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Give your kid a knife: 10 best kitchen tools for small hands

Simple kitchen tasks can build kids' confidence and food knowledge and make them more likely to try new things. Here's how to get them cooking.

By Lauren Ferranti-Ballem

Give your kid a knife: 10 best kitchen tools for small hands

Photo: Erik Putz

Mash

Kids are stronger than they look sometimes. Harness that power for your potatoes. 

OXO Good Grips masher, $15, bedbathandbeyond.ca

kid-sized veggie masherPhoto: Bed Bath & Beyond

Mix

A deep plastic mixing bowl with a handle and non-slip silicone bottom is key for ensuring ingredients stay contained. 

Kids’ Cookie Baking Set (also includes stackable measuring cups, scraper, spatula, cookie cutters and recipe cards), $80, pamperedchef.ca

Baking set with a bowl, measuring cups, spatulas, recipe cards and cookie cuttersPhoto: Pampered Chef

Grate

This curvy citrus zester fits in the palm of a small hand and captures the goods inside the clip-on chamber. While your kid grates, talk about the colours and smells of lemons, limes and oranges, and how zest adds flavour to foods. 

Flexi Zesti citrus grater, $13, kitchenschoice.com

Orange citrus graterPhoto: Microblade

Scrub

Because vegetables need cleaning (and kids will probably do a better job than they do on their own feet).

Joie Mushroom Brush and Vegetable Scrubber, $3, amazon.ca

Vegetable brush shaped like a mushroomPhoto: Amazon

Measure

Reinforce fractions and talk through the difference between baking soda and baking powder with this colourful five-piece set. 

Joie measuring spoons, $3, well.ca

Stackable colourful measuring spoonsPhoto: Joie

Whisk

Whether you’re making salad dressing, pancake batter or scrambled eggs—a whisk is better than a spoon or spatula for moving ingredients around and keeps them from flying everywhere. 

Red 8-in. silicone whisk, $12, crateandbarrel.com

Red silicon whiskPhoto: Crate and Barrel

Set

Place a silicone trivet under the bowl or plate your kid is working with to keep it from slipping and sliding.

Joie rainbow trivet, $9, well.ca

Stacked rainbow trivetsPhoto: Joie

Chop

With a little help, kids can slice vegetables and even hard-boiled eggs into six segments with this clever gadget. It’s the perfect tool to speed lunch prep along. 

Veggie Wedgie, $19, bedbathandbeyond.ca

Veggie Wedgie chopperPhoto: Microblade

Slice

French kids eat everything—and maybe they cook everything, too. Trust a classic French knife maker to put a blade in every child’s hand. Stainless steel and round-tipped, the 10-inch blade is perfect for teaching cutting and slicing, while the red plastic finger guard protects the hand holding the food to be cut, at the same time teaching kids the proper “claw” position. 

opinel le petit chef knife, finger guard and peeler (next slide) set, $74, amazon.ca

Knife with finger guardPhoto: Amazon

Peel

The learning ring (your kid slips their finger in there) ensures the proper holding and pulling technique crucial for perfectly peeled carrot sticks.

Give your kid a knife: 10 best kitchen tools for small handsPhoto: Amazon

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