Babble Best Picks: Kitchen Tools for Kids
Teaching a child to cook can be a lot of fun, but it can be really dangerous, too. There are few other places in a home that offer so many potential dangers. In the kitchen, a child improperly prepared or supervised can fall, be burned or cut themselves in a matter of seconds. With that in mind, having the proper kid-friendly kitchen tools can truly be a mom's best aid for kids-in-the-kitchen success. There are hundreds of companies that have created kitchen tools with children in mind. From shopping bags to step stools, cutting boards to cookbooks, it seems there is a product for every need a mama might have in her kitchen. But which of these products are the best? Which products offer unrivaled quality, innovation, effectiveness and price? Rather than spend your time and money batting around for the most worthwhile kitchen tools for kids, we've searched, narrowed down and tested more than 100 products to find 20 favorites. Each of these products make cooking with a kid a safe, fun experience.
TESTING: The following products were tested along with many other kitchen tools by 3 moms, 2 dads and a handful of children, ages 3-12. Each product was tested for durability, safety, ease of use and real-world usefulness with special considerations given for price, design and creativity. Because there are so many aspects to the experience of cooking with children - shopping for healthy ingredients, preparing the meal, cooking and ultimately enjoying the fruits of good labor - tools that aid and benefit each stage of the preparation process have been included in our list of favorites. The authors of this article were given products for review but not paid by any manufacturer. All opinions offered are honest reviews by the parent and kid testers.
Budding Chef | Dog, Frog and Pac-Man Hot Heads Potholders
Any potholder that can inspire an 8-year-old to turn off video games and stand in the kitchen making crazy voices while helping in the kitchen is one kitchen tool every mom must have.These silicone oven mitts are as much fun to play with as they are to cook with. Our kid testers went gaga over the dog and frog Hot Heads, until they saw the Pac-Man Hot Head. Children were squealing all over the room, begging just to wear Pac-Man on their own hands, which might be a great way to get them interested in kitchen work. Even though moms should still be the ones removing hot pans from the oven and stove, these potholders are a great way to teach your kids about kitchen safety.
Get it from Well Dressed Home, $14.95