Introducing Knife Skills to Toddlers | A to Z of Toddler Activities

June 6, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ A to Z of Toddler Activities,Toys, Books, Activities

Hello folks! I am back with the toddler activity series after a long gap thanks to the A to Z blogging challenge in April and the launch of my book “Diary of a Baby” in May.


This post is part of a series I am doing on A to Z of toddler activities in 100ish words each. The idea is to share simple, skill-based activities that you can do easily at home with little to no pre-planning. Wherever any resources are required, I’ll guide you on where you can find those as well.

If you haven’t been following this series earlier, you can find the complete list of activities here.


‘K’ is for knife skills, something I have been teaching Baby N with the help of his pretend play slicing set, as well as with his Play-Doh kitchen set. I was inspired to start teaching knife skills thanks to some of the activities I had seen on the feed of Priyadarshani Panda of Rattle Babble Battle. Priyadarshani is a Montessori-at-home mom and I have been following her for some of her really creative and engaging DIY activities with her toddler (incidentally also Baby N!)


So I invited Priyadarshani to share her ideas on knife skills and this is what she had to say. What I liked about her approach is that even if you don’t have the pretend play sets, you can easily use a butter knife or cake knife to begin with.

Knife skills is one of the practical life skills of Montessori approach and is recommended after 18 months only when babies develop a better fine motor skills and a better control over the movement of their body parts.

Introducing Knife Skills to Toddlers | A to Z of Toddler Activities - Baby & Beyond

Introducing Knife Skills to Toddlers | A to Z of Toddler Activities – Baby & Beyond


How to Introduce a Knife Skills to Toddlers:

12-18 months: A butter knife or a plastic cake knife. A pretend play set meant for cutting is a good introduction tool as well.

If you choose a butter /plastic knife start with soft fruits like banana, ripe papaya, watermelon ensure that you peel and give it to them for cutting.


18 months+: A toddler knife specially designed for toddler which has a better grip. Give soft fruits like banana, pears or food such as paneer, eggs which they can comfortably chop.


Skills Developed: Motor control, sense of independence, enables the child to handle real life (dangerous and sharp objects) with caution.

Some points to keep in mind while introducing knife skills to toddlers:

  • Adult supervision is a must
  • Keep the knife out of reach of toddler
  • Test yourself first by cutting the fruit you offer child to cut.This will give  you an idea if child can cut it comfortably


Read the full post on Rattle Babble Battle at: Guide to Start Knife with Toddlers


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