You’ll have to decide on when the child is mature enough for something like a knife, but here is what I got a couple of my kids last Christmas.
https://morakniv.se/en/product/safe/?wcmlc=USD (Also available at Amazon, link below.)
Morakniv, of Sweden, makes a nice fixed blade knife that has a rounded tip. It has been great for teaching knife safety. We’ve had a couple cuts, but nothing worth stitches.
- It is sharp.
- It is fixed, so the blade won’t fold and close down on little fingers.
- The rounded tip makes stabbing a real difficulty.
- It is available on Amazon for around $12.
- It’s not a toy, and demands responsibility.
- There is a “Pro” version, with a rubber handle for a few bucks more.
A safer option for younger children, for cutting things like fruits, vegetables, and other food, would be this little “Dog Knife”. (Around $10).
- This isn’t going to cut anything your other knives couldn’t, but it’s safer and would be their knife, and that’s pretty cool when you’re a kid.
- Just imagine all the “help” in the kitchen!
Another huge group of options would be tools. I’m sure my sons would be excited if I were to give them each a little tool box with some basic tools. Keep in mind that easy access to tools will mean easy access to mischief. Have materials available for them to work on so they don’t go scavenging for their own. (And keep all nails, screws, and anything else that could impale a tire cleaned up and out of the garage and driveway!)