They are bendy like pipe cleaners and waxy like crayons. They stick to each other, but don’t make a mess. They can be used over and over again and will even survive an accidental trip through the wash. They provide lots of open-ended, imaginative play and can be used alone or with other craft materials. What are they? The answer is Wikki Stix.
Wikki Stix are made of strands of acrylic hand-knitting yarn coated in a microcrystalline food-grade, non-toxic wax. The results are sticks that can be moulded, shaped, bent, cut, stuck together, stuck on other things or used for three-dimensional creations. They are half toy, half craft activity. The special coating allows Wikki Stix to be stuck together without the need for glue, so there is no mess.
The Wikki Stix site has lots of suggestions for how they can be used for craft and educational activities. If you’re not convinced about how clever these waxy bits of yarn actually are, check out the ‘Household Helpers’ section. You’ll be opening jars, fixing the grip on your golf clubs and securing extension cords in a jiffy… just leave some for the kids’ school science project!