“Why the heck does this only work on this hand?”
Beginner Chopsticks │Life in China
You know you live in Asia when your child isn’t even three, and already he’s expressing a desire to use chopsticks. His whole life he has been watching us use them on a daily basis – at home, and in restaurants. He always used to grab them and play with them, but lately he is trying to use them too.
About a year ago he would only stab a piece of food with one chopstick, and eat it that way. Lately he tries to pick up food using both of them.
Tools for Learning
Fortunately, using chopsticks is a learned skill… so even Asian kids have to start somewhere. They obviously start them super young over here, and there are therefore tools to make the learning easier.
The beginner chopsticks that you see to the right are connected, and cannot be taken apart. They are recommend for children three and up, and come with three finger loops. These loops teach young ones where to place their fingers on the sticks.
About two weeks ago, Eli got one of these and he was just delighted. Very soon after that, it dawned on us that Eli might not be able to learn on this kind. We suspect that he might be left-handed, so we will have to pick up a slightly different style for him. The ones that you see on the left are only connected by a little rubber “head”, and they don’t have the finger loops. These are probably for a more advanced level, but since the finger loops on the other one don’t turn around, they can’t be used for left-handed people. This got us thinking – what else do we need to get for Eli if he is left-handed?
Interesting fact: Justin thinks that he was supposed to be left-handed!
These two are two peas in a pod – so it doesn’t surprise me that Eli is a late talker (just like Justin was), he has no interest in potty training (like daddy at this age) and he is showing left-handed tendencies (Just like Justin did, and still does).
We aren’t even 100% sure if he is left-handed, but just in case he is, we will buy more simple beginner chopsticks. That way he can learn in whatever way he needs to. We are so proud of our little man, and all of the ways that he is progressing. I haven’t shared too much about this, but I have had battled many bouts of anxiety concerning Eli’s language and communication. After much prayer and a change of heart, I have happily accepted that he is EXACTLY where he needs to be, and progressing at EXACTLY the speed that God intended for him.
Eli practicing picking up some biscuits on the first day he got his niffy chopsticks.
Look at that sweet face! He barely stands still long enough for me to snap a picture, so most photos of him look like this. If he is looking at the camera, then he is moving, and therefore, barely ever in focus.
We look forward to seeing this little guy mastering the use of chopsticks!