July 1st, 2009


I saw the commercial for WiKKi STiX once, and I’m going to be honest, it looked like it was shot by someone’s Uncle Bruce in his basement on his old VHS camcorder. So, suffice it to say, I was not inspired to seek out this product. But then, while out to dinner one night at a popular Chinese restaurant chain, we got a little pack of WiKKi STiX, instead of crayons, for Spicy Girl to play with at the table.

WiKKi StiX are… Um… I’m not sure how to explain … hell, I’ll just rip it right from the website: “Wikki Stix are made of a strand of acrylic, hand-knitting yarn enhanced with a microcrystalline, food-grade, non-toxic wax. There is no latex, nor any peanut or nut oil. The wax is similar to that used in lipsticks and on food products.”

Got that?

I took the packet and pulled the sheet of eight WiKKi STiX out and handed them to Spicy Girl. She instinctively pulled them apart and started to mold them and play with them. She was transfixed. We played with them as a family. I made glasses for her and the hubby and we shot photos and posted them to my Facebook wall. She played and ate with little fussing. Yes, dear reader, it was a glorious good time. Not bad for some string coated in colored wax.

I asked the hostess for another packet for the road and asked her what she thought of them. She told me that the wait staff loves the WiKKi STiX, because they require very little cleanup. That was enough for me.

So, I went online and bought a party favor pack of WiKKi STiX (25 packs for $15.00). I always have a pack in my diaper bag, just in case Spicy Girl is in need of an outlet for her creative energy.

As far as cleanup is concerned, they may leave a waxy residue on glass and various other surfaces. But a dry paper towel and a minimal amount of elbow grease will eliminate that in a jif.

I had no idea what to expect from WiKKi STiX. Who knew they were a creativity- encouraging, fine-motor-skill-exercising, family-pleasing time filler that you can fit in your wallet? Not bad for wax covered string.

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