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Sep
15

Best Creative Award: Wikki Stix One-of-A-Kind Designer Piggy Bank

Designer Piggy Bank

Tillywik Award This is the way a Piggy Bank should look. It’s stout, hearty, pinkish, made of high quality ceramic, and it’s actually a pig, and a smiling one at that! So, even before you set about decorating it with the included assortment of 72 colored Wikki Stix, this happy fellow makes a playful, attractive addition to any home. But once the creativity kicks off and the Wikki Stix start to be applied, playtime fun catapults to a whole new level.

Wikki Stix are made of hand-knitting yarn enhanced with non-toxic food-grade wax, the kind used in bubble gum and lipstick. They’re each about six inches long, highly malleable, come in a variety of colors, and stick to almost any smooth surface using just a little finger pressure. The Piggy Bank provides the perfect canvas, and the Wikki Stix become the artistic medium children apply to great effect, making all kinds of colorful designs and nuances. They hold securely to the surface, and yet can be easily removed and repositioned, allowing whimsy and mood to guide kids to change the look of their Piggy Bank over time.

For more information, and to purchase… visit: Designer Piggy Bank

 

 

Sep
14

Wikki Stix Ninja Turtles Crafts for Kids!

Wikki Stix Ninja Turtles Crafts for Kids!
Since the arrival of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this summer, kids are once again fascinated by TURTLES! If you have little fans at home, creating a turtle craft with Wikki Stix is not only FUN, but it captures the opportunity to add some color recognition activities into daily play!

Ninja Turtle Crafts for Kids

WIKKI STIX NINJA CRAFTS

Materials needed: Green/White/Black Wikki Stix + Assorted Colors of Wikki Stix and scissors.

To create the basic turtle: invite the children to wrap Wikki Stix around itself beginning on one end to form a spiral. Have the children keep adding Wikki Stix around the basic spiral until the desired size of spiral is made. The basic turtles can be any size, but our kids used 5 green Wikki Stix for our turtles.

Have the children cut white Wikki Stix strands into four equal sections. Each of those sections will be used to create smaller spirals for the turtle’s eyes. Our kids added small black Wikki Stix balls for the iris. Set the eyes aside until the “masks” for the turtles are created.

To create the colored masks: kids can use any color of Wikki Stix for the turtle’s masks. Have the children cut colored strands of Wikki Stix to fit across the upper portion of the green spiraled turtle shape. Our kids cut colored Wikki Stix strands into thirds and placed them on the green spirals.

After the masks are created, add the eyes for a fun Wikki Stix ninja craft for pretend play!

Ninja Turtle Colors, Craft for Kids!

COLOR RECOGNITION
As the children play with the turtles, discuss the colors used on the masks. Many kids will be familiar with the colors for each of the turtle characters from the movie: Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo (named after four Renaissance artists). Other colored masks can also be created to work on additional color recognition skills.

COLOR MATCHING GAME
Print several copies of the Wikki Stix turtle matching cards here (Download the Color Matching Cards PDF here). Laminate the cards for durability if desired and have the children cut out each individual card.

Have the children turn all the cards face down on the floor. One child begins by picking up two turtle cards to find a pair of matching colored masks. If matching colors are not found, both cards are turned face down and play continues. When a matching pair is located, the child keeps that pair and takes another turn. The game is over when all the turtle mask colors have been matched.

Ninja Turtles Wrist Bands for Kids!

Turtle Wristbands for Pretend Play
The spiraled turtle crafts created above can also be used to make wristbands for pretend play!
Wrap three strands of Wikki Stix around a child’s wrist and secure the ends together. The spiraled turtles can then be placed on top of the Wikki Stix to create NINJA BANDS for play!

If you have little turtle fans at home, the Wikki Stix turtles will allow for hours FUN! Capturing a child’s interest to create special learning opportunities = priceless PLAY!

Sep
08

Wikki Stix Fall Handprint Craft and Playful Learning Activities for Kids!

Wikki Stix Fall Handprint Craft and Playful Learning Activities for Kids!

With fall just around the corner, there are many opportunities for playful learning with Wikki Stix! Come create a handprint tree craft, play with created leaf patterns, and explore fall words and beginning letters!

FALL HANDPRINT TREE CRAFT for KIDS
Materials needed: white paper, scissors, a pencil, and assorted fall colors of Wikki Stix.

To make the tree: on white paper, have the children trace their non-dominant hand with a pencil (assist younger children). With brown Wikki Stix, invite the children to trace the handprint outline to create the “tree.” Older children may wish to fill-in the handprint completely with brown Wikki Stix.

To create the leaves: cut one Wikki Stix strand in half. Fold the Wikki Stix strand over and pinch the top and the bottom together (leaving an opening in the center). If desired, the leaf veins can be created with Wikki Stix. Place the leaves around the brown handprint to create the fall tree.

The children may wish to create other fall items (like apples or pumpkins) with Wikki Stix to add to their fall tree craft!
The trees make great fall displays at home or in the classroom!

Fall Patterning Activity

FALL WIKKI STIX LEAVES PATTERNING

Materials needed: fall colors of Wikki Stix and scissors.

Invite the children to create various colors of fall leaves (per instruction given above). When the leaves are created, have the children form basic patterns with the colored leaves.

The children can create an AB pattern by alternating just TWO colors of leaves:

AB Patterning

Using THREE colors of leaves will create an ABC pattern:

ABC Leaf Patterning

The children can also create an AABBCC pattern using THREE colors of Wikki Stix:

AABBCC Patterning

What OTHER patterns can YOUR children design with the Wikki Stix created fall leaves?

Fall Beginning Letters and Words

FALL BEGINNING LETTERS and WORDS

Materials needed: one printable file (download the Fall Beginning Letters pdf here), scissors, and Wikki Stix.
Print the file above for each of the children. Laminate the pages for durability if desired.

For younger children: Say the name of the picture and invite the children to create the FIRST LETTER of the word with Wikki Stix.

For older children: The children can create the entire fall word with Wikki Stix using capital letters, a combination of created letters, or cursive writing.

EXTENSION ACTIVITY: Print several copies of the file above and use the fall cards for a matching game. Cut apart the picture cards and place face down on a table or the floor. Invite the children to turn over 2 cards at a time to see if a match is found. If the cards match, the children keep the cards. If the cards don’t match, turn them face down again and play continues. The game is over when all picture cards have been matched.

For older children: write the NAME of the picture in the blank boxes. Invite the children to match the picture card with the corresponding word for the picture.
Playful learning with Wikki Stix provides a sensory layer that will enhance learning! We hope your children enjoy creating and playing with Wikki Stix this fall!

Sep
02

Wikki Stix Farm Theme Activities for Kids

Wikki Stix Farm Theme Activities for Kids

Visiting a farm is great fun for children, but even if you don’t have an opportunity to see farm animals up close, children will love playing and learning with the Wikki Stix farm activities. The activities below are designed for children ages 3-6, but older children will enjoy playing with Wikki Stix while learning about farm animals, too!

Farm Animal Bingo activity for kids!

Farm Animal Bingo
There are two different ways you can play this bingo game.

Materials needed:
Download the Farm Animal Bingo PDF Here
Wikki Stix
Scissors

Prior to playing any of the versions below, cut out the animal picture cards on page 2 of the bingo file linked above. The children can also use scissors to cut individual Wikki Stix strands in half to be used during the game.

Laminate the playing cards and/or game board for durability if desired.

Farm Animal Bingo Version #1: Place all of the animal picture cards (face down) in a pile. Next, turn over one card at a time. The children can use Wikki Stix to cross off (make an X) each animal picture found on the bingo board. The game is over when one row (or the entire bingo board) is crossed off.

Farm Animal Bingo Version #2: An adult or older child selects one animal picture card without letting the children see what animal has been chosen. The adult (or older child) must then use descriptive words to describe which animal is being called. For example, “It has 4 legs, it is black and white, and it says ‘moo’.” Continue choosing and describing animals until all of the animals have been chosen and crossed off the bingo boards with Wikki Stix.

Sorting Farm Animals - Activity for Kids

FENCED IN FARM ANIMALS

Simple activities for sorting and classifying various farm animals:

Materials needed:
Small plastic farm animals
Wikki Stix

Prior to the sorting games: make several large circular (or rectangular) “fences” with Wikki Stix.

Give each child a variety of small farm animals and invite the children to sort each different kind of farm animal into one of the Wikki Stix fences (see photo above).

Extension idea #1: To incorporate colors into the sorting activity, call out a specific colored fence and invite the children to sort into that Wikki Stix circle. For example: “Let’s put all of the horses into the BLUE Wikki Stix fence!”

Extension idea #2: For older children who are beginning to read, label each of the fences with a farm animal’s name. Wikki Stix is great for making letters and words, too! Children must then sort the animals into the corresponding labeled Wikki Stix fence.

Extension idea #3: Use this activity to work on positional words. Have the children take turns calling out where the others should place the animals. For example: “Place the ducks ON TOP of the red Wikki Stix fence!” Other positional words to try: inside, outside, next to, beside, around, and in between.

Paper Plate Cow Craft for Kids

Materials needed:
1 large uncoated paper plate
1 small uncoated paper plate
Pink/Black Wikki Stix
Hole punch

Give each child one large paper plate and one small paper plate. Invite the children to wrap pink Wikki Stix across the bottom half of the SMALL paper plate. When finished wrapping, place the small plate on top of the large plate and position near the bottom. The Wikki Stix (from wrapping the small plate) will adhere to the large plate without the need for glue or tape. The children can make the facial features/ears with black and pink Wikki Stix (see photo above). The spots for the cow can be made with black Wikki Stix. Cow’s spots are unique; any Wikki Stix design will make great markings for the paper plate cow craft!

When the children are finished, hole punch the top of the large paper plate and thread a strand of Wikki Stix through the hole for hanging. The cows make great fall displays at home or in the classroom!
Animal Craft Activity for Kids

2 LEGS or 4 LEGS – How many legs do various farm animals have?

Materials needed:
White paper
Small farm animals
Pictures of animals commonly found on a farm (use old magazines or clip art pictures)
Wikki Stix

Explore various farm animals with the children. Look in books or magazines to find pictures to show the children animals they might see on a farm (examples: cow, duck, dogs, sheep, turkey, chicken, horse, pig, rooster, goat, etc.).

Give each child a sheet of paper and Wikki Stix. Have the children put one Wikki Stix strand vertically down the middle of the paper to divide the paper into 2 sections. The second strand of Wikki Stix should be placed horizontally across the paper (near the top). Invite the children to create the number 2 with Wikki Stix and place it on the left side of the paper. The number 4 should be placed on the right side (see photo above). Older children may wish to practice writing with Wikki Stix!

The children can count the number of legs on the farm animals and place each animal under the corresponding numbered column. The children might also wish to tear pictures from old magazines to use. Wikki Stix can also be used to adhere the magazine (or clip art) pictures to the paper.

Extension: How many legs would the FARMER have? Discuss other animals the children and how many legs each animal has.

Learning about the farm offers great opportunities for creative and playful learning. Using Wikki Stix to play will provide an extra tactile layer to encourage developing skills!

ADDITIONAL FALL PLAYFUL LEARNING RESOURCES:

APPLES ACTIVITIES

APPLE TREE CRAFTS

FALL CRAFTS

NATURE CRAFTS

5 LITTLE PUMPKINSand PUMPKIN ACTIVITIES

TRACTOR CRAFT and HARVEST CORN MAZE

PUMPKIN ESTIMATION: A FREE LESSON PLAN

SCARECROW FREE LESSON PLAN

 

Aug
25

Wikki Stix Money Activities for Kids!

Teaching kids about money is fun with Wikki Stix. The activities suggested below will help kids gain an understanding of coins and coin values through hands-on and playful learning.

Wikki Stix Money Activities for Kids!

COIN COUNTING STICKS

Materials needed: 4 Wikki Stix, pony beads (any color – 41 beads for each child) and a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter for each child.

Introduce each of the coins to the children: a penny =1 cent; a nickel=5 cents; a dime =10 cents; and a Quarter=25 cents.

Invite the children to place each coin on the far left side of a Wikki Stix. No tape or glue is necessary as the Wikki Stix will adhere to the metal coins.

Set the pony beads out in a basket or small container. Have the children count out the number of pony beads that correspond to the coin values (for example: the quarter counting stick should have 25 pony beads). The pony beads fit nicely on the Wikki Stix and it is also a great activity for enhancing fine motor skills!

Wikki Stix Coin Counting Sticks

Older children can use different coin combinations on each counting stick (for example: a nickel and a dime could be placed on the Wikki Stix). The children would then need to add 5 pony beads PLUS 10 more pony beads to the same counting stick.

WIKKI STIX COIN MAN CONSTRUCTIONS

Materials needed: Wikki Stix, white paper, scissors, and an assortment of coins.

Invite the children to create a basic stick person on paper with Wikki Stix. The person can be as elaborate or simple in design as they children desire (or have skills to create). For very young children, draw a basic design on a piece of paper and see if the children can copy the lines with Wikki Stix.

Wikki Stix can be cut with safety scissors, but younger children may need assistance cutting pieces for the arms, body, and legs.

Wikki Stix Coin Man

The children can then use the coins to create a head, hands, feet, or to cover the coin man’s body. Have the children count the coins on their coin man and ADD the coin values to find the total. The number can then be created with Wikki Stix, if desired (see photo below). Younger children might wish to use only pennies (or fewer coins) to create their coin man. Older children can use quarters, half dollars, or any combination of coins.

Wikki Stix Coin Man Money Activities for Kids!

COIN RUBBINGS

Materials needed: Wikki Stix, Aluminum foil, Paper Plates, and Coins.

Coin rubbings are a fun sensory activity to help children distinguish between different coins.

Invite the children to make a small ball or spiral from Wikki Stix and use the spiral to adhere the coins to a paper plate (see photo below).

Cover the coins with a piece of aluminum foil and use Wikki Stix to hold the aluminum foil in place. The children can gently rub a finger over the raised coins to make coin prints. It’s a little coin “magic” for kids when the images appear!

Coin Rubbings

COIN MATCHING GAME

Materials needed: Wikki Stix, one printable MONEY MATCHING game file (download the PDF file here), and scissors.

Prior to the activity: laminate the game file pages for durability (or cover with clear contact paper).

Wikki Stix Coint Matching

Invite the children to cut out the coin cards on page 2 of the file. The children can use Wikki Stix to adhere the coin cards to the corresponding coin values on page 1 (the children can make an x with Wikki Stix or form small spirals to adhere the coin cards).

Wikki Stix Coin Matching for Kids

For an additional activity: have the children cut out all the coin cards and randomly place them face down on a table or the floor. The children can play a “memory style” matching game with the coin cards. One child must turn over two cards at a time to find a matching pair of coins. If the child does not find a pair, the cards are turned face down again. Play then passes to another child (or continues with a single player) until all the coin cards are matched.

For MORE creative resources for MATH and MONEY, see:

DESIGNER PIGGY BANK – teach kids how to spend, save, and give with their own personalized piggy bank! See the image below!

Designer Piggy Bank
Wikki Stix REKENREKS
– a Wikki Stix created early math tool.

Wikki Stix Early Math Free Printable Lesson Plans

PLEASE NOTE: coins are a choking hazard and activities would not be appropriate for children who still put objects in their mouth without direct supervision.

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