My husband is a artisan bread baker with 25 years of culinary experience, so it is expected that our son would enjoy spending time in the kitchen! I am thankful for all the Montessori-inspired kitchen products as well. E has been handling a blunt knife for years but we are always looking for ways to hone his skills. So here is a way to develop Preschool Knife Skills with Healthy Gelatin Treats!
First, we made simple gelatin treats using a silicone Easter egg tray. We just sprinkled a packet of Knox gelatin powder onto a cup of cold apple cider, brought that to a boil, simmered for 2 minutes, then poured into the mold. We put the mold in the refrigerator and the eggs were ready in a few hours. (NOTE: We did a vegetarian version of this with NOW Foods Agar Powder and liked those results as well!)
We popped the eggs out of the mold and offered one to E. He asked for a knife, and the idea for this post was born! He enjoyed cutting the gelatin with the knife, even trying to cut on the zig zag lines of the egg designs. (The gelatin does crack pretty easily if you do much more than a cut or two.)
We especially appreciate this activity because it involves cutting through a thicker, denser food item. This would help him cut items like meat in the future!
Stay tuned for more health-inspired food school!