I grew up using chopsticks. Personally, there isn't a type of Asian food that I don't like (ok - so there really isn't any ethnic food I don't like). In this day and age where Chinese food restaurants are as common as the local pizza shop, all kids should get to know how to use chopsticks. My kids have a couple of pairs of them and when we go to restaurants, the wait staff usually makes their own version of children's chopsticks. Here are couple I've found for the kids (and grown ups).
These Red Chopsticks are $2.99. It also comes in black. You can buy them at KGrocer. We have these and the kids like them. However, they only use them when they can't find their animal chopsticks (see below). I guess it doesn't have anything that grabs the kids' attention.
These Animal Chopsticks are $2.45 each or 10 for $22. You can buy them at AmazonAnimal Chopsticks. We also have these and my kids love them.
These Party People chopsticks are six for $11.99 . You can buy them at Amazon .
Party People Chopsticks
These Clothespin Chopsticks are less than $20 for a set of 4 and come in an assortment of colors. You can buy them at Amazon.
Finally, the Chopstick Kids are $10.99 for a girl and boy set. You can buy them at Amazon. (We already discussed these chopstick (holders) in Top 10 "Inventalicious" Products.)
Step by Step Instructions:
What's the point of having chopsticks if you don't know how to use them. Here are some step by step instructions courtesy of KGrocer.
1. Hold one chopstick between your thumb and middle finger. Position the chopstick so that it lies at the base of your thumb (on the joint) and at the lower joint of the middle finger. This chopstick shouldn't touch the forefinger.
2. Place the other chopstick between your thumb and forefinger. The side of the chopstick should rest against the tip of your thumb; the top of the chopstick should rest against the pad of your forefinger.
3. Be sure the tips of the chopsticks are parallel.
4. Keep the first chopstick stationary as you practice moving the second chopstick toward the stationary one.
5. Use this technique to position the chopsticks around a piece of food.
6. Hold the food firmly as you lift it toward your mouth.