Check out our favorite ways to play with this classic toy!
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There are a handful of toys and supplies that, as soon as I discover them, become instant staples in my day-to-day therapy practice. These materials are usually portable, multi-functional, and super appealing to kids. They’re things I can grab out of my therapy bag for a quick on-the-fly treatment session with a child, no matter how old they are or what skill we’re working on.
A perfect example of one of these therapy materials? Wikki Stix!
What are Wikki Stix?
If you’re not familiar with these sticky little treasures, they are colorful, flexible, wax-covered sticks that you can bend and curve into any shape imaginable and stick to just about any surface.
This is why they’re so great for therapy – because they’re super versatile and can be used to target a ton of different developmental skills. Here are some of our favorite ways to play with Wikki Stix…
12 Fun Ways to Play With Wikki Stix
1 || Making mazes
Stick Wikki Stix down onto any surface to create roads or mazes! You can stick them on the floor and drive toy cars through, stick them on a mounted marker board and use a dry erase marker to complete the maze on a vertical surface, or stick them on a table and try rolling a marble through!
2 || Raised writing lines
Use Wikki Stix to create raised lines on handwriting paper, helping kids gain a better awareness of the writing space by giving them a tactile cue. As they bump their pencil into the raised line, they know where to stop writing.
3 || Work on coloring in the lines
You can also use Wikki Stix to outline a shape or area on a coloring page. This gives the shape some tactile definition, helping kids stay within the coloring lines.
4 || Play dough mats
Use them instead of play dough to decorate play dough mats! Check out some of our favorite free play dough mats here!
5 || Tactile numbers and letters
Create raised numbers and letters for kids to trace with their fingers to work on number and letter formation!
6 || 3D drawing game
Try a drawing game where one person makes a random mark on the page and the other person adds to it to make it into a drawing. Only instead of making marks with crayons or markers – use your stix!
7 || Dot to dots
Make a simple dot to dot picture and have kids use Wikki Stix to connect each one to create a picture.
8 || Tic tac toe
Draw a tic tac toe board on paper (or make one out of your Wikki Stix!) and then use more stix to create the Xs and Os as you play the game!
9 || Ditch the pencils
Use the stix on worksheets instead of pencils to draw a line between matching responses or to create a circle around a desired response.
10 || Make your own stamps
These DIY Wikki Stix stamps from Frugal Fun 4 Boys are so awesome! Use them to create one-of-a-kind prints with kids.
11 || Telling time
Draw a simple picture of a clock on a piece of paper. Have kids use their stix as the hands of the clock, placing them in the correct position as you call out different times.
12 || Gross motor fun
Create an awesome obstacle course by sticking stix to the floor to make lines to jump over or balance on or circles to jump in and out of.
What are your favorite ways to play with Wikki Stixto promote developmental skills for kids? Share them in the comments below!