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.
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If you have a budding little chef in the making, a few choice purchases will help them on their culinary adventure. These inexpensive buys will make life easier when children are developing their new kitchen skills. For more inspiration, see our recipe collection of the best dishes to cook with kids plus find more gadgets and useful products in our review section, including the best foodie gifts for children.
The best kit to buy for kids who love cooking
A sturdy box grater
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. Buy from Lakeland (£9.99)
No tin is greased or chicken basted in our house without one of my kids doing it. This is a task they completely understand from painting.
Wooden pastry brush. Buy from John Lewis (£2)
Round-ended fruit knife or butter knife
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. Buy from Victorinox (£6.50)
A well-fitting apron
In an adult apron, they’ll spend more time wriggling than cooking. The right-sized apron instils a sense of pride and professionalism.
Bear apron for kids. Buy from Kidly (£15)
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. Buy from Salter (£9.99)
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.
Four-piece mixing bowl set. Buy from Asda (£5)
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