I’m finally getting to write a post! I meant to Monday – but I got busy with errands. Then yesterday, I had a meeting! A teachers job is never done! 🙂 So here I am.
A new activity to my class this year is Wikki Stix Alphabet and Number cards. So far this seems to be something we do as a small group – with me sitting right there with them. This is the first time any of them have ever used Wikki Stix and so they seem somewhat unsure of themselves. At the same time, they really enjoyed learning how to make them stick and forming the letters and numbers! We’ve gotten this activity out everyday this week so far – it really seems to keep their interest – which surprised me! 🙂
The only problem I’m really having is how to store the Wikki Stix so they don’t ball up or get too stuck together. That part is frustrating me quite a bit. Any ideas would be helpful. Also, if any of your have Wikki Stix in your class, I’d be interested to hear how you use them. This is the first time I’ve ever had them, but I was thinking there must be other uses for them, right? Hope everyone is having a great week so far!
I store my wikki stix by laying them straigh (by I, I mean the children) on wax paper and rolling it. I then put a rubber band around them and put them in a large ziploc bag. After they practice a couple of times, the children can get them out and put them away by themselves.
I don’t like coloring books, but I have some with simple shapes. I put them in page protectors and the kids love to use the wikki stix to outline the shapes that make up the pictures. They also like to “sculpt” with them – creating 3 dimensional figures when they’re applied to plastic bottles, or other items.
I store wikki stix by laminating cardstock and laying the wikki stix out flat on the page. We use wikki stix during our morning message to circle particular letters and later in the year to circle sight words. We also use them on other charts and posters.