Home Food & Drink 15 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Mealtime (& Prep) More Fun By Amber GuetebierOctober 13, 2021 Search more like this bakingbaby-foodsensory-friendlytraveleasy-to-usepeanut-butterschool-agedstory-timeutensilnapkindishwashercold-brewkitchensilicone Read next Food & Drink 10 Splurge-Worthy Keepsake Gifts for Baby Food & Drink 30 Meaningful Activities for Families to Try in November Food & Drink New Health & Safety Innovations for Babies & Toddlers Food & Drink 12 Creative Crazy Hair Ideas That Won’t Stress You Out Food & Drink Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya Is Making a Big Splash The kitchen is the center of any family home: from cooking to eating together, it’s a chance for busy families to reconnect with one another and fill their hungry tummies. We’re crushing on a few new and cool gadgets that are full of whimsy, fun and convenience. Scroll below to find the new object of your foodie affection. photo: Apollo Box Kitty Peeler Not only is this little peeler adorable, but it's also easy for little hands to hold. Just remove the ears, and you'll find the peeling blade. It should come in very handy for all those potatoes you need to peel for Thanksgiving mash. The handle also has a tiny grater, perfect for a bit of parm. $10. Get it here. photo: EZPZ EZPZ Play Mat This dishwasher-safe silicone mat not only makes mealtime fun, but it's also perfect for those eaters who like their foods "separate" whenever possible. We also love this mat for holiday baking (you can use all the compartments for different cookie toppings) and even crafting supplies. Because it's easy to wash, there's no problem using it for a variety of things. It comes in an array of colors and sizes (some have more "mat" areas for crafting, etc.). Starting at $20, get yours here. photo: Apollo Box Nessie Ladle Dive deep into pots of soup and stews with this long-necked, footed ladle in the shape of the elusive Loch Ness Monster. $20. Get yours here. Construction Plate and Utensils Make mealtime extra fun with this construction-themed plate and utensil set. Now all those noises you make to get the food down the hatch might sound so out of place! Buy them here, $20 & up. photo: Apollo Box Bear Hands Oven Mitts Protect hands from burns and amuse your guests with these silly-sweet oven mitts that look exactly like bear paws, made with insulated cotton with heat-resistant silicone pads. It makes a great hostess gift, too! $31 a pair. Find them here. photo: Peleg Design The Gratiator Get your knights to gather around the table with this adorable but functional cheese grater that looks like a dagger. Enough said, right? You will never buy the pre-shredded cheese again. We’re pretty sure you’ll have a few volunteers to pitch in with meal prep with this one. Shop for yours now, $14. Emoji Cookie Cutters It's cookie baking season, and your kids will love whipping up a batch of sugar cookies in the shape of emojis! You'll get three in the set for $19. Buy yours here. photo: Animi Causa Lemoniere Lemon Juicer It’s a juicer, it’s a miniature watering can, and it’s a ton of fun! Perfect for your favorite salad dressing, just squeeze the lemon juice directly in, add whatever seasonings and oil you might want and then sprinkle directly onto your greens. This just might get them to eat those veggies! Get yours here for $22. photo: Animi Causa The Brain Drain Kids love playing in soapy water, so take advantage of that and get them to do a few dishes (non-breakables are fine). Even the most reluctant rinser will perk up when they see the Brain Drain, a clever little sponge holder that looks like a skull. And as a bonus, you can use it to hold a body scrubber in the bath, too. Find yours here for $17. photo: Animi Causa Veggie Pops Whether you’re introducing carrots to a wee one’s diet or making fancy popsicles for a playdate, this adorable popsicle maker will bring on squeals of delight. How can you go wrong? Find it here for $17. photo: QD Foodie Their First Kitchen Utensil Set Whether they're into banging on pots and pans or have graduated to helping in the kitchen, set your little chefs up for success with this seven-piece utensil set from Q.D. Foodie. The utensils feature sensory-friendly, easy-to-grip handles, have braille on the measuring pieces and mimic real fruits and veggies. Get yours at qdfoodie.com for $60. photo: Animi Causa Karoto Original + Karoto Julienne They look like giant pencil sharpeners, but they produce julienne-style results that can easily be formed into garnishes, thereby making your food look 10x fancier. Get the set of two here for $20. photo: Animi Causa Bloom Rose Napkin Holders From birthday parties to everyday eats, these napkin holders make mealtime more like story time. Easy to use, you just grab any napkin (cloth, paper) and fold it in half, give Bloom a twist and bam! Your napkin just became petals. Whimsy with a side of good manners? Yes, please. Buy your set here, $20/set of 4. photo: OXO OXO Tot Stick & Stay Suction Divided Plate You want kiddo to learn to eat from a real plate but don't want said plate tossed on the floor. Your solution: OXO Tot's new stick and stay divided plate. The curved side walls encourage your babe to feed herself, and it suctions to any surface—it's easy for mom and dad to remove, not so easy for the baby. Gets yours at OXO.com for $9.99. photo: Animi Causa Splatypus Jar Scraper Spatula Never miss out on the last little bits of jam or peanut butter thanks to the Splatypus jar scraper. This little spatula is just $17; you'll save that much in jam in a year alone. Get it here. —Amber Guetebier, Erin Lem, Gabby Cullen All images courtesy of companies.