(International Playthings $19.95)
This carrying case is loaded with waxed strings known as wikki stix that come in many colors and can be bent into letters, numerals and animal shapes. The set includes activity cards that can be used as templates or the materials can be used in an open ended way. This kind of activity involves the fine motor skills kids will need for writing, so it's a fun way to develop those finger muscles without drilling with pencil and paper tasks. You can also find smaller packs of the Wikki Stix if you want to try them out. 4 & up.
Ages: Preschoolers, Early school
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Blue Chip Award 2009
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