Combi Chopstix

Combi Chopstix

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Janel Laban
Dec 6, 2006

(Welcome to Janie, one of the finalists vying for a blogging position at the upcoming AT:The Nursery. Comment away.)

It's never too early to start training your little one on the art of chopstick use.

We've all seen adult diners that have to ask for a fork in order to eat their bowl of steaming noodles.

To save your worldly little one from a similar fate, Combi serves up Chopstix, a trainer pair for toddlers (or possibly their parents) with a penchant for sushi.

Sometimes learning to eat Cheerios with your fingers is just not enough.

Combi is a Japanese company that is best known for its extremely portable strollers. Beyond strollers, we discovered a few fun Combi designed accessories like these Chopstix. Not only does eating with these Chopstix create a fun culinary adventure, it also encourages the development of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

It works like this: at stage 1, the orange bridge encourages proper finger technique to hold the chopsticks. Once the child has mastered proper placement of the fingers, at stage 2 the orange bridge can be removed, leaving the yellow wheel as a fulcrum holding the two sticks together. Finally, at stage 3 the yellow wheel is removed and your child is ready for full omikase (or at the very least broccoli).

We test-drove a pair and they work well. The ease of use won't cause frustration for little ones. Plus, the modern design is affordable. Priced at about $7, you can afford a few extra pairs to throw into your diaper bag, even if it's just to pick up chicken nuggets. The clean design is appealing to parents, with just enough color and whimsy to make it attractive to kids. Combi pulls it off – more Starck and Graves, than Fisher-Price.

-Janie

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