Wacky Wikki Stix

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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!

Jumbo packs of Wikki Stix are available directly from Wikki Stix for US$19.95. Alternatively, avoid massive postage costs and order smaller packs online from New Zealand’s Every Educaid.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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