If you’re looking for kid-friendly kitchen knives, cookware, and tools you’ve come to the right place!
Katie Kimball here – my 4 kids and I created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help bring real food and independence to families all over. Over 10,000 kids have joined us and we’d love to invite you along for the adventure!
In our course and in our home, we use a variety of kid-sized and kid-friendly knives and kitchen tools. We’ve tested and sorted through many, and have curated a list of our favorites for you.
To skip to a category of kid-friendly kitchen tools, use the links below:
Knives and Accessories | General Items | Kitchen Tools | Cookware | Bakeware | Small Appliances | Recipe Ingredients | Books
I also have a short list of just my top 10 favorite kitchen tools for kids.
- Kid Knives:
- Wusthof Knives ($$$):
- Victorinox Knives ($):
- Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, for the adults
- Fibrox 6-Inch Chef’s Knife, better for little kid hands!
- Fibrox 5-inch Mini Chef’s Knife (potentially even better for little hands)
- Classic 4-Inch Paring Knife One of our small-handed team members uses this in place of a chef’s knife and says it can do almost anything, from dicing veggies to cutting chicken. It’s a good fit for children’s hands, sharp and sturdy enough to make an impact, and America’s Test Kitchen #1 economical pick (after Wusthof brand). This knife is affordable enough to be a stocking stuffer!
- Other Good Knives:
Kids Kitchen Tools
- Knife Sharpeners and Safety Gloves:
- Crinkle Cutters for little ones:
- Cutting Boards:
- Cheese Graters:
- Lettuce Knife (This knife tears the lettuce so that it can last almost an entire week in the fridge.)
- Single Hand Cook (an accessory that’s mostly to adapt knife skills for people with disabilities)
- Norpro Onion Holder (to safely hold foods while slicing)
- Apple slicer (be sure your kids know to keep fingers on TOP, but until they can use a knife on their own, this little tool is great for kids!)
I got requests so often for our favorite basic kitchen supplies for kids, I put together a couple one-and-done packages for you. Get our favorite kid-friendly knives, plus more right here
More Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tools
- Spatulas & Turners:
- Measuring Cups & Spoons:
- Salad Spinners:
- Skillets & Griddles:
- Steamer Baskets:
We Love These Small Appliances for Kid-Chefs
Ingredients We Use in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse
- Real Salt: Not only do I LOVE Redmond as a company, this is the only salt I use in my house, and I buy it by the bucket! It’s high-quality at an affordable price, and available in mainstream grocery stores.
- Cracked Black Pepper
- Whole Bay Leaves
- Dried Minced Onion (used often in slow cooker/Instant Pot meals, Premium Content class – just get a big container; the little ones are too expensive and get used up too fast!)
- Dried Minced Garlic (same as above – and I link to a search for the term only because Amazon changes its stock too much and I don’t want to stick you with one that might disappear – but price check per ounce!)
- Dried Bell Peppers (not granulated, diced – same as above for notes)
- Garlic Powder
- Grassfed Gelatin (use the coupon KS10 for 10% off!)
- Rice and Beans
- Costco or Sam’s seem to always carry at least dry pinto beans. Costco carries organic canned beans.
- Aldi will often have dry black beans or pinto beans but it depends on your market. They carry canned beans for a great everyday price and sometimes do have organic ones as a special buy.
Kids Cookbooks, Recipes and Kid-Friendly Cooking Classes
New Favorites for New Cooks
This cookbook is written by a chef who is the founder of Charlie Carts, an amazing real food cooking program for kids – one of my team members has been lucky enough to experience them at her local library and was very impressed. I love that there are 50 recipes, all whole foods, and every one we have tried has been incredibly delicious!!
Fix it and Forget it: Cooking with Kids
This was a recommendation from a reader: a slow cooker cookbook that is probably not 100% real food but looks like it has some good options.
Anise Loves GREEN Food
A kid’s picture book about a little boy who loves to draw and his sister who loves to cook, so perfect for Kids Cook Real Food! Leah has made almost every recipe in the book, we love it so much!
The International Cookbook for Kids
Stepping up to some harder recipes for ages 8+, but all made from scratch
Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
For the more advanced students. When you know a culinary ratio, it’s not like knowing a single recipe, it’s instantly knowing a thousand.
My First Kitchen Binder for Kids
Perfect for helping little cooks-in-training get started in the kitchen. Your child will not only have a helpful tool but a treasured keepsake to enjoy for years to come.
Real Food Nutrition & Health Curriculum
A textbook that is written at a high school level that teaches nutrition and health based on WAPF (Weston A Price) principles.
The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease – in children!
Dr. Madiha Saeed spent years compiling this incredible resource using FOOD (and lifestyle) to truly heal over 70 diseases that haunt children and families. I’ve met Dr. Saeed, and she is one of the most genuine, helpful, and positive people you can imagine. I highly recommend her book.
Simple Green Meals
This has been helping us get more vegetables in our diet, and these recipes are so unique and flavorful, plus gorgeous photos make us want to eat every one!
100 Days of Real Food on a Budget
This one is a new favorite, especially because Lisa’s girls have recipes in the book! She’s a big proponent of kids cooking and yours will be inspired by these photos and simple recipes (and you’ll be happy to save a few bucks per meal!).
The Wellness Mama Cookbook
This cookbook is not written specifically for kids, but as a mom of 6, my friend Katie (the author) includes a ton of kid-friendly recipes, all real food stuff, and plenty of things I know that her own kids make. We’ve been cooking from it regularly and have yet to find a recipe we didn’t love!
How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food — With 1,000 Photos by Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman Recipes Free for Kindle Fire Tablet/ Phone HDX HD
Free Cooking Mini-Series Classes by Craftsy
Cookbooks Members Love: