6. Geometric Shape Recognition and Formation:
set out a tray with Wikki Stix and invite the kids to practice making any shapes they have had introduced or are currently working on. As the kids gain confidence, Wikki Stix can be used to create geometric solids, too.
7. Wikki Stix Created 5 and 10 Bars: preschoolers can create counting bars with Wikki Stix. Kids can thread any number of pony beads onto Wikki Stix. Press each end of the Wikki Stix together to keep the beads intact. Kids can use the bars for skip counting by 2’s and 5’s or for a hands-on and visual tool when counting teen (or larger) numbers.
8. Wikki Stix for Math Games: preschoolers can use Wikki Stix created counters for many simple math games: bingo card covers, number order games, dice and “dot” games, roll and cover math games, and for use in any 5 or 10 frame activities.
9. Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal To: have the kids create basic math symbols with Wikki Stix after comparing two small groups of items. Wikki Stix can be folded easily to create the greater than and less than signs or laid on top of each other for groups that are equal to each other. It’s a FUN way to play and create while encouraging early math intuition.
10. Part/Part/Whole Math: encourage the kids to play with the parts of a whole number. Begin with smaller numbers until the kids gain confidence. Make a tray with number cards and invite the kids to explore, through play, what numbers might make up that number. You’ll be amazed at what young kids can do simply by making a tray with Wikki Stix counters and numbered cards for exploration.
Playing with early math and Wikki Stix is FUN for preschoolers, but it also provides opportunities for encouraging the fine motor skills and early math intuition necessary for a future of math success!