I have a picky eater. He is like his mama and has a sweet tooth. We are working on making healthier choices, and a huge part of that process is involving him in the preparation of our food.
I have talked about these nylon knives before-- but they are AMAZING. Seriously. Head to Amazon right now and grab this set by Curious Chef (I don't get anything for sharing this resource-- I am that passionate about involving children in food prep!)-- http://www.amazon.com/Curious-Chef-3-Piece-Nylon-Knife/dp/B002Q5YH9C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1459786491&sr=8-1&keywords=children%27s+plastic+knife+set
The key is to have all of the supplies set up, and go through the process so that your child understands the steps. We rinsed the strawberries, then he chose a berry, placed it on the cutting board, and cut off the stem. YES-- he cut off a bit more of the berry at times, but this about the process and trusting him. He was in the flow-- he cut the stems, placed them in the green bowl, then placed the whole berries in the clear glass container. He cut 2 packages of berries and was so focused. When he was done, we poured the stems into the silver compost pail, and he snacked on a few berries while we washed the dishes.
Another key- he was at the same height as the counter. HUGE! One of our dear friends gifted us their Learning Tower and I am loving it. It is really heavy, but such a great tool. Prior to the tower, we would just use a step stool or a chair, but I was always a little uneasy with that, this tower is pretty incredible. He can climb in and out of it independently. You can find the tower here- http://www.littlepartners.com/the-original-learning-tower
He knew that we were prepping the strawberries for smoothies and lunches, his active participation increases his "buy-in" and he is much more likely to eat what we have.
How do you involve your child in food preparation?
"If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence. It must initiate them into those kinds of activities which they can perform themselves..."
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.