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Children’s Cooking Utensils: Master List of Montessori Cooking Tools

If you are looking to get started with Montessori in your home, there is no better place than Practical Life activities right in your kitchen. Before you get started, though, you are going to need some children's cooking utensils.

You may be wondering why small-size cooking utensils are preferable over the ones you have in your kitchen currently. Can't you just use what you already have?

Let's get into this and learn why cooking utensils for small hands are so popular in the Montessori community and which ones are the best.

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Why choose children's cooking utensils?

If purchasing small versions of your kitchen utensils is not an option, of course, it is fine to use what you have on hand when you involve your child in cooking activities.

Not having child-size cooking utensils is no reason to avoid Practical Life in the kitchen.

Having small versions of kitchen utensils for kids is preferable, however, for the following reasons:

  • Easier for kids to access (ex: child can remove and carry small cutting board more easily than regular size)
  • Easier for kids to grip and use effectively
  • Safer (knives)
  • Promotes excitement about helping in the kitchen
  • Increases sense of self-importance
  • Increases chances of success in cooking activities

Children's Cooking Utensils: Master List of Montessori Cooking Tools

Every recommendation below is child-size, made specifically for children.

As always, it is important to monitor children closely during cooking activities, as well as teach proper knife, oven, and cooking surface safety.

Kids Cook! Knife Safety at Home” is a great video that demonstrates how parents and caregivers can help kids use knives safely.

Getting ready

Kitchen helper/learning tower

This is a safe piece of furniture that allows children to work safely and comfortably at counter height.

Foldable helper tower – Table & Chair…
  • HAPPY TOWER for a toddler is equipped with a blackboard surface…
  • HAPPY TOWER kitchen step stool which can be easily transformed…
  • DURABLE BUILD: and stable design safely bring your toddler to…
child on Montessori learning tower, cooking with parent.

Aprons

The first step when preparing to prepare food (after hand washing) is protecting their clothing with a child-size apron.

Having an extra apron or 2 on hand is always a great idea in case one is washing and another meal needs to be prepared.

Maitri Learning Montessori Preschool…
  • 100% cotton
  • Flexible, soft neck: We use an extra soft elastic neck that…
  • Strong fastener: We sew 4″ of velcro near the front/middle of the…

Oven mitt

A small oven mitt allows for children to maintain control of the items they are putting into and taking out of the oven.

DOERDO 3 Pack Kid Oven Mitts for…
  • Oven mitts for kids: Made of twill fabric plus with soft padding…
  • Convenient storage: Each oven mitt comes with a loop for easy…
  • Have fun: Thick protective padding and convenient hanging loop…

Cutting board

Having a small cutting board not only helps kids feel special and important, it is easier for them to carry and adjust.

Lipper International Bamboo Wood…
  • Set of 2 small cutting boards with two-tone on both sides;…
  • All purpose cutting boards are perfect for small and larger tasks…
  • Can also be used as serving snack plate

Measuring cups and spoons

Cooking is a great math activity and having easy-to-handle measuring utensils helps kids gain these benefits.

C.R. Gibson Kids in The Kitchen…
  • This measuring spoons and cups set for kids comes with 4…
  • Please note: ours kids measuring spoons and cups set will come in…
  • Help your little one learn all about baking and cooking…

Mixing bowls

These mixing bowls are equipped with no-skid bottoms and thumb grips on one side for stability.

Curious Chef 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set for…
  • PLAYFUL DESIGNS, REAL TOOLS: This mixing bowl set combines…
  • KID-FRIENDLY DESIGN: With a kid-friendly design, each tool is…
  • INCLUDED IN THE SET: This set includes three bowls of varying…

Chopping

Crinkle Cutter (also called a Wavy Chopper)

This is a great choice of cutting utensil for even the youngest chef. I introduced a crinkle cutter to my daughter at just 17 months.

The Joie brand is quite popular. We've had our Joie cutter for close to 6 years and it is still in use.

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Joie Crinkle Cutter Kitchen Knife for…
  • FUN PRODUCE: Try this colorful wavy cutter knife with fruits and…
  • GREAT FOR FRIES: Turn ordinary french fries into crinkle fries!…
  • CLASSY SALADS: No more boring salads! Use this knife to add some…

Wood knife

This is the safest cutting option. This knife is easy to grip for young children and, believe it or not, it is effective in cutting.

Toddler Knife for Kids Cooking – Maple…
  • Made with North American maple wood and finished with food safe…
  • Encourages healthy eating. Safely cut fruit, vegetables, bread,…
  • Montessori kitchen tools for toddlers is the perfect toddler…

Kinder kitchen knife set

This knife set great. The small size and no-slip grip design is perfect for kids.

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Kuhn Rikon “Kinder kitchen” Knife Set…
  • Dishwasher proof
  • Great for children
  • Cute dog design

Apple slicer

Safely cores and slices apples. The handles are no slip, which is great for kids.

Zulay 8 Blade Apple Slicer and Corer -…
  • Can't Fight This Peeling Anymore: If you love eating apples but…
  • Comfortable & Nonslip Handle: Ergonomically designed with…
  • 8 Sharp Blade Design: This razor-sharp apple corer and slicer is…

Mixing

Whisk

Stirring can be difficult for small children without the right tools. When something needs to be beaten, a small whisk lets kids do it successfully.

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Tovolo 6″ Mini Stainless Steel Whisk -…
  • STURDY WIRES FOR EASY MIXING: The sturdy stainless steel wires do…
  • WHIP UP SOMETHING SMALL: Fits perfectly in small mixing and soup…
  • STORE IN SMALL SPACES: The compact whisk slides easily into slim…

Spatula

These are great tools for stirring, scraping batter from mixing bowls, and for frosting cakes.

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Cuisinart Mini Spatulas (Set Of 3),…
  • Silicone Mini spatula
  • These Mini spatulas will brighten up your kitchen and make baking…
  • Scraping out batter is easy

Peeling

Veggie peeler

A peeler that reduces the strain on a child's wrist, increasing their chance of completing a peeling job.

Opinel Le Petit Chef Peeler For Children…
  • MONTESSORI TOOLS FOR THE KITCHEN: Outfitted with natural,…
  • LEARNING BY DOING: Kids learn best hands on, and with Le Petit…
  • PEELER: Rounding out Le Petit Chef set is the single…

Grater

This grater is child size and has 3 sides for various cooking projects.

Child size versions of sharp kitchen tools are always preferable because of safety.

Mini Garlic Grater, Stainless Steel…
  • 【Size】 3.14″ x 1.25″ x 0.98″ (8 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.5 cm)….
  • 【Color may be vary 】 Mini garlic color may be vary.
  • 【Not Losing 】It has magnet behind it. You do not lose it….

Fruit and veggie washing

Vegetable scrubber

A vegetable scrubber that fits perfectly in a child's palm will ensure nice clean fruits and vegetables for your recipe.

Curious Chef Children's Vegetable…
  • Teach your kids the importance of cleaning fruits and vegetables…
  • The vegetable scrubber is child-sized with soft-touch surface…
  • The durable bristles work just like any adult vegetable scrubber!

Herb grinding

Mortar and pestle

Grinding herbs for recipes or teas is a lot of fun for kids and it's great for building concentration and fine motor skills.

Having the child size version only increases the enjoyment and efficacy of the activity.

New Mini Wooden Mortar & Pestle Grinding…
  • Mini Wooden Mortar & Pestle Grinding Bowl Set
  • Size : 4.29 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches

Juicing

Hand juicer

This product is a great tool for kids looking to make a glass of fresh juice or to juice something to add to a recipe.

OXO Good Grips 2-in-1 Citrus Juicer,…
  • Snap on the small reamer for lemons and limes, or the large…
  • Measurement markings up to 350 mL
  • Drip-free pour spout

Baking

Cookie scoop

Scooping dough for cookies and other bite size baked items can be difficult, even for adults. This ice cream scoop doubles as the perfect cookie scoop for kids.

Social Chef Stainless Steel Cookie Scoop…
  • Precise Cookie Scooping: Achieve uniform, greatly sized cookies…
  • Effortless Trigger Release: Our cookie dough scooper features a…
  • Multi-Purpose Design: Not just for cookies! This small ice cream…

Rolling pin

Regular size rolling pins are clunky and hard for children to control.

This one is small and has generous space on the handles for children to find the perfect place for their hands.

HelferX 9 inch Small Wooden Rolling Pin…
  • Higher Quality: HelferX Small Wooden Rolling Pin is made from…
  • Small But Perfect: Smaller size but perfect for Rolling task,…
  • Conventional Design: Small Wooden Unique Size in Wooden: Smaller…

Cookie turner

This is designed for small hands and has a no slip handle.

Curious Chef Children's Nylon Cookie…
  • Our Curious Chef Nylon Cookie Turner is an excellent addition to…
  • Features an ergonomic handle perfect for small hands; soft touch…
  • Appropriate for young children ages 4+. Dishwasher safe

Cooking

Dash Mini Griddle

This product make eggs, cookies, pancakes, grilled cheese, and quesadillas.

This is one of the first kids cooking products we purchased for our children and it has allowed for a lot of independence in the kitchen.

If you haven't heard of the Dash Mini Griddle, definitely check it out. It is inexpensive and easy for kids to use.

DASH Mini Maker Electric Round Griddle…
  • MORE THAN PANCAKES: Make individual servings for eggs, cookies,…
  • COMPACT plus LIGHTWEIGHT: Weighing 1lb plus, this is a MUST-HAVE…
  • QUICK plus EASY: Simply plug it in and wait for indicator light…

Kids real cooking sets

If you are looking to purchase some of these items in a set, there are some really great ones available.

Kids cooking sets are a great gift option for someone who is looking to get their child started in the kitchen with children's cooking utensils.

Here are some of the most popular, top-rated kids cooking sets.

MasterChef Jr 9-Pc Set

Includes: Aprons, 3 recipe cards, cutting board, mixing bowl, measuring cups, measuring spoon, spatula, spoon, and tongs.

MasterChef Junior Cooking Essentials Set…
  • Officially licensed MasterChef Junior Cooking Essentials Set
  • Kids cooking kit comes with an apron, cutting board, mixing bowl,…
  • Set also features 3 unique recipe cards for all levels of…

Tovla Jr. Gift Set

Includes a portable reusable tool box For storage, 4 recipe cards, apron, measuring cups & measuring spoons, kitchen timer, pair of tongs, rolling pin, 3 nylon knives, spoon, spatula, wisk, 3 cookie cutters, and a cutting board.

Tovla Jr. Kids Real Cooking and Baking…
  • THE ULTIMATE COOKING SET FOR KIDS – This kids baking set includes…
  • THE PERFECT GIFT FOR ASPIRING YOUNG CHEFS – Empower Your Little…
  • BUILD YOUR CHILD'S CONFIDENCE with a Recipe Book – Our set…

To get your little chef started in the kitchen, The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs is a great book with over 100 fun and easy recipes.

For more cookbook recommendations for toddlers and preschoolers, click here.


Involving your young child in the kitchen is great for their development and it can be a lot of fun for parents and caregivers.

It's important to be prepared with these cooking utensils for small hands.

For some fun, children's book-inspired, cooking activity ideas, check out Melissa's post on cooking activities that are inspired by books.

She gives cooking activity ideas for books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Fry Bread, and If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Very fun.

What real cooking utensils does your little one use in the kitchen? Do you find they prefer the version made for children?

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Brittany Fiero

Monday 10th of May 2021

I love the idea of kids learning to cook. There are so many great lessons to be learned in the kitchen and it’s a great way to bond with them. My little one would benefit from a lot of the products you listed. The mini rolling pin is so adorable!

Stephanie V.

Monday 10th of May 2021

Love these ideas to get my kiddos in the kitchen! Thanks!!

Angelika

Monday 10th of May 2021

The Master Chef cooking set is absolutely adorable! I love it! It’s one of my favorite shows as well! The complete baking book is really awesome as well, and that would make a really cute and unique gift for any child!