Eating with hands and fingers is natural for the younger children, but a it’s not a proper way. There comes a
stage when a child needs to master the art of using a spoon and fork. Though initially it seems very difficult for them and they may eat lesser or even refuse to eat but with encouragement, proper motivation by making them sit and eat with you and letting them watch the way you eat, they will start doing so by the time they reach 3 or 4 years of age [Bright Future]
Below I am going to state the Proper Method to achieve this task. But remember patience is the key.
Yes, they make special utensils for the little ones like training mugs, training spoons and forks etc. These utensils are small and have chubby handles and safely rounded edges on the fork tines and spoon edges.
Use Shallow Bowls
Serve food in shallow bowls with rounded sides to help your child use utensils for eating. The rounded sides will provide a sturdy edge against which the child may push the utensil to load it with food. Give your child choice by placing the utensils in front of your child at meal time. Teach your child how to grasp the utensils in his hands remember the child won’t be able to grasp it properly and the utensils may slip from his hand if its full or heavy.
First let the Child eat his way
Just let them use either their fingers or the utensils but urge them to use the utensils. Tell them its not appropriate to eat with fingers as there may be germs in them and will make him sick. Encourage him by using the same type of utensils yourself. This will make him feel friendly and curious at the same time. Motivation and encouragement is the key.