1. Measured Success Accuracy is key to good gastronomy. Bonus points for sneaking maths homework into dinner prep. $9.95, victoriasbasement.com.au Photo: Wolter Peeters 2. A Cut Above Knife skills take time to learn. Plastic, cheese or butter knives are a good way to start cutting through dough. Scissors are gentler for herbs, and slicing pizza is simple fun. Kitchen scissors, $24.95, kitchenwaredirect.com.au; Photo: Wolter Peeters 3. Keep it Clean Designed for the tiniest of chefs, this apron is great for playing house, and doubles as a bib when the hard work is done. $76.30, jcrew.com or odettewilliams.com Photo: Wolter Peeters 4. Place Saver This might be the perfect placemat: non-slip, dirt resistant, easily cleaned with a lip around the edge to contain spills and made of non-toxic, food-grade silicone. $24.95, scandikid.com.au; Yum Yum plate $2, kmart.com.au; Yum Yum fork and spoon set, $2, kmart.com.au Photo: Wolter Peeters 5. Good Grind Smarties, nuts, chocolate or cheese, there is not much this mini grinder won't slice and dice. Ideal for DIY dessert toppings. $24.95,davidjones.com.au Photo: Wolter Peeters 6. Food Play For the days you can't handle the food fights or mess try plush toys instead. $14.95, ikea.com.au Photo: Marten Linton 7. Cold Snap Teach kids the real meaning of "frozen" with ice-block and ice-cream makers. Polar pop moulds from $20.95, davidjones.com.au; ice-cream maker $14.95 thechillfactor.com Photo: Wolter Peeters 8. Work Bench Try using a bench seat as a child-sized table. It will be easier for little people to reach everything. Foldable bench, $80, ikea.com.au Photo: Bjorn Dahlgren 9. Nice Mix This wooden mixer is replete with detachable bowl and blade ? just like mum and dad's. $54.95, limetreekids.com.au Photo: David Graeme-Baker 10. On High The most stylish high chair this season. $599, danestudio.com.au Photo: Supplied of Encourage the budding chefs in the family with these top tools.