Guest Picks: Kids in the Kitchen
These knives are made by Curious Chef, a company with a whole line of safe cooking tools and gadgets for kids.
Put your sous chef in charge of setting the cupcake timer when the treats go into the oven.
Here's a whole pint-size baking set, perfect for making mini treats with your sous chef.
If your kids like boiled eggs, they'll love these Japanese egg-shape molds. I have this exact set. Just peel a hot boiled egg, pop it in the mold and put the mold in cold water for 10 minutes. They also come in heart, star, fish and car shapes, and they would be cute stocking stuffers.
The kids can chop up vegetables for soup or snacking with this crinkle-cut chopper designed for preschool-size hands.
Meet Marshall Green. Like his fellow Green family members, he's made of recycled wood and plastic. He also boasts the coolest hairdo I've ever seen on a kitchen tool.
I just showed this ideabook to my daughter, and her eyes went immediately to these pens. It would be fun to use these to decorate cookies and doodle on the skins of fruit I pack in the kids' lunch boxes.
When the kids were about three years old, I ordered personalized aprons from this company for holiday gifts. The quality is excellent, and the prices can't be beat. Plus, you can customize the color, font and optional graphic however you like. I went with simple block text that said "Chef [child's name]." They love having their own aprons when it's time to help mom bake.
These scrubby gloves can be used by kids or adults to scrub off dirt from potatoes, carrots, corn and other veggies.
This sweet little cupcake set would make a nice gift for any little baker.
Ever since my son grated his hand along with the cheese, I won't let my kids near a grater. I do love this little lady design though — maybe when they're older.
This peeling, slicing and coring device looks like so much fun. I'm sure my kids would love to crank the handle and make homemade applesauce.
This pizza set comes with all the tools you'll need for family pizza night — plus recipes for homemade dough and sauce.
A retro robot kitchen timer would probably help lure your robot lover out of the playroom and into the kitchen.
My kids gave some of these Head Chefs kids' kitchen tools to a friend for her birthday, and her mom said she'd sit at the kitchen island and act out little scenes with them talking to each other. Check out the full line to see all the fun designs.
My kids love cracking eggs. I'm sure they'd like to get in on the egg beating too with this little porker.
These icing pens make it easy for kids to be a little more precise with their decorating! You can also use fruit jam in this little gadget.
This is another safe knife for kids! It has rounded edges that apparently stop the knife from cutting through skin.
Cut the carrots and not your fingers with this Safe Slice knife guard. It isn't designed specifically for kids, but I imagine it would work for big and small hands.Next: More ideas for cooking with kids