(Goblin is 38 months)
Our stew contained
- a tin of tomatoes
- a tin of haricot beans
- some haddock (from the freezer)
The aim of the cooking was to teach Goblin the basics of using a sharp knife. Goblin is now tall enough to reach the kitchen surfaces and has a rather annoying habit of taking his chair into the kitchen so he can climb up to see what's on them. So its important that he knows that knives can be dangerous and there is a way to use them safely.
It is far safer to have a sharp knife than try to use a blunt one to cut something. So the first thing Hublet did was sharpen a knife for Goblin. We keep all our knives very sharp anyway. But it was good for Goblin to see how Hublet sharpened it.
We brought Goblin's table into the kitchen because its just the right height for him to safely cut at. I didn't want to add any element of danger by balancing him on a stool at the higher kitchen counter.
1. The knife stays at the table. He must not move away from the table with the knife. If he wanted to go and get something or wash his hands or just sit down the knife had to be put back on the table. This avoids accidental stabbing of himself or others.
2. Wait until we say before using the knife. The photo above was him disregarding that rule and trying to cut an onion when no one was holding it for him. I'd asked him to put his other hand behind his back so he didn't accidentally chop off his fingers. As it turned out he needed to hold the knife with two hands to get the pressure he needed to cut.
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