Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cooking Fun - Knife Skills

Knife skills? A toddler? Sounds scary, right? It doesn't have to be! Does giving a toddler a plastic knife and play dough sound ridiculous? Not really. Well, when you think about it, this isn't much different. Prior to this, Little C had practiced cutting play dough and her Velcro food set with a plastic knife and now she wanted to cut apples just like mommy. So I simply gave her a small cutting board, apple sticks and a Gerber Graduates Kiddy Knife. And she did a great job cutting her apples! Look at that concentration!

A couple things to keep in mind...don't leave your child unattended with a knife, even if it is dull. They can still hurt themselves! Follow normal knife safety rules such as don't walk/run around with a knife and don't put the knife in your mouth. And if your child is not focusing on the task and is instead banging and swinging the knife around, it's best to put it away and try again another day. At this age, practicing any skill involves a combination of being physically ready and mentally interested; if either of those is missing you'll be fighting a losing battle. Always remember to have fun, first and foremost. We fight enough battles as parents, let's not add unnecessary ones!

Age: 24 months


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