Kid-sized tools for little kitchen helpers

Kid-sized tools for little kitchen helpers

Photo credit:Natasha Saravanja

My son's battle cry? “I do it!” And he means it. This kid wants to do everything he sees his parents do, all the time.

I love having a small helper, but I'm concerned about safety, especially in the kitchen. When he first showed an interest in helping me cook and bake I was able to placate him with some Tupperware on the floor, but he soon wised up to my scheme and asked to really help. So, after a little research I found some great products that made it easy and safe.

He now has his own cabinet of kitchen tools and helps me cook often. I’m hoping if he keeps going he’ll eventually take over the reins entirely. Anything is possible, right?

Photo credit: Natasha Saravanja Photography

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  • Crinkle cutter

    I was petrified to let my son near a knife, with good reason. But a crinkle cutter is a safe option for chopping because it’s not sharpened like a knife. The handle is perfect for little hands to control, and the crinkle pattern is a kids’ favorite. It easily makes it way through fruit and vegetables, keeping hands and fingers safe.

  • Mixing bowls

    My son thinks it’s great to have his very own set of bowls. This trio from Farberware is perfect for little chefs. The bases are non-skid to help avoid spills, and they feature a spout for easy pouring — which is also a great way to develop and refine kids’ fine motor skills. Plus, they nest for easy storage.

  • Strawberry slicer

    My son loves fruit, to the point where I have to limit how much he eats or it would be all he eats. He loves to cut his strawberries with this Strawberry Slicester from Chef’n, and it’s a safe and quick alternative to knives. It also works with hardboiled eggs and mushrooms, and is top-rack dishwasher safe. He loves the small slices, and they are perfect for salads or to top cakes and cupcakes.

  • Cutting board

    Every chef needs a good cutting board, and this small bamboo version is the perfect size for kids. My son likes it because it looks just like the ones I use. It’s sturdy and won’t slide around, and it’s great quality. Bamboo is not only a renewable resource, it’s also quite hard and makes an excellent surface for cutting.

  • Nylon knives

    Once my son mastered the crinkle cutter we introduced a nylon knife, a safer option than metal knives that still cuts fruits and vegetables. The edge is serrated, the tip is blunt, and the handle is ergonomically designed specifically for small hands. Like all kitchen tools, this is used with careful adult supervision.

  • Measuring beakers

    Traditional long-stem measuring spoons can be a bit challenging for tiny hands, but the OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set is perfectly designed for kids. The stable base helps limit spillage, and the top is flared with a spout for easier pouring. I also like these because they are BPA-free, top-rack dishwasher safe, and nest for storage.

  • Hand mixer

    My son loves to use my electric hand mixer, but has a spotty track record, as our cake-batter-splattered kitchen backsplash can attest. For small mixing jobs, this egg beater works much better. The gears are safely encased in the handle, keeping hands safe, and the mixer works while resting on the bottom of the bowl in case little arms get tired.

    The base of the mixer detaches and is dishwasher-safe, which will be a favorite feature of mine until my son decided to add dishwashing to his list of kitchen skills.

Becky Vieira spends too much time on Instagram. She is a first-time mom of "advanced maternal age" and a postpartum depression warrior who lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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