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Nov
23

Wikki Stix Reindeer Ornament Crafts for Kids!

Wikki Stix Reindeer Ornament Crafts for Kids!
On Donder, On Blizten…or is Santa’s Reindeer called Donner? Clement Clarke Moore is credited for changing the names of Santa’s last two reindeer in the 1844 printing of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Originally the reindeer were called Dunder and Blixem (Dutch for thunder and lightning). However you’d like to name the reindeer, kids will be anxiously looking for all the reindeer to pull Santa’s sleigh this Christmas!

Invite your kids to create some special Christmas memories by making adorable Wikki Stix Reindeer Ornaments! The reindeer ornaments make great gifts for teachers and friends or to hang on the tree while waiting for Santa’s arrival!

Clothespin Reindeer
Wikki Stix Clothespin Reindeer Craft
Materials needed: 1 clothespin per craft, brown Wikki Stix, White/Black Wikki Stix, scissors, and a red pompom.

  • Invite the children to wrap brown Wikki Stix, one at a time, around the clothespin leaving just a part of the clothespin showing on the top/bottom.
  • The reindeer’s eyes are created from cut white Wikki Stix pieces formed into a ball or spiral. The children can cut small black pieces of Wikki Stix for the centers of the reindeer’s eyes.
  • To make the antlers: make a V shape from one brown Wikki Stix and adhere to the back of the clothespin. The children can make two additional (smaller) V shapes from brown Wikki Stix to adhere to finish the reindeer’s antlers (see photo above).
  • Finally, have the children add a red pompom to the end of the clothespin. The pompom will adhere to the brown Wikki Stix without the need for glue.

Candy Candy Reindeer Craft

Wikki Stix Candy Cane Ornament Craft for Kids
Materials needed: two candy canes (per craft), brown/white/black Wikki Stix, scissors, and a red pompom.

  • Invite the children to place two candy canes side by side with the curved pieces of the canes facing outward (see photo above).
  • The children can then wrap brown Wikki Stix, one at a time, around the candy canes to hold them together.
  • The reindeer’s eyes are created with small cut pieces white Wikki Stix balls with smaller black Wikki Stix balls for the centers.
  • Add a red pompom just below the reindeer’s eyes to resemble Rudolph’s nose (no glue will be needed as the pompom will adhere to the brown Wikki Stix).

Wikki Stix Reindeer Candy Ornament

Wikki Stix Reindeer Candy Ornament Craft
Materials needed: one clear plastic ornament (sold at dollar stores or craft stores), any kind of brown candies, brown/white/black/red Wikki Stix, scissors, and a red pompom.

  • Have the children place any brown candies inside the clear ornament (remove the hanger and replace when filled).
  • To make the antlers: invite the kids to make a V with brown Wikki Stix and press onto the ornament’s hanger. Smaller V shapes can be made from brown Wikki Stix and pressed onto the ends of the brown V shape (see photo above).
  • The reindeer’s eyes are created from small white Wikki Stix balls and small black centers.
  • Have the children cut a small piece of black Wikki Stix and form into a ball. The ball should be placed on the backside of the red pompom to adhere the reindeer’s nose to the ornament.
  • If desired, the children can thread Wikki Stix through the ornament’s top to create a hanger for the tree.

Cardboard Tube Reindeer
Wikki Stix Cardboard Tube Reindeer Craft
Materials needed: Red, white, black and brown Wikki Stix, scissors, and a cardboard tube (such as a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll cut into halves or thirds).

  • Invite the children to use a white Wikki Stix and create a spiraled (pinwheel) shaped pattern. This will be part of the reindeer’s eye. Repeat the process to create a second eye. Add a small piece of black Wikki Stix to complete the reindeer’s eyeball. Attach to the toilet paper tube near the top. Since the Wikki Stix are coated in wax, they will adhere to the cardboard tube (no glue is necessary).
  • Next, create antlers by twisting and bending several pieces of brown Wikki Stix. Place the created antler’s inside the tube (leaving some brown pieces sticking out slightly from the top).
  • Third, roll a red Wikki Stix into a ball and place just under the eyes to resemble the reindeer’s nose.
  • Finally, use a black Wikki Stix to create the reindeer’s mouth and to finish your Rudolph cardboard tube craft.

It is the season of excitement and blessed anticipation! We hope your children enjoy creating the Wikki Stix Reindeer crafts! For more Christmas Crafts with Wikki Stix, please see:
Christmas Ornament Crafts to Make and Take
Frozen-Inspired Snowman Treat Bags and Printable Toppers
Christmas Candy Cane and Peppermint Ornament Crafts for Kids

Nov
20

Make a Pink Hippo with Wikki Stix!

Pink Hippo Craft with Wikki Stix
Re-purposed items that might have been thrown away:

  • 2 broken crayons
  • 1 plastic Easter egg
  • Assorted bits and pieces of Wikki Stix

Items you need to create a Wikki Stix Pink HippoAdditional items that we used for this project:

  • 1 1/2 packs of single color Wikki Stix (pink – Item #827)

How we did it:

  • To make the body of the Hippo, we started by wrapping the plastic egg with 1 layer of pink Wikkies,
    curling a Wikki at one end into a tail that sticks out and away from the body.
  • We then wrapped 4 equal sized pieces of crayon (1 crayon broken into 4 pieces) to make the 4 legs.
  • Then, with 2 equal pieces of crayon positioned side by side, (1 crayon broken in half) we wrapped the
    Wikki Stix around them, and into the shape of the Hippo’s head.
  • We shaped, from additional pieces of pink Wikki Stix, the ears and lower jaw and then applied them
    to the head.
  • Almost done, we used scraps of white, black and blue Wikki Stix to make the teeth, eyes, nose, toes
    and ears.
  • We then put the legs and head onto the body, and voilà!

We now have a Pink Hippo!

Nov
17

Frozen-Inspired Wikki Stix Build a Snowman Craft and Treat Bags for Kids!

Frozen-Inspired Wikki Stix Build a Snowman Craft and Treat Bags for Kids!

If you have kids at home, you are probably familiar with the Disney movie, FROZEN. The film is a wonderful variation of the SNOW QUEEN by Hans Christian Andersen that includes a funny little snowman character named Olaf. This Christmas, invite your children to create Frozen-inspired Wikki Stix snowman crafts or treat bags that will encourage creativity and fine motor skills! The “Build a Snowman” crafts and bags make a great party activity, a classroom gift, or a gift from kids to family and friends.

Wikki Stix “Build a Snowman” Craft for Kids!

Materials needed: Scissors, 10 White Wikki Stix , 3 Brown Wikki Stix, 3 Black Wikki Stix, and 1 Orange Wikki Stix.

To create the Wikki Stix Snowman: the snowman’s body is created with white Wikki Stix spirals. The bottom of the snowman is made by wrapping 3 white Wikki Stix to form a flat spiral; the middle spiral is created with 2 white Wikki Stix. The head is designed from a diamond shape. Invite the children to make a diamond shape from one white Wikki Stix. The head is finished by filling in the diamond shape with additional white Wikki Stix. Olaf’s feet are created from one white Wikki Stix that has been cut in half and formed into two smaller balls or spirals. If desired, the children can add small black Wikki Stix balls for the snowman’s buttons.

To create the Snowman’s Features/Hair/Arms: Olaf’s mouth is created from one black Wikki Stix formed into a triangle (round the corners slightly) and a white Wikki Stix rectangle tooth. Olaf’s eyes are made from small white Wikki Stix balls (outlined with black Wikki Stix) and small black ball centers. Pieces of black Wikki Stix are also used for the eyebrows. Kids can make Olaf’s nose from half of an orange Wikki Stix formed into a ball. Olaf’s “stick” hair is designed from cut pieces of brown Wikki Stix. Cut four or five smaller pieces of Wikki Stix and press to the backside of the snowman’s head (so that some of the brown pieces are showing to resemble sticks). Brown Wikki Stix is also used to create the stick arms and fingers for Olaf. Just press the pieces together and join the brown stick arm underneath the snowman’s body.

“Build a Snowman” Treat Bags with Printable Topper for Kids!

Wikki Stix “Build a Snowman” Treat Bags with Printable Topper for Kids!

In the movie, Olaf’s body comes apart in many silly ways. The funny snowman has captivated kids and is a beloved character. According to Chris Buck (Co-Director of Frozen), “The fun part of Olaf, we learned early on that his body parts can fall apart and we knew that we would want to take full advantage of that. You will see quite a bit more of that in the movie in a surprising way.”

With Wikki Stix, the snowman craft can be taken apart and re-constructed over and over. Wikki Stix is made from durable materials that will withstand many hours of creative use! The snowman building challenge can be adapted for kids of various ages. In the photo above, the snowman creation is designed for 3-5 year old kids. The snowman can be separated into additional pieces by removing the eyes, mouth, eyebrow parts, and nose to make the snowman construction more challenging.

Materials needed: one Wikki Stix snowman craft (created above and separated into pieces), 1 sandwich-sized plastic bag, and one printable bag topper (Build a Snowman Topper).

Frozen-Inspired Treat Bag

Place all of the Wikki Stix snowman pieces inside of a plastic sandwich bag. Print the bag toppers (linked above) and have the children cut the topper out. Fold the bag topper in the center, put over the top of the sandwich bag, and staple the middle to hold the topper in place.
The Olaf “Build a Snowman” treat bags will provide hours of construction and pretend play for kids this Christmas! They make a great party gift, a stocking stuffer, or a winter non-candy treat!
For more Wikki Stix Ideas for Learning, Giving, and Play this Christmas, visit:

Wikki Stix Christmas Ornaments that Kids Can Make
Candy Cane and Peppermint Crafts for Kids
Cardboard Tube Reindeer Craft and Christmas Lesson Plans

[1] Pockross, A. (2013, July 11). Frozen Director’s Put Next Disney Animation on Ice. Retrieved November 13, 2014, from https://www.yahoo.com/movies/bp/frozen-directors-put-next-animated-disney-classic-ice-182032518.html

Nov
10

Easy Wikki Stix Thankful Turkey Craft for Kids

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Wikki Stix Thankful Turkey Crafts are a meaningful craft for kids to make while preparations are underway. Teaching kids about thankfulness and gratitude begins early and at home. Good manners, common courtesies, and the ability to wait for things we want are learned when children see examples modeled for them at home. Come create a special seasonal craft that will encourage children to consider all the things they have to be thankful for!

Easy Wikki Stix Thankful Turkey Craft for Kids

Wikki Stix Thankful Turkey Crafts for Kids
Materials needed: Black or Brown Wikki Stix (Turkey Body), Orange Wikki Stix (feet and beak), White Wikki Stix (eyes), and Red Wikki Stix (Turkey’s Wattle), scissors, markers or crayons, and construction paper or the turkey feathers printable linked here (download the Turkey Feathers pdf file here).

Prior to the craft: cut turkey feathers from construction paper or have the children cut out the turkey feathers from the printable linked above.

Discuss with children what thankfulness means. Thankfulness is an active term that requires participation from kids in some manner. To be thankful, our hearts must learn to appreciate what we have and express that appreciation (whether with our words, gestures, or acts of service/gifts). Ask the children what they are thankful for. Most children are thankful for toys, but help them think beyond toys to become aware of other things that they are grateful for: homes, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, friends to play with, grandparents or other family members, food, health, teachers, coaches, church, and school.

Older children can write what they are thankful for on the construction paper feathers or the feathers from the printable. Younger children can dictate to an older child or have an adult help them write on the feathers. Set the feathers aside until the Wikki Stix turkey is created.

Thankful Turkey Craft for Kids!

To make the Wikki Stix Turkey: Have the children make a large black or brown ball from Wikki Stix. The children can simply “smoosh” Wikki Stix into a small ball and continue wrapping Wikki Stix around the initial ball until the desired size is achieved (see photo below). The head of the turkey is created with a smaller brown or black Wikki Stix ball. The eyes are created from small cut pieces of white Wikki Stix (formed into a ball or spiral) with black Wikki Stix centers. To create the beak, have the children press orange Wikki Stix into a triangular shape. The wattle is created from a red Wikki Stix and then attached to the bottom of the turkey’s head. If desired, the children can also create the turkey’s feet from cut pieces of orange Wikki Stix.

WS Thankful Turkey Craft idea for Kids!

Gather the labeled turkey feathers and invite the children to press the paper feathers on the body of the Wikki Stix turkey. The paper will adhere to the Wikki Stix and no glue or tape will be necessary. Place the head of the turkey in front of the paper feathers to finish the thankful turkey craft.

The Wikki Stix Thankful Turkeys are a great craft for kids to create and display! Grab your Wikki Stix and come create, play, and learn with us this Thanksgiving!

For MORE Wikki Stix Ideas for Fall or Thanksgiving, see:

Wikki Stix Pilgrim Hat Counting Sticks

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Activities

Wikki Stix Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Wikki Stix Hand Turkeys

Free Wikki Stix Thanksgiving/Harvest Lesson Plan

Scarecrow-Themed Lesson Plan for Kids

Nov
04

Excuses to sing, dance, laugh, cry, shout…or eat chocolate!

By Kem Clark, president of the Wikki Stix Co.

Okay…are you ready for this? You have to totally think out of the box for this. (Don’t cheat and scroll down to the bottom.)

You are traveling in a car at a constant speed. On your left side is a double decker bus and on your right side is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you.

In front of you is a galloping pig which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is a helicopter flying at ground level.

Both the giant pig and the helicopter are also traveling at the same speed as you.

What must you do to safely get out of this extremely dangerous situation?



Wikki Stix then and now!

Wikki Stix Then
Wikki Stix Now

Did you play with Wikki Stix as a kid? What did you make? Did you put your name on your bedroom door? Create a picture for the frig? Make friendship bracelets and rings? A flower for Mom?

Are your kids making something totally different with Wikki Stix now? After all, Wikki Stix are totally open-ended… no right or wrong way to play. So, send a picture, or an email to show us what’s current on the frig today!!


Answer!
Get off the children’s Merry Go Round; you’ve had way too much wine !

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