disclosure: we received a set of Handstand Kitchen tools for purposes of review, all thoughts are entirely our own.
I can’t say enough about the importance of getting kids involved in cooking. Teaching kids about how to prepare the foods they eat gives them ownership of what they put in their bodies, encourages them to try new things, fosters “together time” and is a perfect STEAM learning opportunity. With this in mind I was eager to try the Handstand Kitchen Intro to Baking Set.
First let me say I have never seen such a beautiful set of kids kitchen tools. I mean look at this whisk…it’s lovely! In practice I had mixed feelings about the set. Please keep in mind that I am a professional chef that has clocked way too many hours in the kitchen and been very adamant about sharing my culinary passion with my two daughters.
These are indeed real cooking tools, not toys. All of them are well made with good materials and seem sturdy and durable. The Basting Brush, Whisk and Spatula are all great. They are sized for a child to use and they do their job well.
While I am a big believer in the idea of designing tools for little hands to use, I do wish that tools that are miniaturized in such a way would be more practical to use. That was how I felt about the rolling-pin. My seven-year old tried it out and then wanted to use my full size pin. The tiny pin, though gorgeous, was only big enough to roll out one cookie and my daughter didn’t feel like she was “really” cooking. My three-year old liked it more and it was perfect for her to feel like she’s participating in the actual cooking.
My older daughter felt the same way about the mini loaf pan. She didn’t want to make a tiny banana bread (“Mom, we can’t use that. Dad will eat that in one bite!”). She wanted to make a full-sized loaf of bread and take pride in making breakfast for the whole family. Again, it’s better for the younger ones and works perfectly for a “Tea party”.
The adorable recipe cards that come with the set are easy to follow along and use. They make for a great start into the world of baking for little people.
I think the Handstand Kitchen Intro to Baking Set is just that – an introduction. It’s perfect for a younger child who just wants to be in the kitchen with you and mess around with food parallel to the work you are doing or a family that hasn’t done much with their children in the kitchen so far. I can already see that the mini rolling-pin is going to be a great way to keep my toddler busy with a lump of dough while I am making our Christmas cookies, and it will encourage her to hang with me and her big sister so we can broaden her culinary horizons.
Final thoughts: this set would make for a great family gift to encourage time together in the kitchen! There are SO many lessons that children learn from cooking!
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Intro To Baking • Ages 3+ • $25
Start a lifelong love of baking with this hands-on cooking set. Packaged in see-through box with ribbon handle, this 17-piece set will make anyone on your shopping list VERY happy. The kit includes a loaf pan, whisk, rolling-pin, spatula, pastry brush, mixing spoon, silicone cupcake liners and more!
Pizza Making Set • Ages 3+ • $30
No need to tip the delivery guy, have a make-your-pizza party at home! This all-inclusive kit makes one mouth-watering pizza from scratch with a 12-piece set. All utensils and recipes from pizza pan and rolling-pin to whole wheat dough and tomato sauce are in the box. There’s even a recipe for dessert pizza. Yum!
Cookies For Santa Set • Ages 3+ • $40.00
Ho-Ho-Ho! That jolly guy in the red suit will stay a little longer on December 24 to munch on these cookies. The holiday baking set includes 18 pieces to kickstart an annual traditional of cookie swaps. Inside the kit are 4 cookie cutters, 4 cookie presses, cookie turner, frosting bottle, spatula, mixing spoon, pastry brush and more! Licking your fingers is highly encouraged!