Meal kits for kids invite children into the kitchen

Meal kit offerings have grown in the past few years, and home chefs of nearly all skill levels can find an option that works for them. That skill level now extends to children, as new subscription boxes include not only meals meant to be eaten by kids but also those meant to be cooked by them.


Baking company Foodstirs was co-founded by Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame—one of many TV shows receiving the modern, more diverse re-creation treatment—to provide an easy option for parents and children to bake together. Each baking kit, available a la carte or in a monthly subscription, provides kid-friendly instructions to create a delicious treat made of organic, fair trade, non-GMO ingredients. This spring Foodstirs also launched cake-in-a-mug mixes at U.S. Starbucks locations.


Little Sous, an online platform for families geared toward connecting parents and children in the kitchen, launched its own cooking kit subscription with kid-friendly contents. The boxes include at least one main ingredient and tools, tips, and recipes on creating a meal around it, all with a child-centric angle. A box with fresh ricotta cheese includes ricotta-based recipes for young chefs such as no-bake cheesecake and quesadillas, as well as a kid-safe wire cheese slicer, instructions for creating the perfect cheese board, insights into the chemistry of cheese, and a poster and puzzle to color.


Little Cook Box launched earlier this year in the UK to provide easy, healthy, ready-to-cook meals for kids. By getting Gen Zs involved in the kitchen at a young age, the company hopes to broaden their palate and teach them cooking skills that many Gen Ys didn’t obtain until adulthood. The kits, perfectly portioned and approximately £4.95 per meal, depending on which subscription model was chosen, sold over 5,000 units in the first four months; Little Cook Box is currently on hiatus due to funding issues, with plans of making a comeback soon.