My children see me use sharp knives in the kitchen every day. When I can safely supervise children using a sharp knife, I allow them to do so. In fact, making homemade applesauce is a family event.
But what about the 3-year-old? Is she too young to use a knife?
No. I have taught Little Sister to use a knife. By slicing her own banana with a butter knife, she learned how to use the knife.
But that was a butter knife. What about a sharp knife?
Because Little Sister was trained to use the butter knife first, she can now safely use a paring knife on soft foods with careful supervision. I never give her a large knife because her hands are small, but small paring knives with soft foods work well for her.
Foods such as meatballs are not ideal for 3-year-olds to cut. The capacity to roll make them a much more "dangerous" food. Dangerous because the child could get hurt...or the meatball could catapult far away.
These photos were taken back in the early winter when Little Sister was a much "younger" three. She doesn't use knives regularly, but when she does, she understands how to do so.
Take a peek at the children cutting apples in this post which includes tips for making applesauce with children.
What life skills do you think are most important for children to learn?
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