Parents' Choice: Top Toys for Kids Who Love Cooking

What combines chemistry, cuisine, creativity, and color — not to mention fractions, reading comprehension, and experimentation? Cooking, of course!

In the words of Bel-Air Bay Club executive chef Peter Edwards, "Being a chef is like being an artist, a tradesperson, and a creator — all in one career."

If your child has expressed an interest in cooking, feed that passion by introducing one of these engaging and educational toys.

1. New Sprouts Stir Fry

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What it is: Wok, veggie, and tongs set for pretend kitchen play

Parents’ Choice Award®: Recommended — “a staple for every preschooler's kitchen"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Kitchen activities and accessories

Ages: 2+

Price: $24.99 (purchase)

2. OTO Taco Truck/Ice Cream Truck

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What it is: A colorful child-sized cardboard food truck playhouse (which can be purchased as either a taco truck or an ice cream truck) featuring detailed artwork designs

Parents’ Choice Award®: Recommended — “right up a child’s playtime alley"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Pretend play, imagined worlds, art, food

Ages: 2+

Price: $59.00 (purchase)

3. Chop Chop

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What it is: A cooking magazine for kids who enjoy a wide variety of really good food

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “raising the bar for kids’ cooking"

Recommended for lovers of: Delicious global cuisine, cooking

Ages: 2–12; best for ages 7+

Price: $3.99 at the newsstand; $14.95 for 4-issue subscription (purchase)

4. Li’l Woodzeez Honeysuckle Street Treats Food Truck

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What it is: A realistic food truck with working parts and 88 food items as accessories

Parents’ Choice Award®: Recommended — “our testers were captivated"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Pretend play, food preparation and service, toys in motion

Ages: 3+

Price: $29.99 (purchase)

5. Our Generation Bite to Eat Diner

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What it is: A large-scale retro-style diner complete with a jukebox, stools, dessert display, and functional chalkboard and light, plus 80 accessories

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “colorful and detailed"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Pretend play, dolls, restaurants

Ages: 3+

Price: $120.99 (purchase)

6. Yeti in My Spaghetti

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What it is: A game of dexterity in which kids take turns removing fake noodles, trying to avoid letting the Yeti fall into the bowl

Parents’ Choice Award®: Recommended — “a fun-to-say and fun-to-play game"

Number of players: 2+

Recommended for lovers of: Dexterity games, concentration tasks, pick-up sticks

Ages: 4+

Price: $17.99 (purchase)

7. Bugs in the Kitchen

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What it is: A fast-paced strategy board game featuring a battery-operated hex-bug

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “this game is a keeper, and one we'll pull out time and again"

Number of players: 2–4

Recommended for lovers of: Strategy, bugs, multi-age play

Ages: 6+

Price: $29.99 (purchase)

8. Cooking Class

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What it is: An engaging cookbook featuring 57 delicious recipes that children can prepare themselves, with some supervision

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “a wonderful kitchen addition for the whole family as well as for classrooms with access to a kitchen"

Number of players: 1+ (plus an adult)

Recommended for lovers of: Cooking, new recipes, delicious food

Ages: 8–12

Price: $18.95 (purchase)

To discover other great educational toys for kids with a variety of interests, check out all nine gift guides from Noodle and Parents' Choice®.