Are you looking for a rainy afternoon activity to do with your little ones? If so, then baking and cooking with your children is a fun activity that turns into a tasty reward and a means to get them interested in food. Plus, it will allow them to understand what they are eating and the ingredients used.
With the best baking and cooking sets, your children can become your mini sous-chefs with their own child-safe kitchen tools and accessories.
Whether your child is more of a Jamie Oliver who likes to help out with dinner or a little Mary Berry who enjoys making sweet treats, we have compiled a list of the best cooking sets. Plus other items such as personalised cooking accessories, junior baking subscription boxes and even pretend play kitchen sets to get them started on their cooking journey.
Check out our pick of the best cooking and baking sets for your little chefs ...
Lakeland Kids' Real Cookware 48pc Ultimate Baking Gift Set
Suitable age: 3+
If you love the look of the children cooking utensils from Lakeland, your kids will enjoy this huge 48 piece set perfect for any mini Mary Berrys or Paul Hollywoods out there.
Contains: One rolling pin, one pastry brush with nylon bristles, one silicone spatula, one balloon whisk, six plastic measuring spoons, ten assorted plastic cookie cutters, one mini loaf tin, one mini tartlet tin, one 6-hole mini cupcake tin, six mini silicone cupcake cases, 2-piece silicone mini cake pop mould, one cake pop stand, 12 reusable cake pop sticks, one decorating tool, four spring-loaded icing cutters – butterfly, bird, flower and heart and three piping bags with eight nozzles.
One reviewer said: 'I gave this to my great-grandson. He loves it. His mum was jealous and said that he had better equipment than her. I guess the rating is perfect.'
Dino Apron for Toddlers
This adorable dinosaur apron will fit baking and dinosaur enthusiasts from toddler age to adult. So why not match the whole family?
Mum Sophie says: "My baking mad kid feels like a professional in her new apron!"
Lakeland Children's Baking Gift Set – 5 Mini Baking Tools
Suitable age: 3+
This colourful, sturdy and flexible kids cooking set from Lakeland is fantastic for budding home cooks. They can get involved in flipping pancakes to stirring brownie batter - and then licking the spoon of course.
Contains: Whisk, turner, spatula, 'spoonula' and basting brush
Personalised Kids Baking Set and Apron
These gorgeous personalised baking items will surely delight your little star baker. You can buy the apron by itself or add a five-piece wooden baking set and bag to the alphabet apron. Any name and text can be added to the front of the apron, and each piece is hand-designed.
Review: "I love this utensil set with a personalised apron ..excellent quality, my niece will love it."
Personalised Kids Baking Set
This set from Rocket and Fox on Not on the High Street can be customised with a name for your child or as a gift for a little baker. The wooden baking set is a great sustainable option as it is made from beechwood. To personalise enter the person's name (max 13 characters including spaces) for the utensils, bag and apron.
Contains: a rolling pin, spatula, pastry brush, spoon and cutting board.
Wipe Clean Children's Apron
Kids, as you know, can be mucky pups, and when it comes to cooking and baking, they are no different. Instead of trying to fit them into an oversized adult apron, get them the right-sized apron that wipes clean, so they can mess about all they like and making the cleaning aftermath easier for you.
Review: "My toddler loves to help with the dishes - this waterproof apron keeps the front of her shirt dry!"
Children's Baking Set for Cupcakes and Cookies by Little Pals
Suitable age: 4+
This all in one pink set by Little Pals has all the baking equipment needed to make cakes, biscuits and all sorts of sweet treats - all in one bag.
It contains: a mixing bowl, utensils, cake cases and cookie cutters as well as recipe cards, all in the flower and butterfly theme.
One Grandma said, "I bought for this for my Granddaughters Xmas present as she loves baking. It is a great little set and it is good that it can be packed away in its own bag."
Jiodux Folding Step Stool
Sometimes a little step up can give small kids the lift they need to get stuck in and get hands-on cooking. No more peeping up at the kitchen worktop on tiptoes. Now they can channel their inner Michelin Chef.
Review: "After using it for a while, we find out the whole family likes this little stool. It is a very good size for a child and also sturdy while easy to carry anywhere. I would recommend."
Baking Wizards Deluxe Kids Baking u0026 Cooking Set With Apron
Suitable age: 4+
Baking Wizards have made a set that is designed especially for kids that love getting inventive in the kitchen. All of the items are dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to clean after a creative afternoon.
The set contains: a machine-washable apron, 20 kitchen accessories and utensils such as a rolling pin, cookie cutters and a whisk.
Review: "The Kids Baking set arrived safely, and I sent it off to my granddaughter, Poppy, for her 5th birthday along with a "Free From" cookery book as she has Coeliac Disease, is lactose intolerant, and her sister is allergic to eggs."
"She phoned me on her birthday before school, absolutely delighted with her baking set. She loves cooking because she can make things that are expensive to buy already made. Whenever I visit, I have a cooking session with the girls and they love it. Their mum and dad are both good cooks too. Thank you for a superb baking set."
Handstand Kitchen 75-piece Ultimate Real Baking Set
Suitable age: 6+
The Handstand Kitchen Real Baking Set consists of 75 items making it the most extensive cooking set on the list. If your child is really into cooking and baking, this will make a wonderful gift. You will also receive a recipe leaflet containing eight recipes along with the baking kit. An added benefit is that all of the baking tools and equipment are perfectly sized to be handled by both older children and adults so everyone can get involved.
Contains: 75 items including a silicone spatula, a pastry brush, a mixing bowl with an anti-slip base, ten cookie cutters, a whisk, a decorating pen, four fondant cutters and more.
Review: "I got this as a gift for my six-year-old nephew. He loved it. He was able to handle everything, and it was all easy for him to help clean. He was super happy."
Childrens Dinosaur Baking Set
Suitable age: 5+
This dinosaur-themed cupcake kit will be perfect for Jurassic Park obsessed children. This cupcake activity set from Gusto Kids would be the ideal way to spend a rainy afternoon.
The baking set contains: 15 pieces of baking tools, including six silicone cupcake holders, one piping bag with eight nozzles, a cupcake display stand, two sticker sheets, an icing mould, an instructions book, and cupcake recipes.
Review: "It was a great purchase and kept kids entertained. Plus it can be re-used again and again. Worth the money."
Nadiya Hussain Deluxe Baking Set
Suitable age: 4+
Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain has made this cute set with children in mind. So you can teach your kids the skills to become a star baker or triumph in the technical challenge.
It contains: one silicone rolling pin with plastic handle, silicone whisk with metal handle, silicone spatula, 2.5l mixing bowl (microwave safe), 12 reusable silicone cupcake cases, sieve, 3 metal cookie cutters with safe silicone edge, Measuring spoons (¼ tsp, ½ tsp, 1 tsp, ½ tbsp, 1 tbsp) and an apron plus 6 recipe cards.
One reviewer said: 'I looked at a lot of children's baking sets before buying this one and was very pleased. High quality products and a good range, especially pleased with the cookie cutters being metal ones, rather than the cheap and nasty plastic ones. Yes you could say this set is a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. My six-year-old granddaughter was over the moon with it (Christmas present) and has already used it."
Bebester Kids Chef Set
Suitable age: 3+
Kit out your little sous-chef in proper uniform, and they will feel like they work in a five-star restaurant. This set comes in blue and pink and can be used for dress up or baking in the kitchen.
This set includes: a chef's hat, apron, oven mitt, hot pad, wooden spoon, hand mixer, rolling pin and four cookie cutters.
One happy reviewer said: "Bought this for my grandson who's 20 months; he looks so cute in it. We made some biscuits together, and the utensils are the perfect size for him. The biscuits tasted nice as well."
GILOBABY Kitchen Pretend Toy Set
Suitable age: 3+
Perhaps your little one isn't ready to hit the kitchen just yet and would prefer to play with pretend utensils first. This lovely high-quality set is highly rated on Amazon and will get their interest sparked in cooking and allow them to play chef and cook for the family.
The set contains: Two cooking pots, two pot covers, three pans, five cooking utensils, one cutting board, one knife, one carrot, one chilli, one eggplant, one cabbage, one watermelon, one kiwi fruit, one egg, one fish and one crab.
Mum review: "This set is lovely. Not too small as some other brands. Just the right size. Good quality items. Kids are in love with that. It looks like a Le Creuset pans and pots."
Bee Smart Kids Kitchen Toy Toddler Play Kitchen Playset
Suitable age: 3+
This kitchen has rave reviews and is a great way to get your child to play creatively and practise their fine motor skills. The set is colourful, vibrant and the knobs turn to make a clicking sound which adds some extra realism for pretend play.
This kitchen set includes: kitchen utensils, pans, chopping board and condiments set.
Aunty review: "This adorable, compact kitchen has everything a young chef needs to be creative! It's been a huge hit with my (almost) 3-year-old niece, who has prepared, baked, sliced, stirred, and seasoned EVERY variety of Velcro food group she can lay her hands on - the adults can't resist helping either!"
"It's small but perfectly formed and SO much easier to store out of sight when not in use. The chopping board slides away using notches cut into the inside of the leg frame, which is a simple yet effective touch too."
RosewineC Kids Kitchen Knife Set and Cutting Board
Suitable age: 4+
Don't worry about accidents because this plastic knife set from Joyodelf allows kids to join your kitchen and become independent cooks with no risk of injury! The items are BPA-free, and the non-slip handles of the kitchen knives help enhance accuracy so you kids can chop away and even help with a Sunday roast.
The set included: One strawberry shape cutting board and six serrated edges knives.
Review: "It is perfect for using with the kids to cut up veg on a Sunday. Not the sharpest as you would expect, so not the best of cuts when my youngest is using them but nice to know they can learn about food and cooking and be safe and have no accidents when helping out!"
Little Cooks Cooking Kit Monthly Subscription
What is more exciting than a monthly subscription box? If your child has shown an interest in cooking and food, then the Little Cook box would be a fab gift or activity to do with them. Each pack contains an annual record to track their baking journey. Plus, dry, organic ingredients they need to make their healthy bake.
They also include different games and activities that help nurture your little one's creativity and curiosity. We love that they include seeds too, so you can teach your children the origins of food. Each kit consists of a new healthy baking recipe card plus inspiration for a savoury family meal.
Review from Vicky from Free Time With The Kids Blog: "I was impressed with how much easier it was to bake using this box vs our normal mess explosions (think GBBO Laura levels of mess). Plus the kids could be totally self sufficient. I think, even if you’re not keen on baking yourself, it’s a great way to get the kids cooking. The fact the ingredients are so healthy is a massive plus too. Now I have a new way of making rocky roads without all the guilt!"
Junior Baking Club 3 Months Subscription
The monthly junior baking kit is posted through your letterbox so you can enjoy a sweet recipe each month. Each box contains all the dry ingredients, packed in the correct quantities to give you the satisfaction of baking from scratch but without the faff. There are even some added extras such as baking paper and piping bags.
A promising review from Jane: "I love doing these kits with my 12 year old foster daughter - she can read the recipes and guidelines, there's still enough for her to do and work out to keep her engaged, but not overwhelmed."