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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 !

Nov
04

FROM FARM to CLOTHING: The Growing Cycle of a Cotton Plant

Cotton is grown in the southern portions of the United States. Many children have not had the opportunity to see a real cotton plant. The lesson below will concentrate on creating the structural parts of a cotton plant and exploring the importance of cotton. This lesson plan is designed for elementary students but can be adapted for Pre-K children.

Objective: In this lesson children will create and explore the growing cycle of a cotton plant. Children will investigate how the cotton plant changes over time to produce the cotton fibers that are used in clothing.

FROM FARM to CLOTHING:  The Growing Cycle of a Cotton Plant

Materials Needed:

Background Information
Cotton is planted in rows during the spring. In approximately two months, flowers emerge from the buds on the cotton plant. After the flowers die, they leave pods called bolls. When the bolls ripen and open, the fluffy cotton fibers can be seen on the mature cotton plant. Cotton is then harvested, cleaned, and the fibers are sent to manufacturers to be sewn into clothing. Cotton is used more than any other fiber in the world. Cotton fibers are sewn into many items from towels to T-Shirts.

Read the book, From Cotton to T-Shirt by Robin Nelson to all of the children. It is a fascinating book that guides children through the steps from cotton to manufacturing.
Cotton Growing Cycle
Creating the Wikki Stix Cotton Growing Cycle
Set out the various colors of Wikki Stix and scissors on a table as an invitation for the children to create. Print the life cycle templates (separate download) for each of the children and review the cotton growing cycle from seed planted in the soil to the mature cotton plant. Note: make a model of the growing cycle in advance of the lesson for the children to view.

Order of the Cotton Life Cyle:

  • Seed – brown Wikki Stix
  • Bud – brown and green Wikki Stix
  • Flower – white or white/pink Wikki Stix
  • Cotton Boll – black and brown Wikki Stix

Mature Cotton Plant – black/brown/white Wikki Stix
To create each of the structural parts of the cotton plant, the children can use the printable templates if desired. Invite the children to outline each cotton part with Wikki Stix. The Wikki Stix outlines will lift from the paper once the children are finished creating. Note: to re-use the templates, laminate the paper before outlining the cotton parts with Wikki Stix.
Younger children may wish to only trace the template with Wikki Stix; older children may want to fill in the template with Wikki Stix or create more complex designs (see photo above). By using Wikki Stix to create the cotton parts, students will gain fine motor control and, generally, enhance the learning process.

To create the mature cotton plant:
Invite the children to use white Wikki Stix to create 4 round “cotton” balls. The cotton boll opens to expose the white cotton inside as the plant matures. The children can create black/brown boll parts and place them under the created white Wikki Stix “cotton” balls.
Place the create cotton on a black plant stem for the final phase of the cotton growing cycle.
Remind the children that a growing cycle repeats itself. The cotton seeds fall (or are dispersed by animals or humans) and the cycle begins anew.

Cotton Growing Cycle Model
Invite the students to demonstrate how the Wikki Stix created model shows the cotton growing cycle.
The children can attach all of the created structural parts of the cotton growing cycle to additional strands of Wikki Stix. No glue or tape will be necessary. The children can arrange the growing cycle in a circle (as in the photo above) or place the cotton parts in a line to show the progression from seed->leaf->bud->flower->boll-> to mature cotton plant. Print the Cotton Growing Cycle Labels (separate download), have the children cut out the labels, and stick the labels to each of the created structural parts.

Extension Activities:

  • Invite the children to research the states that grow cotton. Do they live in a state that produces cotton or have a relative that does?
  • Have the children looks at the tags on clothing. Is the item made with cotton? Most items the children wear will be made with cotton (along with other fibers).

Oct
27

Wikki Stix Owl Life Cycle, Sequencing Cards and Crafts for Kids!

Owls are amazing birds! They are best known for their high-pitched screeches (calls), their silent flight, and nocturnal hunting habits. Along with bats and spiders, owls are a commonly associated with Halloween. Come learn about the owl’s life cycle and create easy Wikki Stix owl crafts that can be enjoyed throughout the year!

Wikki Stix Owl Life Cycle, Sequencing Cards and Crafts for Kids!

WIKKI STIX OWL LIFE CYCLE for KIDS
Learning about the life cycle of an owl is a great science exploration for kids! Creating an owl life cycle with Wikki Stix will make learning interesting, but it will also encourage creativity and fine motor skills!
• The female owl lays the eggs in a nest – usually between 5 and 8 eggs are laid by the mother.
• After approximately 35 days, the eggs hatch.
• A young owl is called an owlet.
• Adult owls live, on average, 35 years.

Materials needed for the Wikki Stix Owl Life Cycle Craft: White/Yellow/Brown/Black/Orange Wikki Stix, scissors, and mounting paper (any color).

Invite the children to divide the paper into four equal sections using two strands of Wikki Stix. The owl life cycle begins in the upper left hand corner. The kids can cut pieces of brown or yellow Wikki Stix to make a nest. The eggs are created from white Wikki Stix balls or spirals.

In the upper right hand corner, the children can make an egg shape from white Wikki Stix spirals (our kids used 2 white Wikki Stix for the 2 eggs). The children can use brown or black Wikki Stix to create the “crack in the egg.” If desired, the children can add yellow eyes or other features to the “hatchling” stage of the life cycle.

The owlet is created and placed in the lower right hand corner of the life cycle. The young owl is created with a brown Wikki Stix background, yellow spiraled eyes (with black centers from Wikki Stix balls), and an orange triangle beak. There is no wrong or right way to create the owlet! Let the kids create and explore design with their Wikki Stix. It’s fun to see all the different owlet designs the children make!

The adult owl is created from a large brown Wikki Stix spiral (owl’s body), yellow eyes/black center, an orange beak, and orange Wikki Stix talons (see photo above).
Insert Owl Life Cycle Sequencing Cards Photo here

OWL LIFE CYCLE SEQUENCING CARDS
For more owl life cycle practice, download and print the sequencing cards (linked here – Download owl life cycle cards PDF file here) and have the children cut out each card. Laminate the cards or cover with clear contact paper for durability.

Lay the cards face down on a table or on the floor. Invite the children to choose a card and place it in the correct life cycle order in the blank boxes.

Extension Activity: Print two copies of the cards and invite the children to play a matching game. Lay all the cards out (face down) on a table or the floor. Have the children choose two cards at a time to try to locate a matching pair. If a pair in not found, the cards are turned face down again. Play continues until all the matching cards are located.

WIKKI STIX OWL CRAFTS for Kids to CREATE

Cardboard Tube Owl Craft

CARDBOARD TUBE OWLS
Materials needed: one cardboard tube per craft, yellow construction paper, scissors, a stapler, and yellow/brown/black/orange Wikki Stix.

Have the children cover the cardboard tube with yellow construction paper and staple in place. At the top of the tube, fold one side in toward the middle of the tube. The opposite side can then be folded toward the center to create the owl “ears.”

The owl’s body is decorated with cut pieces of brown Wikki Stix. Invite the children to cut various lengths of brown Wikki Stix and press them onto the yellow cardboard tube. The Wikki Stix create a great textured look to the owl craft! The eyes of the owl are created with 3 yellow Wikki Stix wrapped around to form a large yellow spirals with black Wikki Stix balls for the centers.

The talons and beak are created with orange Wikki Stix. The children can create the owl’s talons with cut pieces of orange Wikki Stix pressed slightly under the cardboard tube. The children can make a triangle or a diamond-shaped beak from orange Wikki Stix.

WS Paper Bag Owl

Wikki Stix Paper Bag Owl Craft for Kids

The paper bag owls are an EASY and FUN craft to make with kids!

Materials needed: brown lunch sacks (two per owl craft), brown/yellow/black/orange Wikki Stix, and scissors.

Give each child two paper lunch sacks. Have the children scrunch one of the lunch sacks into a ball and place it inside the other sack. The children can wrap a brown Wikki Stix around the bag (just under the filler material) and twist the Wikki Stix closed (see photo above).

Invite the children to make yellow/black owl eyes, an orange beak, and orange talons for the paper bag craft from Wikki Stix (see the cardboard tube craft above for instructions).
The paper bags owls make wonderful owl crafts to display at home or in the classroom!
Paper Plate Owl Craft

Wikki Stix Paper Plate Owl Craft for Kids
Materials needed: one paper plate (per craft), assorted colors of Wikki Stix, and scissors.

Give each child a paper plate. The children can fold each side of the paper plate toward the center and crease the fold to make the “wings” for the owl. The top of the paper plate can then be folded down to create the owl’s head (see photo below).

Paper Plate Folding

Once the paper plate is folded, the children can decorate the owl’s wings and bodies with Wikki Stix. Very young kids will need assistance folding the plate, but they can decorate with plate with Wikki Stix and make the craft their own! It’s amazing to see all the wonderful owls the kids create with Wikki Stix!

The owl’s eyes, beak, and talons can be created per instructions under the Cardboard Tube Owl Craft above, if desired.

The paper plate owl crafts are fun, open-ended crafts that allow the kids to express themselves through the patterns and colors of Wikki Stix they choose to create with!

For MORE FALL fun with Wikki Stix, see the BEST OF FALL for CREATING and LEARNING!

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