Cooking with preschooler

Hi! My 3 year old is interested in cooking with me in the kitchen. Any kid friendly kitchen tools out there that you all can recommend?

  • AdamAnt
    Feb 08

    We got a lot of big, clunky utensils (spoons, spatulas, whisks, etc) so that our littles could grip them better. Then, we got colorful measuring cups & spoons that are visually different - so while cooking together we could ask for “the purple teaspoon” or “the orange quarter cup.” They make a mess, but they love helping out & of course sharing their creations as a whole family!

  • Jennifer
    Feb 08

    Not sure about cooking tools maybe get cookie cutters and rolling pin from Daiso, but I get the pizza doughs from Trader Joes. Last night my 4yr old daughter helped me push out the dough onto a pizza pan, and we spread Trader Joe pizza sauce and peeled Mozzarella string cheese with spinach on top. The pizza sauce is sooooo yummy! We had so much fun making it together and its healthy! I highly recommend buying the pizza dough.

  • antigrav_kids
    Feb 08

    tldr 1. San Francisco Parks & Rec has an incredible cooking class 4 kids as young as 3. They usually even take drop-in, (I think it's $10 to drop in). tldr 2. We never did find utensils that were 4 'kids' even though all the kids here love 2 cook, they just use our stuff. Now the rest :) The 3 y.o. here used the cooking tools I used, (she's 4 now). Measuring isn't really her forte yet, so I help with that. We wind up with stuff in the counter, but it's all good. Kneading and rolling dough though, she rocks at! For my peace if mind, I'm still the only one allowed to turn the mixer on and off. I've had a blast w/ the gang cooking though, the last time we made cinnamon rolls all I had to do was click a mixer switch a few times 😊

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Feb 08

    There are apparently nylon kid knives on amazon so they can cut with you! I haven’t tried them yet but have ordered them to try with my 4,2.5 yr olds. The reviews look good and they supposedly don’t cut skin

  • Sara
    Feb 08

    The Joie (?) chopper on Amazon is great- bright color choices, fat handle to hold, and makes crinkle cuts. My 3.5 yo uses it for cucumbers-and the oxo peeler with the fat rubber handle. I watch and coach him on keeping his fingers out of the way. Sure, both will cut skin- so you have to judge your kids’ readiness. It would work for cheese chunks too. We will gradually scale up to harder- to-cut veggies. He likes to peel the carrots, too. Oh- and the oxo small salad spinner- awesome way for them to help dry off the greens, herbs, berries- our energetic boy has loved that since he was 2! We let him set it on the floor and go to town while we prep other things. :)

  • Sara
    Feb 08

    Oh, and love the suggestion about the color coded measuring spoons and cups- looking those up now. My kid loves scooping the dry ingredients- I just have to let go of the stress about some spilled flour!

  • Dave
    Feb 10

    And I'm not sure this qualifies as cooking but our 2yo loves making mini popsicles in this mold. She can put ingredients into the blender then help pour the blended mix into the mold and put in the reusable handle sticks. Then part of the fun of eating is pushing the flexible silicone bubble back in after removing a pop. https://www.amazon.com/Zoku-Miniature-Popsicle-Drip-guards-Easy-release/dp/B00CDL3538/

  • Lynn
    Feb 10

    My husband and I cook and bake with our kids on a regular basis. They use the regular kitchen utensils and have nylon knives. I measure; they pour and mix. It can get really messy, but we love it. A 4 and 2.3 years old

  • Elle
    Feb 11

    Bake a cake! Wash some vegetables Peel some carrots Plate the food nicely Grate cheese Roll balls of dough for cookies or meatballs or indian pakora etc Whisks Wooden spoons Collander Learn to crack an egg Help roll dough w rolling pin Use fork to fancy the crust Use one of those presses that dices vegetables and tomatos and ham, s/he can help make an omelet

  • Anna
    Feb 11

    Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn often have great tools for kids, especially around Easter, they tend to have cute stuff on sale. I’m always lusting after it for my toddler. Lol! Right now they have adorable Harry Potter stuff! https://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/shop/gifts/gifts-for-kids/

  • Joy Lim
    Feb 11

    We use Curious Chef brand for real cooking utensils that are safe for kids. You can find their products in Amazon

  • Sara
    Saturday

    I just came back to this older post for ideas, and want to encourage people to keep cooking with their very young children! My boy is very wiggly and impulsive, so from 2-3.5yrs it was a little stressful for me to have him help, since he was always making a big mess and not listening well. Chaos. Well, we’ve passed the 3.5yr mark and all the practice is paying off- he just cracked eggs successfully all by himself, and is measuring baking powder and salt by himself, and keeping the ingredients mostly in the bowl when stirring! Hurrah!