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Oct
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2011
Oct 20, 2011

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Eating with chopsticks is an art form. Personally, I don’t think it’s an easy thing to do but I do think it’s great exercise for the brain especially if you’re not used to eating with chopsticks. Enter the Typhoon Rookie Stix. During a recent trip to a local kitchen store, I came across these really fancy looking plastic chopsticks. I gravitated towards them because they’re smaller than some of the other plastic ‘helper’ chopsticks that I’ve seen marketed for younger children. Now, having said that, I have no idea if these Typhoon Rookie Stix are designed for young children but I thought I’d give them a try to see if they’d be a good fit for my little thingsthatwedo.com tester (aka my daughter).

Product review: What happened?

I came home with these Typhoon Rookie Stix and instantly, my child was interested in the cool ‘M’ design which is what helps to keep the chopsticks together. We washed them and used them to eat noodles that night. The Rookie Stix fit well in her little hands and they were light weight. We owned a different pair of kid chopsticks (with a cute monkey character on top) but it was much stiffer and heavier which gave her limited movements. Her hands also got tired so she’d resort back to a fork halfway through a meal.
So, the question now becomes: how well did these Typhoon Rookie Stix fare? Well, the bonus is that they are significantly lighter than the other pair so she used them for a longer period of time. However, given their pointier tips, it wasn’t always easy for her to hold on to her noodles. If she squeezed the Rookie Stix together too hard, the noodles would also spring out of her grasp. Eventually, she did get a little frustrated and reverted back to the fork.
This gave me a chance to try them out and for me, they worked out well. The Typhoon Rookie Stix fit well in my hands and being light weight, they were certainly easy to navigate. I could easily pick up the noodles and as an adult, I have better control of applying just the right amount of pressure with the Rookie Stix without having the noodles fly everywhere.

Verdict:

Would I buy this Typhoon Rookie Stix for a friend that couldn’t eat with chopsticks? Sure, I think they’re cool enough that my friend wouldn’t get offended that I’d bought them for him/her but they’re probably not as functional for young children as I had hoped. I loved the lightweight feel of them but the Rookie Stix requires a level of fine motor dexterity that goes beyond the average capacity of a typical 5 year old.  For effectiveness, her heavier monkey chopsticks worked better even though they weighed a ton. These Typhoon Rookie Stix might work well with older children who have moved beyond the monkey chopstick phase.
There is one more comment I’m going to make. Given that they are made from plastic, I don’t know how comfortable I’d be using them over a long period of time. I have no idea what type of plastic it’s made from and whether chemicals in the plastic might leach into the hot foods I’m eating, especially if it’s a hot bowl of noodle soup. Having said that, it’s not a comment targeted only at the Typhoon Rookie Stix because it’s a general concern I have for all things made of plastic but felt obligated to say it here.
Let me end off this Typhoon Rookie Stix review by stating the obvious even though you know it all by heart already. This review is by ThingsThatWeDo.com and no one else. If you see this review anywhere else except on my site at thingsthatwedo.com, know that I have not consented to having any part of this product review (or this website for that matter), to be re-produced, copied, or re-printed anywhere else. It’s sad that I now have to be mindful of using such language to make sure others don’t just swipe away the material that I’ve so carefully typed up. I mean, after all, who’s the one coming up with all these opinions? Me, of course! Me, myself, and I here at thingsthatwedo dot com!
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