Two Cooks in the Kitchen: Chopping

It is surprising how helpful a 3-year-old can be in the kitchen.  Luke has been slicing vegetables for about a year.  Last month, I upgraded him from a pumpkin knife to a real serrated utility knife.  Cutting green beans is his favorite, but he will absolutely jump at the chance to chop anything.

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Tomatoes are hard for him to slice, but cucumbers are okay.  It’s been a learning process for both of us.  His hands are small and his fine motor skills are age-appropriate (meaning not great for knife-duty).  I give him a new item to chop, and then hover anxiously, watching for nipped fingers.  He’s always so engrossed, that he doesn’t notice how freaked out I am about the whole thing.

In a completely thoughtless moment today, I decided that Ben was old enough to start cutting as well.  I told the boys that they could cut up some mushrooms.  I was adding them to the crock pot, so the state of the shroom didn’t matter one way or the other.  They like helping, so it was a good opportunity to ruin something without ruining anything.

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Luke got his serrated knife, and Ben got a pumpkin knife.

Ben tried.  He really, really tried.  He asked for help.  I helped.  I hovered.

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Luke was a little pro.  Slice off one end.  Lay the flat side on the board, and slice again.  Two satisfying cuts, and the mushroom was history.

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Without help, all Ben managed was to give his mushroom a good stab.  He couldn’t even get the mushroom off the knife after that.  Good heavens.

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I backtracked, and showed him instead how to detach the stem from the cap using his hands.  Even that was a bit rough for him.

They proudly completed their task of chopping mushrooms, happy to have aided in the dinner preparation.

I was happy to get them out of the kitchen.  A 3-year-old, providing chopping aid?  Surprisingly decent.

A 1-year-old, slicing and dicing?  Not surprisingly, not so decent.

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