Cooking is an acquired skill, just like eating with a knife and fork. Kitchen utensils and cutlery made especially for children are a good way of getting them started. Besides being ergonomic and safe to use, they should feature child-friendly colours and motifs without descending into kitsch. The children’s kitchen tools and utensils presented in what follows show how these criteria can be met in practice.
The Danish firm Toddler has a mission “to create distinctive, functional and beautiful objects for small individuals". Besides beakers, bowls and plates, it has designed a line of cutlery, which in the course of observation and test phases was adapted to meet the needs of children aged one year and over. The aim is to enable them to handle cutlery on their own. All the parts are made of non-toxic, dishwasher-safe plastic and have round grips designed to accommodate the grip reflex that all infants have. The spoon makes a good shovel and feels pleasant in the mouth; the prongs of the fork can still be used to spear food, despite being blunt; and while the knife allows children to cut very soft foods, there is never any danger of injury.