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Wikki Stix Activity Set

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Wikki Stix Activity Set

These days there is a great emphasis on learning styles. Formal teachers and homeschool parents alike research the different styles and try to find curriculum and products that fit their child’s style. Shoppers consider products that can be used by multiple learning styles a bonus. Many parents will love award-winning Wikki Stix for that reason and more.

What are Wikki Stix?

Wikki Stix remind me of Pick Up Sticks, but they come in different sizes and are bendable. They’re coated with a wax-like coating that is non-toxic and gluten-free, much to the comfort of special needs parents who have children that have a sensory need to chew things. Your child can make two-dimensional creations by making letters and shapes out of the stix and putting them on paper or a play board. Additionally, your child can make three-dimensional creations by sculpting with the stix.

What I love about Wikki Stix:

  • Wikki Stix will not harm your child if chewed.
  • They can be used in multiple ways AND they can be reused.
  • Children strengthen fine motor skills and increase creativity. They can also demonstrate knowledge learned in a topic by using the Wikki Stix to create words, pictures, or sculptures related to that topic.
  • Tactile learners will enjoy using their hands and visual learners will enjoy the different colors.
  • Children who are not yet verbal or who hate writing will like using the stix instead of words.

What our family did not like about Wikki Stix:

  •  My oldest son and I did not like the coating. It was too sticky for us.

The Wikki Stix company recommends this product for children age 3-5, but I think lower elementary children would enjoy it as well. Depending on what you’re doing with it, even older students could use it. If you are looking for a multi-sensory tool that you can use across all subjects, I recommend Wikki Stix.

About Jenny Herman

Jenny enjoys interacting with homeschoolers as the Communications Manager for Home Educating Family. She is also excited to bring special needs homeschooling to a mainstream magazine. She and her husband Greg are learning to view life through the eyes of their sons–one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and one with a propensity for pretending. You’ll find lots of interesting stories about finding grace in autism over at her blog, ManyHatsMommy.com. Find her reviews at Home Educating Family Reviews.

Last Updated: July 29, 2013

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Genre:
Year:
2004
Contains:
84 Wikki Stix in 16 colors and two sizes (48- 8-inch and 36 -6-inch)
multi-use playboard
storage bag
eight page booklet of fun ideas and illustrations
Awards:
Parents' Choice Classic Toy Award Winner
Retail Price:
$16.95
Recommended:
for ages 3-5
Worldview:
secular
 
Pros:
great for all learning styles; reusable; fun
Cons:
some people may find the stix too sticky
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