for food prep and cooking, we have stocked our kitchen with many kid friendly kitchen tools and cookbooks.
I decided to write this post to share some of our favorite cookbooks and kitchen tools that we use when the kids are in the kitchen helping out. When you are a kid growing up in a house with a mom who loves to cook, you quickly learn that asking for your own kitchen tools and cookbooks is something that she will never say no to. My kids have become savvy. When the boys go with my husband Britt to the Home Depot, they alway leave with a new hammer or tape measure. When they are looking on Amazon, or perusing a book or kitchen store, they always seem to find the sweetest cookbook and perfect kid friendly kitchen tools. Some of our favorite finds are listed in this post for you.
Involving children in menu planning, food prep, and cooking is a great way to teach your kiddos to cook and also to try and love new foods. Now if I could just get them to do those dishes 🙂
In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy – Mardi Michels
My guys love this cookbook. Their favorite recipe is hands down the recipe for Steak Frites. This has become their go to cookbook when they are choosing recipes for dinner or looking for a simpler recipe that they can basically make on their own.
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs – America’s Test Kitchen
This cookbook was a New York Times # 1 Bestseller and is also the top rated cookbook for kids on Amazon. This book is filled with kid friendly recipes that were extensively tested and proven to be kid approved. There are fun illustrations, lots of great instruction and many of the recipes include variations so that kids can adjust recipes for their personal preferences and also be creative.
Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local – Clotilde Dusoulier
This is not technically a cookbook for kids but it is quite kid friendly. My guys love the chocolate mousse, chocolate hazelnut spread and the different morning breakfast pastries. I can often find a dinner idea in here that everyone is willing to try too. Clotilde has two boys of her own so she certainly has children in mind when creating her recipes. Check out her blog Chocolate and Zucchini too…
Kid Friendly Kitchen Tools:
Curious Chef TCC50029 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set
This knife set comes with three knives. This is great because there is never any argument over who gets to use the knife first. These knives are sharp enough to cut through apples, potatoes and carrots but won’t injure little fingers and hands. The kids know where we keep them and I will often walk into the kitchen to find one of the boys cutting up an apple or some cheese for a snack. They’re great!
Tessa’s Kitchen Kids – Child’s Chef Hat Apron Set, Kid’s Size, Children’s Kitchen Cooking and Baking Wear Kit for Those Chefs in Training
My boys got these apron and chef hat sets in their stockings last Christmas and they just love them. Whenever they come into the kitchen to help, they grab their aprons before getting to work. These are just adorable!
Ann Clark Football Cookie Cutter Set – 3 Piece – Football, Football Helmet, and T-Shirt – Tin Plated Steel
We love all of the cookie cutters from Ann Clark. They are durable, cut well, and come in so many different shapes and sizes. We recently bought the football set so that we could make cookies for playoff football games.
J.K. Adams FRP-2 Maple Wood French Dowel Rolling Pin
Kids love rolling pins. They just do. And my guys love this one. It is lightweight, manageable, and they even sometimes borrow it for their play dough. You can’t go wrong with this high quality maple rolling pin.
Sprinkles – Wilton 710-1176 Animals and Stars, Bright
Sprinkles make everything more fun in the kitchen. Whether you are making cookies, cupcakes, scones or ice cream sundaes, sprinkles add fun to any recipe. I love these variety packs from Wilton. They always have unique and colorful shapes and they don’t pour out too fast…
Curious Chef TCC50010 Fruit & Vegetable Peeler
This is a great peeler for kids. Set your kiddos up at the kitchen sink with a bowl of apples, carrots or potatoes and let them peel! It works well but it’s actually pretty hard to cut yourself with. Both great qualities for a peeler that kids will be using.
EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, White
A kitchen scale is so much fun for kids. We have this one from EatSmart and love it! The boys know how to zero it out, switch between units of measurement and love weighing ingredients for any recipe. We’ve had it for years and find it to be dependable and well made.
Individual Condiment Sauce Cups- One Dozen
We use these cups for everything. Parmesan cheese for pasta and the kids fill these little cups with maple syrup for their pancakes and French toast. They are also perfect for BBQ sauce and ketchup for dinner and even sometimes get filled with paint for art projects.
Cuisinart CMBM-4PP 4 Piece Pizza Pan Set, Mini, Steel Gray
My guys are obsessed with making their own pizzas. Everyone gets to control the amount of sauce and cheese that goes onto their pizza and you can choose whichever toppings you want too! Kids love stretching the dough and even shaping their pizzas into the continents and different book and movie characters. Definitely grab these pans and make Friday night pizza making a tradition in your house.
Thanks so much for reading. Have kitchen tools that your kids love to use? Comment on the post and let me know what they are so I can get them for my boys! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out our family category to read other kid focused posts.
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