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Here are some great ways to get children playing with math and literacy over the summer holidays or during the weekend!

Many kids struggle in the summer or during long school holidays to retain important skills developed during the regular school year. By using playful activities and crafts, children can practice basic skills in a FUN way with Wikki Stix!

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Wikki Stix Watermelon Math Craft

Materials needed: Red or Pink Wikki Stix for the watermelon flesh, Green Wikki Stix for the watermelon rind, Black Wikki Stix for the watermelon seeds/numbers, scissors, and paper plates or heavy paper for mounting.

Give the children a paper plate or a blank sheet of heavy paper to create on.

Have the children create a rind from the green Wikki Stix and add red or pink Wikki Stix inside the rind for the fleshy part of the watermelon. The children can cut black pieces of Wikki Stix with scissors for the seeds/numbers. Younger children may need assistance with cutting and making the numbers, but Wikki Stix can be easily cut with safety scissors.

For the activity: Pick any number the children are familiar with and have the children create that number from the black Wikki Stix to place on the created watermelon. The children must then make the corresponding number of seeds to place on their watermelon craft. The numbers can be exchanged for different or larger numbers as desired.
It is a great activity for one-to-one correspondence and helps develop fine motor skills, too! The watermelons can be saved or stored for use throughout the summer.

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Wikki Stix Alphabet Crabs

Materials needed: Red Wikki Stix for the crab’s body and legs/claws, Black/White Wikki Stix for the crab eyes, scissors, and assorted Wikki Stix to form letters.

To construct the crab: 
The children can cut strands of Wikki Stix to make eight legs for the crab. If desired, 2 heart shapes can be made from red Wikki Stix for the crab’s claws. The body can be made of a red Wikki Stix circle or spiral. The eyes are made from black and white pieces of Wikki Stix formed into balls.

Literacy Activities: there are a variety of literacy activities that can be done with the Wikki Stix crabs. As the children play with Wikki Stix, they will begin to develop their own creative ways to play with literacy! A few suggestions are offered below:

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Matching Uppercase Letters to Lowercase Letters – have the children create any capital or lowercase letters that have been introduced with Wikki Stix. Place the letters (uppercase and lowercase) in random order around the crab. The children must then search for the matching uppercase and lowercase letters. For younger children, begin by making just a few Wikki Stix letters at a time until they are comfortable with matching.

Storytelling – place the created crabs on craft sticks and read “A House for Hermit Crab” by Eric Carle. The children can create houses or other items from the book with the Wikki Stix. Have the children use their created crafts to retell the story in their own words.

Word Building – The children can use Wikki Stix letters to make high frequency words or any words the kids are working on. The Wikki Stix will provide that extra layer of hands-on, sensory touch to help cement basic literacy skills!

With Wikki Stix, your children can have hours of FUN creating, playing, and learning throughout the long holiday breaks and weekends!