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Oct
13

Wikki Stix Halloween Crafts for Kids!

Wikki Stix Halloween Crafts for Kids!

With just a few simple supplies, kids can make fun Wikki Stix Halloween crafts for pretend play, Halloween parties, and displays at home or in the classroom! Gather crafts sticks, Wikki Stix, and scissors to create the mummy, a jack-o-lantern, the 3-eyed monster, and a funny Frankenstein this Halloween!

Wikki Stix Jack-O-Lantern

Wikki Stix Jack-O-Lantern Craft
Materials needed: 4 craft (Popsicle) sticks, scissors, and orange/green/black Wikki Stix.

Invite the children to create by placing the supplies out on a table or a large tray. The jack-o-lantern is created by wrapping orange Wikki Stix around each of the 4 craft sticks. When the children are finished wrapping the craft sticks, press the 4 wrapped craft sticks together (since the Wikki Stix stick to each other the craft sticks will stay together). The kids can then use green Wikki Stix to create a top or stem for the jack-o-lantern. The kids will need scissors to create the facial features for the jack-o-lantern. Have the children cut one Wikki Stix into four equal sections. Each section can then be used to make a small triangle for the eyes and nose. The children may wish to use the last section to create a mouth for the jack-o-lantern or design a mouth of their own. Use a separate Wikki Stix to create a hanger for the craft to display at home or in the classroom!

Wikki Stix Frankenstein

Wikki Stix Frankenstein Craft
Materials needed: 4 craft (Popsicle) sticks, green or neon colored Wikki Stix/black Wikki Stix, and scissors.

The Frankenstein craft is created in a similar fashion to the jack-o-lantern above. Invite the kids to wrap the green (or neon) Wikki Stix around each of the craft sticks and press them together when finished wrapping. The hair for Frankenstein is created with black Wikki Stix. The kids can cut small black pieces for the hair and stick the black pieces on top of the green Wikki Stix. The “scars” are created with small cut pieces of black Wikki Stix (see photo above). For the eyes: the children can use small black Wikki Stix spirals or shape cut pieces of Wikki Stix into small balls. The Frankenstein craft can include a happy, sad, scary, or mad face as the children desire! A separate Wikki Stix can be used to make a hanger for a Frankenstein decoration at Halloween!

3-Eyed Monster

Wikki Stix 3-Eyed Monster Craft
Materials needed: one craft (Popsicle) stick, green, white, and black Wikki Stix, and scissors.

The 3-eyed monster craft is a simple craft that even very young kids can create! Have the children wrap one craft stick with green Wikki Stix (wrapping the craft stick is great for fine motor skills, too)! The eyes for the monster are made from cut pieces of white and black Wikki Stix. Have the children shape the white Wikki Stix pieces into 3 balls and place them anywhere on the monster craft. Smaller black pieces of Wikki Stix can be placed on top of the white balls to finish the monster’s eyes. The monster craft can have as many or few eyes as the children want.

Wikki Stix Mummy Craft

Wikki Stix Mummy Craft
Materials needed: 3 craft (Popsicle) sticks, white and black Wikki Stix, and scissors.

Prior to creating the mummy: break/cut (adult only) ONE of the craft stick in half.

Using the white Wikki Stix, have the children wrap all of the craft sticks (including the 2 halves). When finished wrapping the craft sticks, the 2 halves are used as the mummy’s arms. The arms can be placed behind the mummy’s body and positioned however the children want. If desired, additional white Wikki Stix can be wrapped to create an X to secure the arms. (Note: If the children will only be displaying the mummies, it isn’t necessary. If the children wish to pretend play with them, the addition of the Wikki Stix X to secure the arms make the craft more durable – see photo above).

The second leg for the mummy can also be positioned as desired and attached behind the center of the mummy craft. The dark mask for the mummy is created from ¼ strand of black Wikki Stix spiraled around itself to create a small oval. Small white Wikki Stix eyes are then placed on top. Again, the children can create any kind of mouth for their mummies that they desire.
The Wikki Stix Halloween crafts are not only fun to make, but they make great gifts and displays for October, too!

For more Wikki Stix Halloween Ideas, see the spiderweb, bat, and candy corn crafts!

Oct
12

Meet Mr. Whisker! A great excuse to sing and laugh!!!

By Kem Clark, president of the Wikki Stix Co.

Mr. Wiskers

We have all had a ball making avatars of our pets, and this is mine…Mr. Whisker made on a soup can painted black. Mr. Whisker is a long-haired all black cat who actually has big thick white whiskers, which made it all the more fun to create his look-alike. I also havea little short-haired, very silly female cat named Boo, affectionately known as Boo Kitty, Lil Boo and of course, Boo Boo.

Mr. Mike
Wikki Stix White Bird

In our Wikkiland world, seven of us have pets, along with two outside team members and collectively we have 10 dogs, 9 cats, 3 horses, 2 birds, 1 guinea pig, and 1 fish. We also feed five adorable stray cats out behind our warehouse. Definitely, we are animal lovers. This is Mike, the Burmese Mountain/Spaniel mix…and this is Chicken…an umbrella cockatoo.

If you take a moment to make an avatar…or look-alike…of your pet, please send us an image to post on our website. You can email to info@wikkistix.com.

Wikki_Stix_white_horseStarbucks has a sign out now that says, Fall Rituals Old and New. Autumn is my favorite time of year but living in the desert I miss the gorgeous Fall colors. So a friend who lives in Upstate New York sends me a card each October filled with beautiful leaves, and I send one back, filled with bougainvillea blossoms. Long-standing Fall Ritual.

Calling All Moms! We are hoping you will personally help us with a little survey info…to either substantiate or debunk all the Big-Time marketing data that is whirling around in the stratosphere. When you participate, you’ll be entered for a chance to WIN $100.00 worth of Wikki Stix (ends on 10-31-14)! (Click here to participate)

Oct
06

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Playful Learning & Crafts for Kids!

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Playful Learning  and Crafts for Kids!

Fall offers many opportunities for creating, playing, and learning with Wikki Stix. We’ve gathered the BEST of Wikki Stix fall resources into one easy reference just for YOU! We hope your children will enjoy many hours of playful learning and creating with Wikki Stix this fall!

Best of Wikki Stix Fall Literacy

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Literacy Activities for Kids!
5 Little Pumpkins – an original poem to use with Wikki Stix created stick puppet pumpkins
5 Little Acorns – an original poem to use with numbered acorns
5 Little Ghosts – an original “non-scary” poem for Halloween
5 Little Turkeys – an original poem to use with numbered Wikki Stix turkey stick puppets

Apple and Worm Positional Words – use a paper cut-out apple and green Wikki Stix for the “worms” – invite the children to place the Wikki Stix worms in various positions: over/above the apple, under, to the right of/left of, beside the apple, on the apple, in back of the apple, etc.

Harvest Riddles for Kids
Pumpkin Pre-Writing Paths with Wikki Stix for Young Kids
Apple Pre-Writing Path with Wikki Stix for Young Kids

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Math for Kids!

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Math for Kids!
Apple Patterning with Wikki Stix created Apples – create Wikki Stix apples for basic patterning with young kids.
Fall Wikki Stix created Leaf Patterns – simple or more complex patterning with Wikki Stix created leaves.
Corny Math and Estimation Free Resources and Booklet – estimation and math practice with corn and Wikki Stix.
Pumpkin Teen Number Free Counting Mats – free printable teen number mats for 1-to-1 Correspondence.
Candy Corn and Wikki Stix Counting Sticks – created candy corn counting sticks are a fun way to incorporate math and seasonal activities.
Acorn Free Printable Counting Mats – free printable mats with a fall acorn theme.
Pilgrim Counting Sticks – free printable hat toppers – print the pilgrim hats for counting practice with a seasonal flair.

Best of Fall Science Collage here

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Science for Kids!

Pumpkin and Spice Sensory Science Experiment – sensory science is powerful for kids – try the experiment to spice up playful learning this fall.
Apple Life Cycle – a Wikki Stix created paper plate learning craft for kids.
Wikki Stix Part of a Plant Free Lesson Plan – an entire lesson plan that is free to print and use.
Wikki Stix Pumpkin Life Cycle and Printable Booklet – free printable mini booklet to accompany a created paper plate craft for seasonal science.
Wikki Stix Sugar Sensory Apple Paintings –an apple sensory painting activity and experiment for kids.
Corn Life Cycle Craft for Kids – come learn about how a corn stalk grows with a Wikki Stix created life cycle craft.
Pumpkin Estimation and Free Lesson Plan – free pumpkin estimation book for use with Wikki stix

The BEST of Wikki Stix Fall Playful Learning  and Crafts for Kids!

Wikki Stix Apple Button Crafts – using Wikki Stix for button crafts is a mess-free way to create.
Wikki Stix Harvest Tractor Craft – a painted footprint and Wikki Stix make a great fall keepsake.
Wikki Stix Handprint Fall Tree Craft – save a child’s handprint and make a great seasonal craft.
Wikki Stix Paper Plate Scarecrow – come learn about emotions with a free scarecrow lesson plan and craft.
Wikki Stix Indian Corn Craft – beautiful harvest display craft for kids to create.
Wikki Stix Handprint Apple Tree Craft – Wikki Stix handprint crafts encourage fine motor skills in kids of all ages.
Wikki Stix Sunflower Craft – sunflower crafts are easy for kids to make and take (or keep)!
Wikki Stix Harvest Moon Silhouette Craft – welcome fall with a harvest moon craft just for kids.
Wikki Stix Football Lacing Craft – Wikki Stix makes lacing a breeze – print the football and try it out!
Wikki Stix Mosaic Leaves Craft – use Wikki Stix to create a sensory mosaic leaf craft this fall.
Wikki Stix Cow Craft – Farm Theme – a simple paper plate farm craft to make.
Wikki Stix Pilgrim Food Craft – the Pilgrim cheese stick crafts are great for Thanksgiving parties at home or in the classroom!
Wikki Stix Haunted House Craft – a “not-so-scary” Halloween craft for kids of all ages.

Don’t forget to ENTER the PIN IT to WIN IT CONTEST for a chance to WIN 50 Wikki Stix Trick-or-Treat Bags – a great non-candy alternative for Halloween!

 

Oct
06

More Wikkiland Excuses!

By Kem Clark, president of the Wikki Stix Co.

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

It’s not chocolate right now, but delicious pumpkin that has all of us in Wikkiland going crazy. We seem to be a group of pumpkin fans, and right now we’re into the Pumpkin Spice Oreos! Highly recommended! Great way to start off October and Autumn.

Here’s something to make you dance, laugh and sing…
October 6th is Mad Hatter Day! Grab a fun hat, add some bling to it…lots of bling…and head out the door! This lets us all participate…instead of letting the Red Hat Society have all the fun. Selfie!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

And maybe Think Pink as you are decorating your hat, since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even the Empire State Building is lighted in pink…and P.F. Chang’s just painted the big horse in front of its flagship location… pink!

The Wikki Stix Fun Truck & Kem Clark

And while we are on the subject of colors, if you’ve seen the new paint job Southwest Airlines is rolling out…it is very similar to the color of the Wikki Stix Fun Truck. We are very flattered!

Oct. 9th is Leif Erikson Day…for sure that makes it Talk like a Viking Day! Let me get back to you on how that goes.

It’s My Party Day… is October 11th…. and it’s a Saturday…so go for it! Put that hat back on, add your Viking accent and go crazy. It’s also Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day…but since it’s on a Saturday this year, how about including Teddy in your party.

My favorite this week… Moldy Cheese Day… is October 9th. I am going to take this one to heart as there are things in my frig, in the cheese drawer, that don’t vaguely resemble cheese of any kind. They may not have been cheese to start with. In fact, I once found my grocery list, neatly folded near the Colby Longhorn. So I will spend sometime unwrapping the mysteries that live
inside tin foil in that drawer.

Happy Second Week of October!

Sep
29

Wikki Stix Jack-O-Lantern Crafts for Teaching Emotions to Kids!

Wikki Stix Jack-O-Lantern Crafts for Teaching Emotions to Kids!

Exploring feelings and emotions with children is powerful learning! Often children do not have the vocabulary to explain how they feel. By using Wikki Stix created props to help children learn, discuss, and explore different feelings and emotions we can help guide children to appropriate responses and behaviors.

Wikki Stix Emotions Jack-o-Lanterns Stick Puppets

Wikki Stix Emotions Jack-o-Lanterns Stick Puppets

Materials needed: Orange/Black/Green Wikki Stix and scissors

The Wikki Stix jack-o-lantern crafts are easy for kids to create! Invite the children to begin with one orange strand of Wikki Stix and wrap it around itself to form a spiral. Have the children keep wrapping Wikki Stix around the initial spiral until the desired jack-o-lantern size is created. The children can make different facial features/emotions for the pumpkins by cutting pieces of black Wikki Stix and adding them to the orange spiral. The Wikki Stix jack-o-lanterns can then be made into a stick puppet. Twist 3 green Wikki Stix together and fold the twisted strands in half. Place the created jack-o-lanterns on top of the green stick to use with the chant below.

THIS IS JACK
This is Jack-o-happy, (children make a happy face/hold up the Wikki Stix Happy jack-o-lantern)
This is Jack-o-sad, (children make a sad face/hold up the Wikki Stix Sad jack-o-lantern))
This is Jack-o-scared, (children make a scared face/hold up the Wikki Stix scared jack-o-lantern)
This is Jack-o-mad! (children make a mad face/hold up the Wikki stix mad jack-o-lantern)
All the things you feel inside,
Are really all ok!
Just open up and tell someone,
Explore the words to say!

~The Preschool Toolbox

After chanting the rhyme above (This is Jack) with the children, explore the different emotions in the chant with the children. What things make the children happy? Sad? Scared? Mad? What adults that the children trust can the children talk to? Discuss appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, especially for dealing with anger. Role play different scenarios with your children (for example: How do we tell a friend that they hurt our feelings? What can a child do if they have tried to resolve a conflict and cannot find a solution?). Role playing and encouraging discussion with the Wikki Stix puppets is a great way to increase a child’s vocabulary, avoid negative behaviors, and increase conflict resolutions skills!

Other Emotions to Explore with the Wikki Stix Jack-O-Lantern Stick Puppets:

Invite the children to create various facial features on the Wikki Stix stick puppets. Some suggestions might include:
• Surprised
• Nervous
• Frustrated
• Embarrassed
• Lonely

Pumpkin Face Emotions, crafts for kids

For additional sensory play with emotions and feelings, use black Wikki Stix to decorate real pumpkins! The real pumpkin “feeling faces” will help increase vocabulary and enable daily discussions as the children play and create!

Save the Wikki Stix created stick puppets/real pumpkins for role-play and learning throughout October. Invite the children to choose a Wikki Stix “feeling face” that shows how he/she is feeling on any particular day. The created puppets will help adults garner information about our children in order to role-play responses for appropriate behavior and facilitate discussions about various emotions and feelings.

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