What kind of activities can a child do in the kitchen? You may have observed…
“Never help a child at a task he feels he can succeed”
To help a child become independent, we must provide them with the right tools. This is even more true for practical life activities.
Many parents are surprised when they come to my playgroup that the children will prepare their own snacks. However, they are soon amazed to see the dexterity of their young toddlers at work!
One of their fears is to see their child using a knife.
The first knife that I introduce to young toddlers is the crinkle cutter. Children can cut soft vegetables and fruits with this one, such as cucumber, banana, celery, tomatoes etc. And it’s totally safe!
You can give your child a butter knife or a child-sized knife to spread butter or to cut soft food (such as banana, cheese etc.)
When your child has some experience with these first knives, you can give them some more grown-up knives that will cut more challenging food, such as carrots.
We currently use the Ikea Smabit knife.
The knife comes with a vegetable peeler. It is recommended for children 8+. It’s sharp but with a rounded edge. Our 5-year-old uses it but under close supervision.
In fact, we have replaced all our knives that have sharp blades with these children’s knives.
Below is the selection of knives that a child can use after the crinkle cutter and before the Ikea one. (I haven’t used any of these personally but they were recommended to me on the Montessori for families UK FB group)
Kuhn Rikon kinderkitchen Children’s Dog Knife Set
Salad or Bread nylon knives:
My first opinel
There is a space to teach correct finger placement, as well as a handy finger guard.
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