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Eating utensils

29 Jul 2016

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How have utensils changed over time? What did spoons used to be like?

LEVEL: Primary / Intermediate

The history of eating utensils, or more specifically spoons, goes a long way back in history and there have been many examples of different types of spoons that were used by the ancient Egyptians. Spoons were made from many different materials, such as ivory, flint, bone, wood, bronze and silver. As people started using spoons more they became like works of art decorated with patterns and stones.

A great website with the history of eating utensils is They have some useful information about the history of chopsticks and the history of knives and forks. To find these articles search using the keywords eating utensils. Some great results come up so don't forget to have a look at all of them.

HOT TIP: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the ‘about us’ link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

For pictures and more basic information about eating utensils, check out the website KidsClick! Type eating utensils into the search box and go to the result that says The History of Eating Utensils. For more information about the different types of eating utensils checkout the links at the bottom of the page.

HOT TIP: Another place to look is Wikipedia which has great coverage of many topics, including eating utensils. But you need to be aware that this information is contributed by lots of different people. If you are using this site, it always pays to check the information against that on other sites or in books from the library.

Clicking on Spoon in the Wikipedia entry on eating utensils gives you some helpful information, like the history of the spoon and types and uses.

You might also like to go to your school or local library and ask the librarians for help looking for information on the history of eating utensils.

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