He loves them.
These things can actually make him sit still – wow!
But wait, there’s more…
These strange-looking, kind of adorable and creepy little toys are actually really useful for developing certain skills when placed in the sticky (and oh-so-precious) hands of a three-year-old.
Before we get into it, I hereby state that I have in no way received ANY monetary compensation for promoting the purchasing of groceries at a certain grocery store – promise! In fact, the hype around these little guys has slowed down considerably. (Collective sigh of relief.)
Here are 5 things that your little one can learn as they play with their Stikeez.
1. Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination
Stikeez are small and involve delicate hand movements to pick up, rearrange into a vertical position and gently push them onto a flat surface – repeatedly. Yup, by playing with these toys your little one will work on their hand-eye coordination and their fine motor skills. Both of which are super valuable in preparation for handwriting in the not-too-distant future. Love it.
Colours, animal groups, habitats, matching identical ones (see, doubles aren’t so bad after all), there are SO many ways you can sort Stikeez! Can you hear the neurons firing? The really great part of this is that not only will your child reinforce the stuff they already know, they’ll expand their vocabulary too! Get involved and challenge them to sort the sea animals and land animals etc. It’s fun (we all have a little kid in us anyway, I’m sure of it!)
Download Your Free Printable Habitat Sheet HERE. Print and Laminate it for some Stikeez fun.
I got really excited when I realised that we could practise patterns with these little guys! The whole idea of “what comes next?” is a wonderful way to develop a foundation of problem-solving skills, the very same skills that will come in handy when they’re dealing with word problems in maths one day (seriously)… Keep it simple at first (just two colours) and then go from there… blue, yellow, blue … You get the idea.
For older kids, it can even help them practise the sequence of the colours of the rainbow!
Easy, fun and great for little minds!
Download Your Free Printable Pattern Template HERE. Print and Laminate it for some Stikeez fun.
My little boy doesn’t play with them often but he knows EXACTLY how many pigs, yellow fish and dolphins there are – he remembers! He also remembers the ones missing from the collection – sigh. The point is, these toys support a healthy memory in that little brain – if only they would help him remember where he put his other shoe!
I’m throwing this in for the older kids – the “big” school kids take these little things to school and barter, swap and negotiate with their peers for the ones missing from their collection. Hello little entrepreneurs of the future! It’s never too early to learn to work with others and come to mutually beneficial arrangements, it’s pretty clever, actually.
For the super nerdy parents out there – you might even be able to introduce the concept of vacuum to your child (or you could just say that they stick to the table because they’re like gecko feet – that works too!)
Let your kid play and learn with their Stikeez, keep them safe and have fun together! They were free (sort of – another debate for another time) but they offer a wealth of learning opportunities to your little one!
It’s your turn! Can you think of any other ways to play with these and help your kiddo learn at the same time? I’d love to hear from you. Share in the comments below.