plastic knife for kids
I got some plastic knives, nylon actually, with big scallops on edge designed for kid use. I ran my finger along the edge and they could cut you. I cut an apple ok but couldn't peel it. I am starting to think this is not a good idea for teaching knife work. what do you think and how did you teach a kid?
I think there's another thread on this. I recently taught my nephew to use a knife...a knife I have in regular rotation.
I told him what my dad/mom told me
1) Knives are not toys
2) Pay attention to what you're doing
3) Dull knives are dangerous
He started with a basic task---dicing an avocado that I had pitted.
My nephew is 5, will be 6 in December.
Maybe soft things like avocado with a butter knife would be best.
Thanks, I'll look for that other thread.
I think you are right. The plastic knife is sharp enough to cut you with a little pressure and you need more pressure to cut than with a regular knife. I was hoping there was some technique I was missing. But right now I think they are only good for very soft things like lettuce or avocado. So don't bother getting.
What everyone else said. I got my child her own 6-inch chef's knife when she was 6 yo. Before that she had been using standard paring knives both at home and at school. The key is instruction and supervision.
In montessori school we cut our bananas with a butter knife....i was 4.
Then I was taught at about age 6 to use a small regular paring knife and i helped chop carrots, tomatoes, scallions, and cucumbers for dinner salads. Mom showed me how to use the knife and the basic rules, i don't remember ever cutting myself.
I do remember being very proud of my lopsided salad ingredients and gobbling them up.