Every young chef needs the proper tools to create his or her culinary masterpiece. A great set of plastic cookware for kids is the Young Chef Play Cookware Set (Vendor Site) (ages 3 and up). The 11-piece set made of colorful plastic includes a large stockpot with lid, small stockpot with lid, frying pan with lid, large spoon, knife, skimmer, spatula, and ladle. Another good choice is the Junior Chef Enamel Cookware (Compare Prices)Set. This 8-piece set comes with 2 pots, a pan, 2 lids, spatula, spoon, and skimmer.
Several companies, such as Little Tikes and Play Gourmet, make plastic appliances for kids like the Little Tike Cookin Fun Blender (ages 2 and up) and the Play Gourmet Hand Mixer (ages 3 and up). KidKraft makes some very nice wooden toy appliances like their blender (Compare Prices), toaster (Compare Prices), and stand mixer (Compare Prices)sets.
Kids really love toy foods and they can be an important part of imaginative play. Plastic or wood fruits and vegetables can be found in most toy stores and department stores. A nice set is Peel 'n' Play Veggies (Where to Buy)by Small World Toys (3 years and up). The 13-piece set includes plastic vegetables that kids can peel and cut. The vegetables make cutting sounds when cut. Haba (Available from shops like Oompa Toys) and Melissa & Doug (Available at Target)both have extensive collections of well-made wooden play foods.
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