how to sharpen knives for kids

81: How to Sharpen Knives for Kids (and Why?)

Yes, we let kids use sharp knives!

In fact, sharp knives are much safer than dull knives, because you don’t need as much pressure, therefore there’s less of a chance the knife will slip and hit something it shouldn’t.

In today’s tutorial video, my kids and I demonstrate 3 different kinds of knife sharpeners, all very affordable and easy to use. Check out how easily the knives sliiiiiide through tomatoes when we’re finished!!

Find these sharpeners and all our favorite kids’ kitchen tools on our resources page. (They’re also linked in the text below.)

The goal is to get kids involved, not spend too much, and keep everyone safe and building confidence.



Can’t see the video? Click to watch “Should Kids Use Sharp Knives in the Kitchen” on YouTube.

Let me know if you try sharpening your knives after this!

PS – Paul wants you to know that he totally likes the one he was using best now, not the one he chose in the video just because he takes time to warm up to things. 😉 Also, he’s better at remembering to sharpen knives than I am!

how to sharpen knives for kids

No time to watch the whole video? Here are the notes!

Knife Sharpening Demo

  • 0:48: First up is a PriorityChef Knife Premium Sharpener. It has a coarse sharpener and a fine one. You usually will want to slide your knife through 5 times. Make sure you sharpen along the full length of the blade.
  • 1:30: Tip: I like to run my knife along a butcher block when I’m done and if I see a little cut I know my knife is sharp enough! (And it adds character to my board!)

“Mooooom, I’m hungry!!”

How many times do your kids ask for snacks each day? Wouldn’t it be a relief if they were empowered to prepared their own snacks, instead of coming to you and whining about how hungry they are?

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  • 1:47: Make sure you wipe off the blade before you cut food! There will be little pieces of metal along the blade.
  • 2:07: Paul demonstrates the Gourmia sharpener. This one has two settings simply labeled “1” and “2.”
  • 2:56: We test our knives by cutting tomatoes.
  • 3:46: For our last sharpener, an AccuSharp, the knife stays still and the sharpener moves. Probably not the safest option for kids!
  • 5:13: Bottom line: Yes! Sharpen your knives with kids!

Here’s the video we mentioned of our favorite knife brands for kids!

Paleovalley Meat Sticks

It can be hard to find healthy snacks that you can take with you on the go. When I want the convenience of a jerky stick, but want a healthy, protein-packed snack option, I grab Paleovalley meat sticks. Paleovalley ingredients have these high standards that you can feel good about:

100% grass fed beef sticks, pasture raised beef sticks

  • 100% Grass-Fed Beef & 100% Pasture-Raised Turkey
  • Never given antibiotics or hormones
  • Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free
  • 0 grams of sugar*
  • Contains no artificial nitrates or nitrites
  • Non-GMO
  • Naturally fermented and contain gut-friendly probiotics!

*With the exception of Teriyaki, which contains 2 grams of sugar from Organic Honey.

These beef sticks and turkey sticks taste delicious! My favorite is the Jalapeño but my kids love Summer Sausage.

Use this link to get 15% off your order at Paleovalley. Read my Paleovalley Review to learn more!

how to sharpen knives for kids

What You Should Do Next:

1. Subscribe to The Healthy Parenting Connector

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2. Try a Free Preview of my Cooking Class for Kids

Our members’ favorite lesson is always our 10-minute knife skills and safety class, teaching techniques with unique & memorable phrases from butter knives to chef’s knives (ages 2-teen). Take a peek here and try it out with your kids.

3. Enroll in the Online Cooking Course for Kids:

Enroll now in the Wall Street Journal’s #1 recommended online cooking class for kids (also rated 5 stars on Facebook). See what fits your family best HERE.

About Katie Kimball

Katie Kimball, CSME, creator of Kids Cook Real Food and CEO of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC, is passionate about connecting families around healthy food. As a trusted educator and author of 8 real food cookbooks, she’s been featured on media outlets like ABC, NBC and First for Women magazine and contributes periodically on the FOX Network.

Since 2009, busy moms have looked to Katie as a trusted authority and advocate for children’s health, and she often partners with health experts and medical practitioners to stay on the cutting edge. In 2016 she created the Wall Street Journal recommended best online kids cooking course, Kids Cook Real Food, helping thousands of families around the world learn to cook. She is actively masterminding the Kids’ Meal Revolution, with a goal of every child learning to cook.

A mom of 4 kids from Michigan, she is also a Certified Stress Mastery Educator, member of the American Institute of Stress and trained speaker through Bo Eason’s Personal Story Power.

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