When my cousin and I went for sushi, we were seated at a tiny table with a wobbly leg that left my chopsticks rolling around. That is, until he showed me how to make a rest for my chopsticks out of the wrapper. Now I'm passing along my knowledge of what might just be the world's most functional origami piece. Read on to make your own.
It's hard to keep kids seated at the table with all the holiday hoopla, so pull a few tricks out of your purse that will keep them entertained and eating. In addition to providing fun at family dinners, they also help calm kids in restaurants.
- Chopstick Kids — Available in a pink girl or a red boy, these washable melamine chopsticks are easy to use and double as lil stilt walkers.
- Bambu Utensils — The eco-friendly and durable organic bamboo forks and spoons are made for small hands
- Dinnersaurs — For the budding archaeologist, there's prehistoric silverware. The Spoonosaurus and Tricerafork are ergonomically designed.
- 3-Piece Flatware Set — Bound together and easily taken a part, this flatware set includes a generous scoop spoon, a fork, and dulled toddler knife.
- Puppet Flatware Set — It's flatware that does double duty. Children can play puppets while wearing them on their fingers and then take them off to eat their meal.
- Clothespin Chopsticks —Washable acrylic chopsticks are a great way to encourage dexterity development in kids by pinching the clothespin.
- 3-Piece Jingle Flatware Set — The stainless-steel and polypropylene three-piece sets come in just about every shade, and they snap together on a rubber ring.
This just in from Japan: Yummy-looking, chopstick-friendly lingerie. The cups of this bra serve up Japanese rice and soup bowls, while the sides of the bra store chopsticks for eco-friendly eating on the go. Why be wasteful and use disposable wood chopsticks, when you can reuse the plastic pair tucked safely away in your bra? It makes (some) sense, but could you actually equip your chest with chopsticks?
Better Living Through Design recently posted about these Restless Chopsticks. They're uniquely shaped with a thinner tip that doesn't touch the table. Designed by Mikiya Kobayashi, they're really quite clever. This way, the part that goes in your mouth doesn't have to touch the table. I like them, but what about you? What do you think of these Restless Chopsticks? Available in mustard, red, black, or off-white for $12 each.
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