AIBU to let a 3 year old make toast and sandwiches?

(27 Posts)
nappyaddict Sun 20-Apr-14 22:25:09

With supervision, but no help using children's knives and toast tongs?

TruJay Sun 20-Apr-14 22:27:19

Not in my eyes, my son has been helping with food prep since before 3 obviously with supervision. He loves it! He's 4 now, his favourite thing to do is help make his favourite meal of pasta and tom soup!

bonzo77 Sun 20-Apr-14 22:27:24

Yanbu. Though I let mine use a proper serrated knife once u taught him how safely.

Ohbyethen Sun 20-Apr-14 22:29:39

Yanbu.

Why? Has someone tutted? smile

nappyaddict Sun 20-Apr-14 22:29:47

sorry just remembered I have already posted this question I thought I hadn't got round to it earlier blush

arethereanyleftatall Sun 20-Apr-14 22:30:10

Why would that be unreasonable? Of course it's fine. They love cooking.

Delphiniumsblue Sun 20-Apr-14 22:30:11

As long as you supervise it is fine.

ouryve Sun 20-Apr-14 22:31:20

The nursery at my boys' school has a cookery session every week and some weeks they do exactly that.

MrsMook Sun 20-Apr-14 23:17:00

My 3 year old has a very strong independent streak, and loves doing grown up thingss. Last week he took charge of the toaster and made the toast with supervision. It's usually easier assisting him to be hands on while I prepare food than to cook and set up alternative entertainment. He makes a great "gruffalo crumble", helps me pick the rhubarb too.

RubyReins Sun 20-Apr-14 23:29:43

My wee boy is three and makes scrambled eggs for breakfast with minimal supervision. He loves making bread with me and he chops up veg and fish with a small knife. Important that kids know how food is prepared and that they take an interest IMHO. We planted carrots, courgettes and beans this weekend - hoping to fuel his culinary interests!

ChasingDogs Sun 20-Apr-14 23:37:21

Better that than a bloke I worked with who wouldn't allow his 15 year old to use the cheese grater in case he cut himself. hmm

No, I get kids to help me with all sorts!

3DcAndMe Mon 21-Apr-14 06:20:02

CheeSe graters are lethal though!

D0oinMeCleanin Mon 21-Apr-14 06:27:35

My DH was not allowed to use the toaster until he was 18 (he had epilepsy I suppose the toaster could have caught fire, if you are really dramatic)

We are in the middle of splitting up, my 10yo reasons for not wanting shared access include "But I don't like Pizza"

She can cook omelet, pancakes, cheese sauce and pasta.

nappyaddict Tue 22-Apr-14 13:10:37

RubyReins Which knives does your 3 year old use?

Nappy you can get a special kids chopping knife that is safe.

I let 4 year old I look after use a sharp knife with me right beside her. But she has had years of my baking/ cooking rules. Very strict etc. I bake with the baby now.So I trust her.

FreudiansSlipper Tue 22-Apr-14 13:22:11

ds used to love to help me cook didn't use a sharpe knife but would help make sandwiches, stir risotto (that was useful smile ), help mixing cake mixture load the washing machine and hang out washing

now at 6 he is too busy fighting all the baddies with his Lightsaber to help out though he does have his little chores

nappyaddict Tue 22-Apr-14 13:36:35

giraffesCantBoogie What's it called?

RubyReins Tue 22-Apr-14 14:48:51

Hi nappyaddict - it's just a small paring knife. He is watched very closely when doing that! His nursery let the kids use knives and scissors and I was initially a bit worried but it's been fine thus far.

Er not sure am at home now, will look at it tomorrow and see if it has a brand on it. smile

ChunkyPickle Tue 22-Apr-14 21:35:24

We got DS a lettuce knife.

It is large and impressive (and green) and he can chop anything that I'd want him chopping with it fairly safely. He could probably cut himself if he really sawed hard, but accidental injuries are unlikely, and it's big enough that I can teach him to keep his fingers out of the way more easily than with something small.

nappyaddict Thu 24-Apr-14 16:54:38

Thanks giraffes

Does it cut hard things?

Sometimes you have to saw more than cut! But I have tried to saw my hand with it and it wouldn't work! It is magic! I would say apples are it's limits - carrots are too hard really. I mean it is possible but isn't easy! But I have had kids make apple crumble with me and chop the apples easily.

I firmly believe that the ebst way of keeping kids safe in the kitchen is to teach them to use things like knives safely.

So my DCs, aged 13 and 10, can get their own food, and I'm now teaching them more complex stuff, I consider this a life skill of real importance.

Not like a mum I know who didn't let her 12 year old use a normal serrated knife, and who practically screamed at me when I let my then 7 yr old DS use a serrated steak knife to cut his steak with. I judged her was perfectly safe, having taught him and having observed his use of said knife.

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