Food and Christmas are so inextricably linked! Many kids are drawn to the kitchen and for little foodies this is a particularly exciting time. Christmas is a great time for getting children in the kitchen and helping. However, finding the right Christmas gifts for foodie kids can be a challenge.
As children get a bit older they don't want to use the boring old plastic sets or cut with "safe" knives. They want to feel that we trust them in the kitchen. I've put together the cream of the crop in terms of Christmas gifts for foodie kids, that will give them the confidence to explore and learn more in the kitchen.
Even if your child is not a foodie (yet!) or you want them to start learning and getting involved, these gifts will encourage them to get cooking.
Christmas Gifts For Foodie Kids
Bright Young Chefs Workshops
Bright Young Chefs is a cooking school in Fairlands, Johannesburg. Tanya, the owner, understands that cooking is a wonderful learning opportunity and knows how to make it fun for children. The kitchen is set up for kids with it's bright, cheerful design and everything is at kids' height.
Bright Young Chefs offers both cooking and baking courses for kids. You can sign your child up for weekly classes or join a once-off workshop. Keep an eye on the website for the launch of their food science workshops.
If you're not in Johannesburg, there are cooking courses for kids in most big cities. Try out your local one! Or for older children, try out an adult cooking class together.
The right recipe book can get kids excited about cooking and baking. The Usborne First Cookbook does exactly this. With its easy to follow language, appealing recipes and beautiful illustrations, it is the perfect starter recipe book for kids.
Available on Takelot for R205
Other fun recipes books are:
Fancy Nancy Tea Parties, includes tips for the perfect tea party and recipe cards - R250 from Book Depository
Complete Children's Cookbook by DK, features 150 recipes for children to try - R358 from Loot
The Everything Kids' Cookbook, makes food fun for kids - R149 from Takealot
Opinel LePetit Chef Prep Tools
Helping with meal preparation is a great way to develop kid's fine motor control. But kids don't always want to use the plastic or safety tooks we traditionally give them. The Opinel LePetit Chef Prep Tools are the perfect way to safely help teach children to prepare meals. Kids will feel trusted and will discover the joys of cooking, safely!
The range includes:
A knife and finger protector set - R499 from Yuppiechef
Le Petit Peeler - R239 from Yuppiechef
Junior Round Ended Safety Pocket Knife, 8cm - R259 from Yuppiechef
Le Petit Children's Chef Set (includes the knife and finger protector, and peeler) - R689 from Yuppiechef
If you know your way around a sewing machine, this is something you can easily make yourself. However, if like me, you are no good at sewing there are some cute options available.
I love everything personalised and for my birthday I received one of these custom Polkadot Box aprons. The kids ones are customisable too and come in a variety of colours. Check out the boys and girls aprons, they're just R190 on Hello Pretty.
LeCreuset Mini Bowls Set
Teaching kids about food presentation is an important part of teaching them to cook. Most kids love things in miniature, which makes the LeCreuset Mini Bowls set great for little foodies.
The set of 6 bowls is R950 from LeCreuset
And there's now (just in time for Christmas!) a set of 4 available for R715