Teach Your Child How To Use a Knife

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We posted a question on our Facebook page asking our friends at what age they teach their children how to use a knife? The responses varied as some started with a putty/play knife while others let their kid learn using the real thing.

One of the first ways to teach your child how to use a knife is in the kitchen where they will understand the practical uses of a knife. They can use a knife to cut fruit for salad or practice cutting noodles.

Here are some responses from our friends regarding what age they taught their kid to use a knife.

Just a couple of days ago I picked up a plastic lettuce knife for my 5 year old. It was actually difficult to use but she loved using it.

Don’t remember. It just happened but Grayson who just turned 2 loves cutting up his food with his very dull knife. He has to have which ever utensils mom and dad have when eating.

Nine. I build them a keepsake box and present them with a knife for their birthday. Then we start with a piece of balsa to learn cuts.

My (now) 4 year old has been using my 10″ chef’s knife for a while now…probably since she turned 4? She’s my sous chef. :)

No matter what age a child uses a knife we certainly encourage teaching the proper safety methods before using a knife or any sharp object.

Please share in the comments what age worked best for you to introduce a knife to your kids.

photo: via Robin Wood