I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned our Wiki Stix before. We’ve had them for ages, and I bring them out once in a while just for “something to do” – M loves them. He kind of forgets about them, but when he sees them, he loves them. They keep him busy for a loooong time, if that helps sway your decision to go buy some. ;)
I put out simple activities for M most mornings. Occasionally I am stumped for something new to do and go through my craft and school supplies for inspiration. So one morning last week I gathered up our autumn-themed play dough mats (placed in plastic page protectors), and our Wiki Stix and set them out for him:
He really enjoyed this! This would be wonderful counting practice for younger children. I can’t say M really counted as he did this, because that is no longer a challenge for him, but he enjoyed making little spirals out of the Wiki Stix and sticking them to the pages. This is good fine motor skill practice! The best part about this, and what I intended it for, was that it helped him work on forming the numerals, an area in which he needs practice.
Honestly, I can not look at those little hands without
wanting to kiss them or have a little nibble on them!
I love when something comes together that is so much fun for him he doesn’t realize he is working on anything. :)