At America’s Test Kitchen Kids, we’re all about kitchen equipment that looks and works well, so we’re not fooled by all of the cute but useless cooking items for kids out there. (Yes, we like spatulas that are brightly colored, but not if they can’t stir or fold!)
The Best Gifts for Kids Who Love to Cook
In this list, you’ll find cooking items for kids that are worth the money and will actually encourage them to keep cooking.
Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 6" Chef’s Knife (left) and Opinel Le Petit Chef Cutlery Set (right)
Sharp (and Safe!) Knives
Using a knife that’s the right size makes common kitchen tasks much safer. The Victorinox Swiss Army Fibrox Pro 6" Chef’s Knife is sized just right for 12- and 13-year-olds, and the Opinel Le Petit Chef Cutlery Set is the best choice for 8- and 9-year-olds—it has a wooden handle with a small, round finger hole that encourages younger kids to hold it safely and securely.
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OXO Good Grips 9" Tongs (left) and OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board (right)
There’s no reason for kids to use kitchen tools that are too big for them. The OXO Good Grips 9" Tongs are perfect for smaller hands and are extremely easy to operate. The OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board is easy for kids to hold and lift but is also stable on the counter thanks to its grippy rubber sides. Bonus: It’s dishwasher-safe.
Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Beechwood Rolling Pin (left) and OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 12-Cup Muffin Pan (right)
For the Budding Baker
For picture-perfect pies, cupcakes, and more, it all starts with great baking equipment. Kids loved the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking Beechwood Rolling Pin for its comfortable handles and shorter length. You can’t go wrong with gifting the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 12-Cup Muffin Pan—what kid doesn’t love cupcakes? It has an oversize rim running all the way around it, so there’s always a broad, secure place for kids to grasp.
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Tablecraft Widemouth Squeeze Bottles (left) and Zoku Classic Pop Molds (right)
Other Fun Tools
Cooking should be fun! A squeeze bottle is an inexpensive but surprisingly versatile kitchen tool. Kids can use it to make their food look Instagram-worthy or to make awesome edible spheres (winter break project anyone?). And the Zoku Classic Pop Molds let kids get creative with popsicles without making a mess—plus, what kid wouldn’t love their neon green color?
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