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.
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 | Zebra Mix
Zebra Mix Treasure Tins come with everything little chefs need to get cooking. More than just a cleverly packaged baking mix, the tins are filled with all the organic, dry ingredients kids need to whip up a batch of cupcakes and frosting. They also include a “Safari Baking Map,” which turns the process of cooking into an adventure of discovery and learning. The process is so fun, it’s sure to win over those too-cool-for-cooking kiddos and turn them into bona fide cupcake bakers (we speak from experience).