I first started doing this to try to combat picky eating. I heard that involving your children in food preparation helps them to take ownership of their meal. A bit later on I read that it can be useful to introduce children to real tools from an early age. At this point under careful watch and careful instruction we had a go with a vegetable peeler and it worked really well. There’s something really special about being given a grown up tool to do a grown up job.
What you’ll need
- An onion
- A carrot
- A none slip surface or chopping board
- A vegetable peeler
- A knife
- Prepare the vegetables by washing and taking the tops and bottoms off
- Ask your little one to try to take all the skin off the onion
- Demonstrate the vegetable peeler, explaining where the sharp bit is and how to keep your fingers out of the way
- Help your little one to explore peeling the carrot, it will probably take a while to learn how to do it
- Take care to be accurate
Peeling vegetables is great for developing exploration skills. One of the key parts of being able to explore is being able to be precise and accurate. Like a scientist making sure a test is fair or exploring dangerous things safely.
There really is something magical about being trusted with a slightly dangerous tool, it seems to inspire great care and attention. Even with just the onion, and no tool, it was really satisfying to get every last bit of skin off.