Looking for a portable, non-messy craft? Wikki Stix are fabulous. This low-tech toy is perfect for long car rides, airport downtime, birthday party goodie bags, restaurants, doctor’s office waiting rooms – pretty much any time you want to give your kids a chance to engage in quiet, creative fun. The non-toxic wax-coated yarn can be bent into shapes, pressed together to make crafts, or used to connect the dots or create pictures on a flat surface. They’re easy enough for my 3-year-old to manipulate, and can be used to make more-complicated creations that keep my 5-year-old happy for ages. A package of 24 8-inch stix is just $3.25, but there are some fabulous kits in the $8 range.
Activity Set (84 stix, play board, activity sheets, and a storage bag), $16.95 at Wikkistix.com.