With a little preparation, your kitchen can be a safe and fun place for your child to explore their growing skills and abilities. Try out these three common kitchen tools to invite your child to help you cook, or prepare their own snacks!
Plastic Cheese Knives: These types of knives are typically made of hard plastic with a dull edge, and are perfect for cutting cheeses. Start with a soft cheese like feta or brie to let your child get the hang of things, then branch out to harder cheddars, etc! This way, your child can independently help themselves to an afternoon snack.
Egg Slicer: Set up a little egg peeling station for your child, similar to this one from How We Montessori. Work with your child to peel, then slice eggs! A great start to egg salad or a good snack with a bit of salt and pepper on top.
Grater: Find a small grater that has a sturdy, no-slip handle for your child to grate cheese, carrots, or whatever your recipe calls for. If your child isn’t quite ready for a regular grater, or you’re worried about scuffed knuckles, try a grater that has a special spot for food, like this one from Pampered Chef.
Do you have a particular tool you and your child love to use in the kitchen? Tell us more in the related forum discussion at the bottom of this page! Here’s what our Head of Design, Connor Burtis, has to say:
“My absolute favorite thing to prepare in the kitchen with my daughter is pancakes. Our favorite kitchen tool is a set of measuring cups that have large numbers so she can easily read and measure out proportions. She loves it!”
We can’t wait to hear from you!
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