Make life easier for your junior cook by investing in the right tools to keep them safe, happy and inspired... they'll be cooking you dinner before you know it.
A slightly serrated knife can be used to
cut through softer ingredients, such as mushrooms, cucumbers or strawberries – this gets your child used to the chopping action.
Victorinox Tomato Knife with green handle, £5.25, amazon.co.uk
In an adult apron, they’ll spend more time wriggling than cooking. The right-sized apron instils a sense of pride and professionalism.
Kids PVC Bugs Apron (57 x 42cm), £7.50, theapronstore.co.uk.
Children today are more familiar with electronic gadgets rather than trying to read a needle on a dial on a pair of traditional scales.
Salter 1066 LCD Electronic Kitchen Scale, £12, Sainsbury’s.
You can never have enough bowls. Good-value and lightweight versions are not too heavy for little arms, and it doesn’t matter if they get dropped or battered about a bit.
Lots of ingredients you’d normally chop can be grated, but a child needs a box grater that they can push against. Choose one that has both coarse and fine sides, so that they can grate ingredients that need to be finely chopped, such as garlic or ginger.
My Kitchen Box Grater, £9.99, Lakeland.
Wooden Pastry Brush, £1.75, John Lewis.
What bit of kitchen kit could your kids not live without? And what are your tips for getting your children involved in the kitchen?