It’s the four o’clock witching hour in our home daily. I’m tired and I need to make dinner. The kids are on me because how dare I do something other than have food on the table waiting for them. It’s the time of day that my youngest is crying over every little thing such as why can’t he roam outside in the un-fenced front yard all by himself. “I will be okay”, he says to me. I just shake my head, look at the clock and think how I can get him out of his frumpy mood and still get dinner ready.
It is then I remember the best knife ever for little kids. My oldest, used it when he was four and why not let his brother, now four years old give it a try. Tonight, we are having Butternut Squash Fries. I sliced up the squash into big pieces, put them on a Pam-sprayed cookie sheet and place them next to a cutting board and ‘the best knife ever.’ I call my son over who is now lolling on the floor pretend crying and I see I’ve piqued his interest.
He climbs up on the stool at the counter and I tell him he gets to help out mommy, by cutting up the pieces into smaller sizes. His first response is of course “Why did you do some of it Mommy! I want to do it all!” (I can’t win, and I know this so I don’t say anything).
Finally, under my watchful eye, he is picking up the green knife and cutting bigger pieces into smaller pieces. I am careful to remind him how to hold the knife and keep his little fingers away from where the knife cuts.
Zyliss Lettuce Knife is the knife I am referring to when I say best knife for small hands. It is a plastic serrated knife intended to cut lettuce for a salad, however it is also as you have now heard me mentioned quite a few times ‘The Best Knife For Little Hands’! Even if they rub their fingers over the serrated edge, they will not get cut. It’s a perfect knife for showing them the proper way to hold a knife and introducing safety with a knife.
There are many ways to get your little ones busy in the kitchen and this just one idea. What ways do your little hands help out in the kitchen?