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6 Techniques to Teach Kids How to Properly and Safely Use a Knife
1. Start Slow and Easy
Start out with something small and easy like a smaller knife and a crisp vegetable. A soft food like lettuce is better than something hard like a carrot or something
2. Begin with a Proper Grip
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3. Pay Special Attention to What to Do With Their Off Hand
Ideally, a youngster should cut with the same hand that they write with, but this means the hand most likely to fumble is their non-cutting hand. Put a special emphasis on practicing moving his hand along the food away from where the cutting is happening.
4. Controlled Slicing Motion
Kids might naturally want to just hack and chop at their vegetable, but you need to teach them a steady and careful slicing motion where the tip of the blade rests on the cutting board before bringing the handle down in a slicing motion.
5. Hold Their Hands Before You Set Them Free
You may have to hold your hands over their little mitts at first, but as the kids successfully make their cuts let them proceed your manual assistance, like taking the training wheels off a bike. This will show trust and build confidence before they learn more challenging techniques.
6. Keep it Fun
It should go without saying, but if the entire process feels more like playtime than a chore the little rascals will be more likely to be interested in doing it again in the future. Insist on safety, but let loose a little and let the task be enjoyable.
If these guidelines are followed neither you or your kids will have anything to fear from your cutlery set. Given the opportunity, kids can feel that the kitchen is a part of their world rather than yet another room in the house that only belongs to the
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