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Dec
15

Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Learning Activities for Young Kids!

Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Learning Activities for Young Kids!

Young kids are fascinated with Christmas lights! The beautiful colors of Christmas light displays attract both young and old each holiday season. The following Wikki Stix activities are designed capture the excitement of Christmas lights and enhance learning through fine motor play and creation. We hope your own children will enjoy playing and learning with us this Christmas!

Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Fine Motor Craft

Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Fine Motor Craft

Materials needed: Assorted Colors of Wikki Stix (including red, green, blue, yellow, and orange – these colors will be used to play learning games below) and construction paper.

Invite the children to create a Christmas light strand with Wikki Stix. It is a great way to increase color recognition skills while encouraging small fingers muscles to grow!

To make the bulbs: invite the children to make an oval or circle from any color of Wikki Stix. The children should continue tracing inside the initial shape with additional Wikki Stix until the bulb is completely filled in. Any excess Wikki Stix can be pressed to the bulb or cut off with safety scissors.

Invite the children to use green Wikki Stix on the mounting paper to make a light strand. The individual Christmas bulbs can then be pressed onto the green Wikki Stix to resemble a string of lights.
The Wikki Stix Christmas Lights make great displays at home or in the classroom for Christmas!

Patterning with Wikki Stix Created Christmas Lights

Patterning with Wikki Stix Created Christmas Lights

Materials needed: Wikki Stix Christmas Lights (as created above) and mounting paper.

Invite the children to use some of their Wikki Stix Christmas light crafts to practice basic patterning skills.

Younger children can begin with a basic AB pattern (in the photo above, A=Orange and B=Yellow). Start a pattern for the children using just two colors of the Wikki Stix Christmas lights. Encourage the children to extend the pattern with more of the created lights.

Older children may wish to use 3 or more colors of created lights to make more complex patterns: ABC, ABCD, AABBCCDD, AABBCC, etc.

While looking at Christmas lights in the neighborhood this season, point out any light patterns to the children. As the children practice with patterning, they will become aware of patterns that occur in nature or in their own environment!

Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Color Matching Activity

Wikki Stix Christmas Lights Color Matching Activity

Materials needed: Wikki Stix Christmas Lights fine motor crafts (from the craft instructions above), scissors, and one printable Color Matching file (Download the Christmas Lights in Colors PDF file here).

Print the Wikki Stix Color Matching file for each child. The first page concentrates on only the colors blue, yellow, red, and green. If you would like to work on additional colors, the second page is intentionally left blank to write in any colors your child has had introduced or is working on.

Laminate the file pages for durability. When laminated, a dry erase marker can be used on the second page. Just label with a color and erase with a tissue when the children are ready to move on to another color.

Prior to the activity: cut the individual color word cards apart.

Set the color word cards and the Wikki Stix created Christmas light crafts out on a table or a large tray.

Invite the children to look at each of the cards and choose the Wikki Stix created Christmas light that corresponds to the color/color word on each of the cards. As the children gain confidence with basic colors, they can create more Wikki Stix Christmas light crafts to continue practice with color recognition skills.

Note: the Christmas Lights in Colors file (linked above) can also be used as a template for the Wikki Stix created Christmas bulbs. Invite the kids to outline the bulbs with the color of Wikki Stix desired. The children can then finish the bulb by tracing along the inside of the original outline with additional Wikki Stix.

My Name in Christmas Lights with Wikki Stix

My Name in Christmas Lights with Wikki Stix

Materials needed: Christmas Lights in Colors file (linked above), scissors, and Wikki Stix.

Print enough copies of the second page of the file so that each child can spell one letter of their name on one bulb. Have the children cut the individual Christmas bulbs apart. On each bulb, invite the children to use Wikki Stix to create each letter of their name. Younger children may wish to focus on uppercase letters only, while older children may wish to use both upper and lowercase letters.

Creating names in lights is a great way to encourage name and letter recognition while working on fine motor skills with Wikki Stix!
For MORE ways to encourage seasonal learning with Wikki Stix, please see:

Reindeer Ornament Crafts
Santa Ornament Crafts
Christmas Tree Crafts
Gingerbread Lesson Plans
Christmas Lesson Plans

Dec
08

Wikki Stix Christmas Tree Crafts for Kids

Wikki Stix Christmas Tree Crafts for Kids

Creating the Wikki Stix Christmas Trees is a fun way to make special memories with kids this holiday season! The Christmas tree ornaments make great gifts to family and friends or a special kids’ activity for a holiday party!

WS Craft Stick Christmas Tree Ornament Craft

Wikki Stix Christmas Tree Ornament Craft for Kids

Materials needed: Green Wikki Stix, 3 craft sticks (per craft), and assorted Christmas-themed buttons or table scatter.

To make the tree: invite the children to completely wrap each of three crafts sticks with green Wikki Stix. When finished wrapping, press the three craft sticks together to form a triangle. The children can decorate their Christmas tree with buttons, table scatter, or other Christmas-themed items.

To make a hanger: create a loop with one Wikki Stix and press the ends of the loop behind the top point of the triangle (see photo above).

This is a simple and fun craft for kids to make! All of the decorations will adhere to the Wikki Stix without the need for additional glue or tape. This craft is a creative and “mess-free” ornament for kids to create as gifts or to hang on the tree!

WS Pinecone Christmas Tree

Wikki Stix Pinecone Ornament Craft for Kids

Materials needed: One pinecone (per craft), scissors, and green/assorted colors of Wikki Stix.

Invite the children to create by placing all supplies out on a table or a large tray. Give each child one pinecone and invite the children to wrap green Wikki Stix around the cone (the green Wikki Stix will become the string for the Christmas lights on the pinecone tree). The children can then cut small pieces of various colors of Wikki Stix to create the bulbs. Each small piece can be pressed into a ball or spiral and attached to the green Wikki Stix on the pinecone (see photo above).

To make the hanger: have the children create a loop with one strand of Wikki Stix and press it to the top of their pinecone.

The Wikki Stix Pinecone Christmas Trees are easy crafts for kids to make while encouraging fine motor skills!

Wikki Stix Pony Bead Christmas Tree Craft

Wikki Stix and Pony Bead Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Materials needed: 10 Green, 1 brown, 1 yellow Wikki Stix, and red pony beads (10 per craft).

To make the “branches” for the tree: have the kids take one green Wikki Stix and make two “bunny ear” loops from each end (see photo above). The children should make 10 branches for the craft.

To assemble the tree craft: invite the kids to thread one red pony bead onto the brown Wikki Stix. After the pony bead, the children can press one of the Wikki Stix created branches onto the brown Wikki Stix. Have the children continue alternating the red beads with the Wikki Stix branches until they reach the top.

The children can create a yellow Wikki Stix star for the top of their tree and add a green Wikki Stix loop for the hanger.

WS Christmas Tree Craft

Wikki Stix Christmas Tree Ornament Craft for Kids

Materials needed: 1 craft stick (per craft), scissors, and green, brown, and assorted others colors of Wikki Stix.

Set out the Wikki Stix on a tray or a table and invite the children to create a Christmas tree.

To make the tree trunk: wrap one craft stick completely with brown Wikki Stix and set aside.

To make the tree: have the children fold green Wikki Stix back and forth to create a “ribbon” effect – older children can make the folds smaller as they reach the top of the tree.

For younger children, draw a simple triangle on an index card and have the children use Wikki Stix to outline the triangle for the tree. The children can then fill in the triangle shape with Wikki Stix by tracing along inside of the the triangle with green Wikki Stix. When completely filled in with Wikki Stix, the tree can then be lifted from the index card and attached to the trunk (craft stick).

Invite the children to decorate their Christmas trees with Wikki Stix. Some suggestions: garland, ornaments, a star, cut tinsel pieces, or small lights.

The Wikki Stix Christmas Tree Ornament crafts are creative fun for special holiday parties, for the children to give as gifts, or to hang on the tree at home!

For more Christmas ornament crafts to make with Wikki Stix, see:

Reindeer Ornament Crafts for Kids
Santa Ornament Crafts for Kids

Nov
30

Wikki Stix Santa Crafts for Kids of All Ages!

Wikki Stix Santa Crafts for Kids of All Ages!

With Wikki Stix, kids can create easy Santa crafts to give as gifts or to keep as ornaments for the Christmas tree. The crafts will provide hours of fine motor playful designing this holiday season! Gather your Wikki Stix and come create with us!

SANTA STAR CRAFTS for Kids!
SANTA STAR CRAFTS for Kids!

Materials needed: One Star template (download the PDF file here) per child, red/white/black Wikki Stix, and scissors.

Print the star template for each child. Invite the children to outline the star pattern with red Wikki Stix. To finish the star, have the children fill-in the star shape by continuing to follow along the initial star outline until the pattern is completely covered in red Wikki Stix. When the star is finished, invite the children to use one-half of a black Wikki Stix to create Santa’s boots. The children can create cuffs for the boots and arms from small white Wikki Stix pieces (see photo above).

Santa’s hat and eyes can be created with white Wikki Stix balls or spirals (have the children cut small black pieces for the centers of the eyes). The beard is created from one white Wikki Stix formed into a crescent shape.

Santa Suit Crafts for Kids

EASY SANTA FINE MOTOR CRAFT for KIDS!

Materials needed: One rectangle template (download the PDF file here) per child, red/black/yellow Wikki Stix, and scissors.

Invite the children to create by placing the template, scissors, and the 3 colors of Wikki Stix out on a table or a large tray. The children should outline the rectangle template in red Wikki Stix (following along the dotted lines). Invite the children to keep tracing the inside of the rectangle with red Wikki Stix until the rectangle is completely filled-in. The black belt is created by laying 3 black Wikki Stix across the red rectangle (cut off any black that remains on the end). Reminder: Wikki Stix can be cut with safety scissors, but younger children may need assistance. The yellow buckle for Santa’s belt is designed from a smaller rectangle made with one yellow Wikki Stix.

This Santa craft is a wonderful fine motor craft to strengthen developing finger muscles in preschoolers!

WIKKI STIX CARDBOARD TUBE SANTA CRAFT for KIDS!

WIKKI STIX CARDBOARD TUBE SANTA CRAFT for KIDS!

Materials needed: One empty cardboard tube (makes 2 Santa Crafts), Red/White/Blue Wikki Stix, and scissors.

Prior to making the Santa Craft: cut one cardboard tube in half and slightly round both ends (the ends will be the bottom of Santa’s chin). Note – one cardboard tube will make 2 Santa crafts.
Santa’s hat is created with a red Wikki Stix triangle and a white Wikki Stix ball. Have the children make any triangle shape with Wikki Stix (filling in the triangle completely) – slightly curve the top of the triangle to resemble Santa’s hat. Invite the kid’s to make a white ball from Wikki Stix to add to the end of the hat. Press the created hat onto the top of the cardboard tube (straight edge). If desired, the kids can add white Wikki Stix for the hat’s band.

Santa’s beard is created from cut pieces of white Wikki Stix. The children can press white pieces of Wikki Stix around the curved portion of the cardboard tube to resemble Santa’s beard (see photo above).
Santa’s eyes are made from white Wikki Stix balls with smaller blue Wikki Stix balls for centers. To finish the Santa craft, the children can form a red Wikki Stix ball for Santa’s “cherry nose!”

WS Craft Stick Santa Craft

WIKKI STIX SANTA ORNAMENT CRAFT for KIDS!

Materials needed: One large craft stick (per craft), scissors, and red/white/blue Wikki Stix.

Invite the children to completely wrap one large craft stick with strands of white Wikki Stix.

To make the Santa hat: The children can use red Wikki Stix to form a triangle. Invite the children to fill in the triangle with Wikki Stix (slightly curve the top of the triangle to resemble Santa’s hat). If desired, the children can make a ball or spiral of white Wikki Stix for the tip of the Santa hat. Press the created Santa hat onto the Wikki Stix covered craft stick.

Santa’s eyes are made from two Wikki Stix spirals with smaller cut blue pieces for the center. To make the nose, invite the children to wrap red Wikki Stix into a ball or small spiral. Press the created features on the craft stick; no glue is necessary as the Wikki Stix will adhere to the covered stick.

To make the mouth and beard: Have the children cut a small piece of red Wikki Stix to form Santa’s mouth on the craft stick. The beard is made of various cut lengths of the white Wikki Stix.

All of the Wikki Stix pieces will adhere to the craft stick when pressed firmly in place. An ornament hanger can be made from one Wikki Stix (folded in half and opened at the top to form a loop).

We hope your children enjoy creating (and learning) with the Wikki Stix Santa Crafts. The Santas make wonderful decorations on gifts, displays for home or in the classroom, ornaments for the tree, and gifts to family and friends this Christmas!

For MORE Christmas Fun with Wikki Stix, see:
Reindeer Ornament Crafts for Kids
Frozen-inspired Build a Snowman Crafts and Treat Bags for Kids
Gingerbread Crafts and Lesson Plans for Kids

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!

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