Start 'Em Young: These Kid-Friendly Knives Will (Safely) Give Your Little Ones Confidence In The Kitchen
Any item that allows my 3.5-year old daughter to do something for herself is more than welcome in my household. And especially so in the kitchen, a place where I continuously ask myself, “How can I equip Emmy to be self-sufficient in this space?” There are so many appliances and utensils that I cannot allow her to use without my help or supervision at this age, but I am on the hunt for anything that will increase her independence. Mamas around the globe understand that more independence for their kids equals less work for us.
My recent priority was to find a way for my daughter to help prepare her own lunches and our family dinners. Unfortunately, using knives and chopping food is (for course) a huge part of the meal prep, and she is not coordinated enough to use our big metal knives yet without very likely chopping off her finger. However, after seeing Emmy cut vegetables with what looked like a thick plastic knife at a birthday party at Patricia’s Table in Austin, I knew kids cutlery knives at least existed. So, to Amazon I went.
There were a few options, but I went with the StarPack Nylon Kitchen Knife Set, a set of three BPA-free, plastic serrated knives with a rubber handle grip. The three knives range in size, with the small knife coming in at 8.8 inches in length, the middle at 9.8 inches, and the large at 10.8 inches. Right now, Emmy uses the smallest knife the most as it is the most comfortable for her smaller hand to hold. The description does say these knives are for 4+ years old, so I’m sure Emmy will expand her preferences in a year when her hands have grown a little bit. The size of these knives is probably the only aspect that I found a little discouraging for my 3.5 year old toddler. Other than that, I’d say mission accomplished!
Overall, I am so happy with this purchase. It has proven to be highly effective in the following ways:
- Toddler is more independent in the kitchen.
- Toddler prepares her own food without help from mama.
- Toddler takes more ownership of her food.
- Toddler loves being in the kitchen as she is creating her own “space”.
- No fear of toddler using a knife and chopping off her finger(s).
- Mama is more efficient in the kitchen because she is pulled in fewer directions.
- Mama is proud of her toddler’s growing independence!
I have already sent several of my friends and family the link for these knives because I feel as though it will help change the dynamic of family time in the kitchen, so long as you encourage your children to use them often. Here’s to getting your kids in the kitchen, creating happy and healthy meals for themselves and the whole family!
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