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A List of Kitchen Tools for Children 1 to 4 years

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I wanted to make a list of the kitchen tools we have used over the years. The ages listed below are approximate. When you introduce these materials to your child depends not only on your child and their previous work in the kitchen but also on you and how much you want to do. We also know that some children love making snack, love baking while others aren't so interested. Follow the child!

Please feel free to add anything I have missed. I have provided links to products we have used and where the link might be helpful, some materials can be found easily and other may take some tracking down. Ikea and thrift stores are good for a few bits and pieces, you might find some materials at specialist kitchen stores. My advice is to look at the list and plan ahead a little bit, keep an eye out for materials you might like your children to use in the future. Remember children will need a demonstration on how to use these materials, they may need assistance and supervision is always required.


12-18 months +



Mini Tongs

Crinkle Cutter, Crinkle Cutter with a Handle or First Knife (Australia here and here)

Small Wooden Spoon


Masher (Australia here)

Wooden Scoop

Pastry Brush

Small Colander

Vegetable Brush

Small Mixing Bowl

Chopping Board


Compost Bucket


2-3 years +



Rolling Pin

Cookie Cutters

Sifter (1 Cup is a good capacity for children)


Measuring Cups and Spoons

Measuring Jug

Whisk (Australia here)


Hand/Egg Beater

Kitchen (Egg) Timer

Flip/Turner (Australia here)

Strawberry Slicer

Egg Slicer

Apple Slicer (Australia here)

Cherry Pitter (Australia here)

Pasta Maker, Ravioli Cutter

Small Serrated Knife  

Melon Baller (Australia here)

Butter Maker (Australia here)

Juicer/Citrus Reamer

Apple Peeler and Slicer

Mortar and Pestle

Spice Grinder or Nutmeg Mill

Electric skillet (Australia here)


3-4 years +

Nut Cracker (similar Australia here)

Garlic Crusher

Pizza Cutter

Potato Ricer


Toaster Oven

Grain Mill

Hand Crank Juicer


I hope you've found this list helpful!

If you need some ideas on how to present these materials have a look in our kitchen category.  

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