Let me just say that my kids didn't step, they jumped into the kitchen when we made our fabulous Zucchini Pie. It isn't that I haven't let them help in the kitchen before, because I have! It's just that I usually let them do the pouring and the stirring because I'm afraid of them getting cut. So when I presented them with a set of knives and tools that they could use on their own they were thrilled to pieces. The handles are designed to be no slip and easy for smaller hands to work with. The blades on the knives are serrated and have a blunt tip, which is great for cutting food but not little fingers! Best of all everything is dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze.