Have you ever noticed that when the kiddos help with preparing a meal or snack that they are much more enthusiastic about experimenting with new tastes and expanding their horizons? Something about getting hands on with the cooking gives them that sense of ownership and a willingness to branch out from their usual fare. That is one of the big reasons I love kids cooking gift baskets.
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The eager kiddo recipients get to learn skills that will last them a lifetime while bonding with the adult(s) that are helping them cook. They also have the potential to grow their “will eat” list without even realizing it because they are having so much fun.
Here are 20 suggestions of items to put in your gift basket. Always keep kid’s age and safety in mind when putting together your basket.
Monogrammed Dish Towel
Plastic or Metal Mixing Bowls
Plastic or Metal Measuring Cups
Rolling Pin-The Curious Chef Non Stick Rolling Pin is a good one for ages three and up.
Tupperware Storage Containers
Baking and Cake Mixes-An easy way for the kids to experience their first baking projects.
Decorative Frosting Pouch
Herb Seed Packets-Herbs such as basil, cilantro, chives, dill, and parsley are so easy to grow in a pot or garden. (Make sure that Mom and Dad know the seeds are in the gift basket so any younger kids do not try to ingest seeds.)
Watering Can-That way the kiddos can water their herb or vegetable seeds and tend to them to keep them growing.
Apron, Chef’s Hat-The younger kid crowd (ages 3 to 7) may really enjoy something like the The Little Cook / Child’s 5-piece Apron Set.
Oven Mitts-If you are giving to the ages 3-7 set, The Little Cook / Child’s Oven Mitts will be a good fit. Of course, an adult will need to help supervise any use of oven mitts around a heated appliance.
Cookbook–Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking)and Emeril’s There’s a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone are two good cookbooks to get the kiddos started.
A Kids Cooking Gift Basket is winner of gift with lasting impact. If you would like to find a cooking-related gift for an adult too, 8 Fantastic Cookbook Gifts That Will Get Used Over and Over, will be of help.