The 8 Best Cooking Gifts for Kids of 2020

Inspire their creativity with food-centric presents

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"This 27-piece kit has all the basic tools kids will appreciate as they start to explore cooking and baking."
"This fun cookbook keeps kid cuisine in mind and features easy, accessible ingredients."
"Included in the set are small versions of dishwasher safe basic kitchen implements, a silicone loaf pan, and six silicone baking cups."
"This sturdy stool gives your child a boost so they can work at your height."
"Dress your little chef in this apron and hat combo and they’ll feel right at home in the kitchen."
"With adult supervision, your child will be delighted to make these super cute (and fun to eat!) Mickey Mouse waffles."
"This 30-piece utensil set includes all of the necessities for any budding chef."
"This is a kit that marries science and baking for fun, tasty experiments."

Being a foodie isn't just for adults. Kids can absolutely have a love for amazing food and whipping up meals. The great thing is many brands sell kid-safe cooking tools, cookbooks, and even fun aprons.

To inspire the future foodie in your life, here are the best cooking gifts for kids.

Curious Chef 27 Piece Foundation Kit

If you want to get a little chef on the road to culinary greatness, the Curious Chef’s 27 Piece Foundation Kit is a great place to start.

This kit is full of all the basic tools that kids will appreciate as they start to explore cooking and baking. The set includes such basic utensils such as a whisk, spatula, measuring cups, and a rolling pin. It also includes a mixing bowl, kitchen timer, and cookie cutters for your baker-in-training.

To help kids look the part, the kit includes an apron and chef’s hat, plus two oven mitts. The apron is adjustable, so it fits children across a wide range of ages. Especially young or petite children may need more adjustments made to the apron — but it offers plenty of room to grow! The utensils earn high marks for their durability and quality construction. If you want to give a young chef or aspiring baker a kit that will help them feel right at the home in the kitchen, the Curious Chef’s 27 Piece Foundation Kit is the best overall gift to give.

Storey Publishing, LLC Cooking Class: 57 Recipes Kids Will Love to Cook (and Eat!)

A cookbook with kid-friendly recipes and eye-catching graphics will help young chefs to learn basic skills and have fun in the kitchen. A popular kid’s cookbook is Cooking Class: 57 Recipes Kids Will Love to Cook (and Eat!).

This book will help your child to think outside the box with recipes designed just for them. Parents especially love that the book includes a basics section that teaches essential kitchen skills, as well as tips on cleaning up and setting the table.

There are a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes that keep kid cuisine in mind and feature easy, accessible ingredients. There are lots of pictures and graphics to make the process understandable and appealing. Plus, the book even includes stickers that serve as ingredient labels for homemade dressing. This cooking book for children makes a great gift and will quickly become a go-to resource!

Handstand Kitchen 17-piece Intro to Baking Set

For a child that loves the idea of baking up delicious cupcakes, cookies, and more, the Handstand Kitchen Intro to Baking Set is a great gift.

This 17-piece set includes a variety of tools that will make it easy to create baked goods that look and taste great. Included in the set are the basic kitchen implements, such as a rolling pin and spatula. The kit also includes a silicone loaf pan and 6 silicone baking cups — perfect for easily releasing golden brown loafs and piping hot domed cupcakes. The utensils are dishwasher safe, making clean-up easy. The silicone baking pan and cups earn a lot of praise for their non-stick properties.

One thing that parents love is the small size of the utensils, especially the rolling pin. However, a few people felt that the included recipe cards were too elaborate for a child to follow and involved tools not included in the set. Still, this baking kit is easy to use and easy to clean — making it a great choice for getting a child started baking cupcakes, cookies, breads and more.

Little Partners Learning Tower

Part of the challenge of letting kids help cook in the kitchen is helping them work at a countertop height. Having them sit doesn't work and letting them stand on a stool or chair can be quite dangerous. This learning tower helps give them a boost so they can work at your height which will relieve your back and make them feel like they are really helping out.

Available in seven different colors this tower can adjust to whatever your child's height may be. Whether they are a curious toddler who wants to get in on the action or kindergartner wants to help roll out pizza dough for pizza night, this a gift the whole family will enjoy.

Odelia Child’s Chef Hat Apron Set

For an apron that will fit petite chefs and growing cooks alike, the apron and chef’s hat set from Obvious Chef is our top choice.

While there are many children’s aprons available, most are one-size-fits-all with limited adjustability. The Obvious Chef’s apron and hat set is different. Order the apron in a range of sizes designed to fit everyone from a 1-year-old to a teenager. The apron also comes in a multitude of colors, making it easy to find a color that will stand out in the kitchen.

The chef’s hat features a Velcro closure to help it fit a variety of head sizes. In general, people find these aprons to have vibrant colors and quality construction. They also are affordably priced and packaged well.

Disney Mickey Mini Waffle Maker

Make cooking breakfast even more fun for children with the Disney Mickey Mini Waffle Maker. While not specifically designed for use by children, with adult supervision, this waffle iron is easy to use.

The waffle maker has non-stick baking plates that easily release piping hot mouse waffles. It also features rubber non-skid feet and an illuminated power light that alerts you when the unit is on and ready to go. Bear in mind that this unit can only make one waffle at a time, so a little patience may be needed if your child is cooking up waffles for a crowd. Overall, though, users are impressed by the crisp, evenly-cooked waffles made by this waffle maker. Give your child a little more incentive to make breakfast with this cute and easy-to-use Disney Mickey Mini Waffle Maker.

Curious Chef 30-Piece Caddy Collection

For a useful utensil set, the Curious Chef 30-Piece Caddy Collection is hard to beat!

This set is full of utensils of all shapes and sizes that will help children learn a variety of cooking skills. Included in the 30 pieces are color-coded measuring cups and spoons, a weighted rolling pin that makes quick work of dough with less effort by little arms, a set of 3 kid-safe knives, and more. All of these utensils are stored in the included kitchen caddy – making it easy for kids to keep their cooking tools neat and organized.

Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit

Has your kid ever wondered why soda fizzes or how cakes rise? If so, then this kit that combines cooking and science will be a hit. Recommended for children eight years and older (with adult supervision), the set includes baking cups, litmus paper, test tubes, and more to whip up cupcakes, candy, and cookies. This is a fun science experiment that's also tasty.

 

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