Chopstick Challenge

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After preparing a meal of homemade sushi, Travis was eager to learn how to use chopsticks. I remember learning this same skill as a child, and how tricky it can be! Here were a few fun games (hint: there’s candy involved) that honed his skills.

First up was simply showing him proper form, with the chopstick wedged between thumb and pointer finger. Then I showed him how to place the second chopstick between thumb and forefinger and to use the middle finger on top like a little lever.

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It was tricky, but he was a good sport about it! For the games that followed, he did revert to a typical first-timer move, pinching the items between two chopsticks with one in each hand instead.

His favorite was Color Sorting because of course we used candy.

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Choose any candy with multiple colors and move them from a jumble into color-sorted piles.

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The reward of course was eating them.

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Next up was a Pick-Up Relay. You can play this as a true competition, moving items from a full bowl to an empty one and seeing who’s fastest, but Travis and I worked as a “team”. He tackled the easy item (mini Dandies marshmallows) and I handled the hard one (marbles – tough even for grown-ups!)

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Then we played a Passing Game. Using chopsticks, we passed a rubber band back and forth. Travis loved this one!

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Finally, we played Chopstick in the Hole. Tie a string to a chopstick and then the other end to a player’s wrist.

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The goal was to lower the chopstick into an empty water bottle. There may, in fact, have been some cheating involved.

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But Travis was still so proud!

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