Knife Know-How for Kids: A New Tool Set to Teach Your Youngsters Proper Knife Skills

The smart, crisp packaging and bold red detailing of renowned French cutlery company Opinel’s Le Petit Chef box caught our eye immediately, but it’s the set’s pure functionality and effectiveness that won us over. Le Petit Chef includes three kitchen tools designed expressly for budding kiddie cooks: a 10-centimeter knife with a stainless-steel round-tipped blade; a peeler; and a guard to protect those precious little fingers. The finger guard is an ingenious way to encourage your child to use the proper “claw” position when cutting, and those bright red circles on the knife and peeler aren’t merely for show–the learning rings help guide your child’s fingers toward the correct grip for both of these tools.

Two key things to keep in mind: My 3 1/2-year-old daughter’s hands were just a bit too small for the knife and the peeler, and remember that the knife blade is sharp, so always supervise your children–whatever their age–when they’re using the set.

According to Opinel, Le Petit Chef will be available on Amazon very soon.

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