Cooking is a great way for kids to learn about nutrition, basic cooking skills, science and math. Plus it’s a fun activity for many kids. Why not encourage that skill with cooking-themed gifts for kids?
Chef’s Hat and Apron
Every aspiring chef needs the right gear to get ready for time in the kitchen. Start with a chef’s hat small enough to fit a child’s head. Many come with adjustable headbands so your little chef can still see what she’s doing.
You’ll find a variety of kids’ aprons in many different colors and patterns. Choose a fabric pattern that matches the recipient’s interests or preferences. You can also get plain kids’ sized aprons at craft stores. Decorate the apron for her, or pack up some fabric paints in the gift so she make her own custom apron.
Another tool you’ll find plenty of is kids’ cookbooks. Head to the bookstore to check out the cookbook options designed especially for junior cooks. The cookbooks often have kid-friendly foods in them. Look for a book with colorful pictures and large print with clear instructions. This allows the child to use the cookbook herself easier.
Sure, she can use her parents’ kitchen tools. But it’s more fun for a little chef to have her own set of kitchen gear. Choose a few key kitchen utensils, such as a whisk, spatula, rolling pin and measuring cups. Look for colorful utensils to make them more appealing to kids. A small tackle box works well for holding the gear.
A compilation of themed cooking items is another gift option. For example, you might put a jar of marinara, a pasta spoon, Parmesan cheese and a kids’ Italian cookbook in a colorful colander as a gift. If the child likes to bake, use a cake pan as the container with a whisk, spatula, cake mix and frosting inside.
To encourage the young chef to cook fresh foods, give her the beginnings of a garden. An herb garden is a small option that works well for kids. With a few pots and seeds or seedlings, the recipient is on her way to growing her own fresh ingredients to use in her next dish.