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wikki-stixOpen any occupational therapist’s bag, and you are certain to see certain portable tools and toys that are fun for children to use while providing opportunities to enhance their skills. [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Tons of Fun[/easyazon-link] should definitely be among these items. Small, lightweight colored strips that are made of wax and yarn, Wikki Stix are flexible both literally and figuratively. They can be twisted, bent, squished and shaped into just about anything a child can imagine. They can also be used to tap into a large variety of skills.

In fact, [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix[/easyazon-link] are so useful and entertaining that I feel that they should be tucked into any parent or educator’s pocket or purse as well. They are non-toxic, re-usable and without mess – able to stick to most surfaces with just fingertip pressure, but easily removable, without leaving stains. This makes them a perfect solution for helping children pass time while in a waiting room or restaurant, as well as a great manipulative tool for honing in on educational skills.

Tons of Fun
We received the [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Tons of Fun[/easyazon-link] for review courtesy of National Autism Resources, and I have to say, it lives up to its claim. Not only does the pack provide oodles of enjoyment, but it inspires loads of uses, too.

In the pack are:

  • Wikki Stix in many colors and shades, which can be used, of course, to practice color vocabulary or simply to create beautiful art pieces and projects.
  • an Idea Sheet for Colorful Critters, Funny Friends, Spoon Puppets and Stick Puppets, which not only serve as fun crafts, but also encourage fine motor work (in the making) and language and social skills (when playing with the finished product).
  • a bag with a few feathers, some googly eyes, some sequins and some pom poms for use in creating those fun creatures. These, of course, can help promote the pincer grasp as well as provide tactile input.
  • a bag of colorful popsicle sticks and small wooden cut outs shaped like hearts, stars and triangles, which can be used for Stick Puppets or other creative endeavors, encouraging design and pre-engineering skills if your kids are anything like mine.
  • several fish and butterfly cut-outs and an idea sheet for decorating them.
  • a blank reusable board for writing and drawing with Wikki Stix on.
  • a Project Sheet with full color pictures and written project details for a Jewelry Box, Lunch Bag Buddies, Gift Giving Bags and Canny Creations, which helps children imagine new ways to jazz up every day items creating fun projects.
  • four blank faces, with dotted lines to guide children in outlining hair or hats, but the rest blank, so children can get creative making the faces, of course, opening up discussions about emotions.
  • two blank cards, for creating greeting cards that can be given as a gift or made and remade at will, perhaps as place-name cards. These of course, encourage communication, writing and creativity.
  • the Do-Wikki Game, including four white design boards, a spinner and directions for playing a game that encourages language skills (through using such categories as food, outdoors, clothing, etc.) as well as creativity and tactile input, as players design and build their own creations.
  • and, of course, a colorful flyer with other Wikki Stix products pictured on it, just to tempt you into picking out your next great Wikki Stix fun product.

And, if that isn’t enough, with a little imagination, you can come up with many more uses for your [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix[/easyazon-link]. Among those we have tried out are:

  • making alphabet letters for letter recognition and beginning reading and spelling.
  • using Wikki Stix as collars and leashes for a variety of small stuffed toys and figurines.
  • squishing Wikki Stix together to make balls of various sizes.
  • designing our own playing pieces for board games.
  • using Wikki Stix as a fidget toy in the car and at church.

And, we are looking forward to discovering even more ways to use them.

Truly, we have been loving [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix[/easyazon-link] at our house. They are exactly the type of “toy” I like – one without bells and whistles that is versatile and engages my children in pursuits of creativity and learning. In fact, I have almost nothing but praise for the product.

The only drawbacks I can see with the [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Tons of Fun[/easyazon-link] are that:

  • the butterfly and fish shapes are simply cardstock cut outs. Thus, I was afraid they wouldn’t hold up to a lot of use and have not used them yet. I am waiting until we do our fish and butterfly units when warmer weather hits.
  • In today’s world that encourages diversity, the blank faces could have used a different shade of color for the skin tone on each.

Definitely Worth It
These slight pitfalls aside, I highly recommend [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Tons of Fun[/easyazon-link] as both a toy that children will have so much fun with that they may not even realize it is also a tool for learning and skill development. No home or professional OT kit should be without Wikki Stix!

Two Related Items
There are a number of other [easyazon-link asin=”B001BCAX62″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix[/easyazon-link] products that are sure to please your kids. A few are:

  • [easyazon-link asin=”B000PEN8U0″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Big Count Box[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”0974665207″ locale=”us”]The Wikki Stix Book of Wiggles, Squiggles & Curlicues[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B001GIK6EU” locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Alphabet Fun Cards for Learning[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”B0039NNEBW” locale=”us”]Wikki Stix Glow in the Dark[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”0974665223″ locale=”us”]Wikki Stix One of a Kind Creatables and Curious George A Trip to The Circus Activity Book[/easyazon-link]
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Martianne is a homeschooling mom with over 20 years of experience in education, youth work and dramatic arts both in the United States and abroad. With certifications as a Middle School Generalist and English 8-12 teacher, plus a drawer full of certificates from a wide variety of professional development workshops and graduate courses, she brings a comprehensive "traditional" background to her present-day creative pursuits. Visit Martianne at Training Happy Hearts.