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When I’m in the shops, I always look for things we can use in teaching, and making the learning fun. So the other day I saw these craft foam sticks in a chinese shop here by us, and I bought them. I did not use them immediately, only a few weeks later when I got this idea of making bendable sticky sticks. (I was not sure what to call it, but my school kids called it sticky sticks, so sticky sticks it is!)
My daughter helped to make them: sticking the Velcro dots to the ends of the sticks. (I got these dots from a friend in Canada, I must still find a supplier here in SA). As easy as that!
We played at home first, identifying the hard velcro dot to the soft ones, discussing why the same type does not stick to each other, and why the opposite ones do. (An experiment by itself)
We linked them together(requiring fine motor skills and hand eye coordination), and made a long string using patterning.
Such fun learning!
You can make your own, or if you are in South Africa and want to order it from me, leave a comment on this post, and I will get back to you with pricing.>