Developing Fine Motor Skills With Wikki Stix
Most everyone has heard about Wikileaks and Wikipedia, but how about Wikki Stix? Wikki Stix are colorful strings that have been coated with wax, allowing them to bend into any shape, and to stick and unstick from paper and other materials.
Many students with intellectual disabilities struggle with the fine motor skills needed to form numbers and letters, write on a line and color. Wikki Stix are a great tool to help students who struggle with these skills.
I loved using these waxed strings to help students with coloring within the lines. Prior to the activity, press a strip along the outside edge of the coloring area. If the coloring needs to be done in a specific color, you can use that color WikkiStix to outline the shape. The Wikki Stix provides a firm barrier acting as stencil.
Another way to use the sticks is to allow the student to press them along a letter, shape or number. This is a great tactile activity to help reinforce learning while
also practicing hand to eye coordination and fine motor skills. This practice makes a fun center, or can be used during independent work periods.
Happily, Wikki Stix are affordable…a pack of 48 sticks cost around $7.00, and you can use them over and over. I used the same pack for an entire school year!
Do you use Wikki Stix in your classroom? I’d love to hear about your creative ideas for using this versatile tool!
For more ideas on how to use Wikki Sticks, check out their website and blog.
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