How To Open a Can: Sunday Skill

Today’s Sunday skill is teaching your kids how to open a can with a mechanical can opener. This is another one of those tools where most of us are so used to popping out the electrical can opener that if we have a mechanical one, it is likely buried in the back of your drawer and your kids have no idea what it is. It won’t do much good for you to have a stocked panty if your family cannot get the cans open! Every household should have a minimum of two manual can openers (in case one breaks). I personally have 3 of the ones below and numerous bottle opener types that would just do a V-shaped puncture open. You can pick can openers up super cheap if you keep your eye out for them. IKEA is actually one of my favorite places for picking tools like this up for $1 or $2. They are also commonly found at Goodwill Stores and garage sales for 50 cents.

Manual Can Opener

how to open a can with a manual can opener

I’m going to assume here that most parents are capable of showing their kids how to use one of these but here are instructions with pictures in case you need a refresher course.

 How To Open a Can WITHOUT a Can Opener

But what if you need to open a can and you cannot find a manual can opener? This is a super neat trick I stumbled upon that is a great Sunday Skill for us adults:


If you don’t have a knife, rub it a bit more and you can likely get your fingernail under the lid to pry it open.

How To Open a Bottle of Wine With Your Shoe

And as an added bonus….this is a fun little video on how to open a bottle of wine with your shoe. I haven’t tried it but I can think of a few times I would have been desperate enough to!



Looking for more easy ideas? This link to prepping for kids should help! Is there another skill you would like me to cover? Let me know in the comments! Have a great week.

*I’d like to thank the folks at for pointing out the two videos I included here.


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    • I am so glad the site is helping you! You’re comment meant a lot to me. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

      There are a lot of prepper words I don’t like too.

      I think the good thing about Doomsday Preppers is that it has a lot of people talking. The bad thing is that they make it so sensational. It makes being a “prepper” embarrassing. I find myself screaming back at the TV this year with stuff like…”you know that makes NO sense right?” I can’t watch it anymore. I am a big believer in practical prepping and adopting it, just like couponing, into your everyday life. It’s interesting how once you start to think about issues that could arise, a lot of solutions come to mind. That’s what it is all about 🙂 have a great day!

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