Fun and Novel Knife Set Gets Kids Eating More Veggies

Fun and Novel Knife Set Gets Kids Eating More Veggies - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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Product reviewed: Handstand Kitchen – The Chopping Block Cutting Board and Knife sets

As a mom of two young kids, I will take any chance to get my kids in the kitchen. When I saw the Handstand Kitchen Cutting Board and Knife sets, I knew my kids would be enamored with the unicorn and dinosaur designs. They’d definitely want to join me in the kitchen! We have tried “kids” knives in the past with modest success, so I was excited to see how these compared.

The Chopping Block knives and cutting boards are BPA-free and easy to remove from the packaging. The unicorn cutting board is light pink with a coordinating pink and grey knife, and the dinosaur cutting board is bright green with a matching green and grey knife. Handstand Kitchen also offers a set of three standalone knives that are teal.

I was excited to let my kids, ages 5½ and 7, try the sets to see if they really did offer a fun kitchen experience. Fun and Novel Knife Set Gets Kids Eating More Veggies - The knives were easy to grasp and handle. Most importantly, I immediately noticed I wouldn’t have to worry about the kids cutting themselves while using these knives. My daughter grazed her hand with the knife several times and, while it caught her attention and helped her realize she had to be more careful, she was not cut or injured in any way.

We started by cutting cucumbers, which may have been too thick or too hard for the amount of force needed with these knives. So, we moved on to something smaller: baby carrots. My kids were able to chop them just fine.

My favorite part about the knives is that they got my kids to eat some raw vegetables without me asking if they wanted any. Fun and novel kitchen products are such a useful tool to increase vegetable consumption in kids. The cutting boards were a great way to get the kids interested, but the boards did not stick to the counter very well. We put a damp cloth underneath to help them stay in place.

Overall, I was very pleased with The Chopping Block Cutting Board and Knife sets. My kids had a blast using them. I would recommend this product to any parent or caregiver looking to get kids in the kitchen and more interested in eating veggies!

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Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD, is a dietitian, mom, Type 1 diabetic and owner of Milk & Honey Nutrition, based in Houston. Check out her website for yummy low-sugar, naturally gluten-free recipes! You can also connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.