Tis’ the season to get cheffin’! We’ve partnered with Michelle Piccolo (@feedingourtoddlers) to curate her recommendations for your young chefs. Michelle is our go-to contact when it comes to recipes for our little ones. With her help, we’ve curated a list of gifts and activities that will surely get your little ones in a cooking mood. 

Melissa and Doug

Cutting Fruit Set - $19.99

This set features a wooden knife and seven wooden pieces of sliceable fruit. The pieces are held together with self-stick tabs, making a crunchy sound when sliced. My son always loves playing with this toy as it can be a challenge for young ones to work on their knife skills and slice each piece of fruit. They are playing and learning at the same time, win-win!

Pottery Barn Kids

Soft Pasta Set - on sale $22.99

This adorable, plastic-free pasta set includes a pot with a lid, a colander, spoon, spaghetti spoon, pastry wheel and 15 pieces of pasta. All kids love pasta, so this gets the kids to "help" cook some up in the kitchen.

kiko+ & gg

Hamburger & Fries Instrument Set - $29

This is a great 2 for 1 toy as the hamburger and fries double as musical instruments. Designed with beech wood and felt, the hamburger maraca clicks and clacks and the fries are cute little rattles.

Odette Williams

Kids Apron - $49

For those that love to play dress up, this is a beautifully-designed apron any chef in the making would love to wear. In addition to the apron, it also features a wooden rolling pin, wooden spoon, and wooden spatula. 

Tender Leaf Toys

Wooden Breakfast Tray - $34.95

I love this super cute and super fun wooden breakfast tray, made with slots to fit everything needed for a delicious breakfast. Plus it can help teach your little one how to set the table, too. 

Cook in a Book

My First Cookbooks - $63.74

The beautifully-designed set features cookbooks focused on kid favorites: pancakes, pizza, tacos, and cookies! Each book is interactive and features wheels, tabs, textures, and sliders that help kids engage in each step of the cooking process, while removable pop-outs of the finished foods allow them to share their creations. 

Gift Cooking Experiences

Sometimes the best gift is, well, the gift of learning. Let the little ones in your life develop their cooking skills even more with gift cards to these festive providers.

Chicago

The Kitchen Table (Ages 3 - 17 years)

Fun, interactive, and educational! The Kitchen Table offers a variety of classes, with kid-friendly tools that will allow children to explore their interest in cooking at a young age.

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Hoboken, New Jersey

Sugarsuckle (Ages 2 - 18+ years)

Looking for a cookie decorating workshop? Sugarsuckle is the spot for you. Join them for fun and edible arts and crafts activities, where cookies and icing are the creative mediums. Just be prepared to eat your creations upon completion...

Purchase a Gift Card

New York

Freshmade NYC (Ages 2 - 18+ years)

We’re huge Freshmade fans, and you will be too! Their programs offer hands-on classes for children. Plus, they’ll learn how to think independently and socialize with some new friends! 

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The Dynamite Shop (Ages 8 - 18 years)

With the help from the Dynamite Shop, the rising generation of cooks is going to find their niche in food. They celebrate the diversity in our communities and the wider world, and develop positive relationships around food.

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The Dough Project (Ages 6 months - 4 years)

Who says cooking has to be just about food? The Dough Project utilizes plant-based, food-grade ingredients and real life-cooking tools to build a “sensory kitchen experience” that supports growth across developmental domains.  

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