I am excited to partner with Wikki Stix today to bring you this post and G I V E A W A Y ! (More information on that at the bottom of this post!)
You may remember awhile ago I shared with you a quiet bin idea involving pipecleaners and buttons and making little 3D trees. You bend the pipecleaners into trees and little ones thread “leaves” (buttons) on again and again.
It is a brilliant idea (tooting my own horn, I know, but they happen periodically to us all!) and I know you love it because I get this one email every single week …
“Love the button tree idea, but how do you get the tree stuck down??”
Ahhh … the one flaw to my brilliant idea … being brought to my attention again and again … until …
Tra-la-la-la (in my head that is a trumpet …)
Exchanging those pipecleaners for WIKKI STIX! All of a sudden those adorable 3D trees can be pressed onto the floor, the table, anywhere for some mess free, clean, and reusable fun.
Norah and I turned our little trees into a fine motor apple tree game. I thought I would share it with you today, as well as share with you an awesome giveaway Wikki Stix is offering one of you!
This activity can begin with a great STEM challenge for older children. Challenge your child to build a 3D tree that can stand up! See if they can find a way all on his or her own. Since Norah is 2, I did this part for her. To make this 3D tree I simply got a few Wikki Stix bundled together, gave the middle a twist, stuck the bottom stix to the table, and pulled out the top stix like branches of a tree.
I wanted to add in some counting and one-to-one correspondence for Norah, but since we are still working on numbers 1-3, I made my own dice using wooden blocks we got from the dollar store. Of course, you could just use regular dice as well.
Norah rolled one die and counted the dots. She gathered that many green beads (for the leaves). Next, she rolled the red die and counted the dots, gathering that many red beads (for the apples).
Finally, she popped those apples and leaves onto a branch, counting and adding as we worked (fiercely) on those fine motor skills. This little peanut of mine really is fierce! She is as determined as they come. At first I wondered if this activity would be too tricky for her, as it took a bit of concentration to get those beads onto the branches that would bend and squash a little. But she certainly persevered.
If she had found this activity too tricky, my second plan was to chop up some red and green Wikki Stix and make them into little circles to place on the branches. You might wish to try this if your little one finds the beads too much of a challenge.
Norah loved this activity and ended up creating a whole forest of apple trees. At one point she abruptly left our activity time returning with her little owl and gnomes. She quickly jumped into an imaginary world all her own. Don’t you just love when that happens?
One of the very best things about Wikki Stix is how they span all ages. I love playing with these stix! Wikki Stix has now even created Fidget Stix, perfect for keeping little hands busy and minds engaged while reading or concentrating.
My big kids were thrilled to try out the new STEM pack which differs from regular Wikki Stix with their incredibly long length. There are so many options for these long stix, my mind was swimming! I was eagerly thinking about all sorts of projects when my boys took the lead and created an elaborate maze. They just love making mazes right now. I love that we can use these stix again and again for different purposes as our interests and projects change.
Have you tried Wikki Stix yet? If not, you are in luck! Leave a comment below to be entered to win this Wikki Stix Learning Bundle!
This G I V E A W A Y is open to those who live in Canada or the United States. Winner selected Sunday August 15th. Good luck!
Good luck to you! I hope you win 🙂 Thank you so much for reading,
Contest Closed! Congratulations to Pali!