T Is for Tiny Chefs

updated May 1, 2019
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It’s never too early to get kids going in the kitchen. If any of the tiny humans in your life have started showing interest in cooking or eating, this is the gift guide you’ve been searching for.

Here are 11 ideas for keeping them entertained in and out of the kitchen.

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11 Gifts for Little Kids Who Love to Cook and Eat (Image credit: The Kitchn)
  1. Donut Chalk and Paint Set, $30 for 40 pieces at U Brands: It’s going to warm up outside eventually. And when it does, some very special budding artist is going to have a ton of supplies to hit the sidewalk with.
  2. Crack A Smile Space Breakfast Mold + Plate Set, $13 at Perpetual Kid: Any kid will have a blast with this breakfast set. The silicone mold turns eggs or pancakes into planet shapes, and the plate acts as an outer space backdrop. Houston, we do not have a problem.
  3. Classic Play Kitchen, $699 at Milton & Goose: A gift for grandma and grandpa to pick up! If only they’d get you a new kitchen to match.
  4. Ice Cream Marquee, $145 at Pulp Function: With a nightlight this cool, every night is sure to be full of sweet dreams.
  5. Taco Truck Playhouse, $69 at Uncommon Goods: This cardboard taco truck will give little ones a head start in the street food biz. Beep! Beep!
  6. Felt Food Baking Set, $50 at milkfly: Why wasn’t play food this cute when we were kids? This adorable set includes a bag of flour and sugar, a can of evaporated milk, and two brown eggs.
  7. “Le Petit Chef” Complete Set, $49 at Opinel: This pint-sized set allows kids to start practicing their knife skills — safely. It comes with a four-inch chef’s knife and a peeler with education grip rings and a finger guard.
  8. Le Creuset Toy Bakeware or Utensil Set, from $16 at Pottery Barn Kids: Do kids covet Le Creuset as much as adults do? They should! These dishes and tools are mini versions of the stuff their parents have. We’re partial to the bakeware set (f0r $24), but you can get everything you see here for just $40.
  9. Gold Pineapple Money Box, $32 at Sass & Belle: A little something to get kids started on saving money for college — or culinary school!
  10. Tovolo Monsters Pop Molds, $12: Show kids there’s no reason to be afraid of monsters with this DIY pop mold set. Worried their phobia is too much? Similar sets are also available in robots, dinosaurs, and more.
  11. Children’s Aprons and Mitts, $42 at Minted: There are few things cuter than a kid in an apron, but we don’t always love all the super-kiddie patterns out there. That’s why were stoked to learn that Minted just launched a line in their stylish patterns. Bonus: You can get a matching apron for mom.