My daughter wants to learn how to eat with chopsticks so I decided to get her some training chopsticks to help her. This set comes with 4 pairs of chopsticks which is great for families with multiple children so they can share the set. The chopsticks are made of BPA Free melamine and each pair has its own silicone animal topper. The set includes a black and white panda with black sticks, a yellow giraffe with yellow sticks, a blue elephant with blue sticks and a pink flamingo with pink sticks. The sticks measure 7 inches and measure around 8 to 9 inches tall when the toppers are attached.
These training chopsticks can be used by kids as well as by adults who want to learn how to properly use a set of chopsticks. The toppers can be remove and the sticks can be used as regular chopsticks when they have mastered using them. The toppers can also be used as chopstick rests to keep the tips of the sticks clean and off of the table while not being used. The chopsticks did not include any usage or care instructions. Since melamine and silicone is dishwasher safe, I assumed that these would be ok to put in the dishwasher. I washed them in the silverware tray of my dishwasher and they can out fine. They also can be quickly hand washed.
These do tend to crisscross quite often when the toppers are used but that helps to reinforce that the correct finger placement needs to be used. to keep the sticks straight. Using chopsticks is also great for helping to develop hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills. This is a good quality set of training chopsticks and an awesome value because it comes with 4 pairs.