14 January 2013
The knife (pictured above) is actually sold as a lettuce knife. It's plastic and, although it has teeth, cuts through objects and isn't sharp enough to hurt should it come in contact with small fingers. Keep in mind that it is still a knife and should be used under supervision, but I've found it to be a useful teaching tool for kitchen safety (and fun).
The other item that has gotten great mileage in our house is the wooden cut able toy food widely available at good toy stores. My sister gave these as a present to my first child and, although the set is now missing several of it's veggies, my youngest loves chopping through the Velcro and cutting the food to pieces.
And, while these scissors are labeled for ages 'birth through 24 months'(!), my son is just starting with these. He sees them sitting on the desk and practically drools. That's how much he loves to cut up things right now. A stack of paper and blunt edge safety scissors are the ticket to a good time at this stage!