I don't know about you, but I love my kitchen tools. I spend a lot of time cooking, and using a terrible tool is frustrating at best and disastrous at worst. Have you ever tried to use a dull knife, and almost cut off your finger tip with all that extra pressure and effort?
Children need and deserve quality tools made for their smaller hands. This demonstrates trust, respect, and a sincerity around the idea of helping in the kitchen, but also has a deeper purpose. As we work with a tool, our muscles form a memory of the movements (it's how you write or type fast without looking). Practice with a poor tool and you'll get poor results. Tools for children should also be simple, safe, and easy to clean and use.
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This is by no means an exhaustive list, and your child can help in the kitchen without many of these tools, but we highly recommend these below.
(Photos from For Small Hands or Amazon)
Leanne Gray, M.Ed is the owner of The Prepared Environment, which supports families in creating an ideal environment for their children at home. She has over fifteen years experience working with children in both public, private, and Montessori schools, and is AMI primary trained. You can always contact her for personalized support and answers to your questions.