Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tools and Knives

If you’re looking for kid-friendly kitchen knives, cookware, and tools you’ve come to the right place!

Katie Kimball, creator and teacher of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, and expert in kid friendly kitchen tools and knivesKatie 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 15,000 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.

Kids Cooking Tools - Kitchen Knives and Accessories for Kids

Kid-Friendly Knives

We made a video for you! All the knives marked with an asterisk * are demonstrated in the video.

Kid-Friendly Knife Review from Kids Cook Real Food

If you can’t see the video above, click Best Kitchen Knives for Kids to view it directly on YouTube.

Kids’ Kitchen Tools


    • 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)
    • Sprout Kids Toddler TowerNorpro 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!)

If you have very young children, instead of having them stand on a chair to help in the kitchen, consider this Toddler Tower from Sprout Kids. You can use the code kidscookrealfood for 10% off!

Kid's Kitchen Items - Gadgets and Tools for Kids in the Kitchen

Kids Kitchen Items - Kitchen Tools that are Kid Friendly

More Kid-Friendly Kitchen Tools

    • Tongs:
      • Mini tongs are for small children (Beginner Level) to move cut items to a plate or to serve – good for finger dexterity and pencil grasp!
      • Pampered Chef Bamboo Tongs
      • Multiple lengths of silicone/stainless steel tongs – the easiest we’ve found for turning veggies while sautéing and not burning fingers, and the ring lock is awesome!!! (Here’s another option)
    • Spatulas & Turners:
    • Whisks: 
    • Measuring Cups & Spoons:
      • OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Measuring Cups (Amazon)(OXO) and Measuring Spoons (Amazon)(OXO)- these hold together with a magnet so no messing with rings
      • Spring Chef Measuring Spoons – fits in the jar! (My mom and I bought these for a wedding shower and I couldn’t help but think how perfect they are for our Beginners learning measuring. When you have to “pour” from a spice jar into a spoon, even adults sometimes make a mess. With little ones’ small motor skills still developing, a little “shake-a-shake-a” can turn into a big dump. I love that these spoons will go right into the spice jar! You might still need a spill bowl to snowplow it flat for “No Holes, No Hills,” but most 4yos and up can do a little side-to-side shake inside the jar and save a lot of time.)
      • {{Budget-friendly}} Set of Measuring Cup with Colored Handles AND Stainless Steel Spoons that fit in the jar – we purchased these to test out and love them so far!
      • Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cups (helpful to have a range of them in your kitchen, also nice for pouring practice for little ones)

Childrens Cookware - Kids Cooking Accessories

Recommended Cookware

I feel like choosing a pot set for someone else is like telling them what mattress is perfect, so personal! But for safety, I prefer stainless steel only, no non-stick, and heatproof non-metal handles. If you’re thinking kids, think lighter weight and lids that are easy to get off. Here are a few sets that caught my eye since the old standard Revereware seems to have gone out of business (sniff, sniff!).

Kids Bakeware - Children's Baking Accessories

Tools for a Kid-Friendly Kitchen - Small Appliances

We Love These Small Appliances for Kid-Chefs

Kids Cooking Ingredients

Ingredients We Use in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse

  • Seasonings:
    • 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.
  • Other:

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.

Kid-Friendly Kitchen Knives, Cookware & Gadgets to Get Kids Cooking

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!).

Wellness Mama Cookbook - Kid FriendlyThe 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

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