Children learn through play. As an occupational therapist who works with children and youth, I use games and toys almost every day to help develop important cognitive, visual perceptual, motor, sensory, social, play and leisure skills. While many different types of activities can be used in therapy, this blog focuses on off-the-shelf games and toys that are accessible to most. Whether you are a therapist, parent, teacher, or a game lover like me, I hope you discover something useful while you are here. Learn a different way to play a game you already own or discover a new game for your next family game night. Either way, just go play. It's good for you!

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Wikki Stix Alphabet


Reinforce letter formation with reusable Wikki Stix.

Work on fine motor precision, coordinated use of both hands, visual closure, visual discrimination, spatial relations, manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination
In the box: 27 7inch squares, 36 9inch Wikki Stix
Ages 3+
Wikki Stix are simply pieces of knitting yarn dipped in food-grade wax. They are bendable and can be shaped however you like. They adhere to paper and most smooth surfaces with just fingertip pressure. This set includes one card for each letter of the alphabet and one blank card that says "Can you make the first letter of your name?" Each letter (lower case and upper case) shows arrows for the sequence that you would make the strokes to write the letter. Following the arrows, press the Wikki Stix right on top of each letter to reinforce writing. There is also a small picture made of Wikki Stix on each card (see the butterfly above).  You can press Wikki Stix over the picture or make a bigger version on another surface. These pictures, however, can be quite detailed compared to the letters. Once you are done, the Wikki Stix peel off easily and can be used over and over. Wikki Stix sets come in different themes including Christmas, Basic Shapes, and Numbers and Counting. Very similar to Bendaroos.
Try this:
  • Make the letter by pressing the Wikki Stix on top of the card. Next, make the letter by looking at the card and pressing the Wikki Stix next to the card. Finally, use the Wikki Stix to make the letter without looking at the card.
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