Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Wikki Stix

package of wikki stix

Wikki Stix are a perennial favorite of educators and parents, and can be used to adapt materials or create tactile graphics for children who are blind or visually impaired.  They can be molded into different shapes and pressed down onto a plain surface, such as the page of a book or a table.   They adhere without glue or any special process, which make them ideal for a quick illustration, game, or lesson.  They can easily be peeled up and repositioned, and are reusable.

Drawings using wikki stix

 

Wikki Stix have many educational and recreational uses to increase accessibility for students with visual impairments.  They can be used for fun "drawings", as show on the left.  They can be used to make lines, as borders on edges of pages, or for teaching positional concepts, such as "above", "below", "left", "right".  We have seen them used in counting activities, tracking, and many other ways for beginning readers.

 

parts of a tooth drawn with wikki stix

 

 

They can also be used to create tactile graphics, such as this tactual illustration of the parts of a tooth.

 

Made of hand-knitting yarn and enhanced with non-toxic wax, they do not contain latex, gluten, nuts or many of the other substances that can be problematic for people with allergies.  They are available for purchase online or in many retail stores.

Let us know some of your favorite ways to use Wikki Stix!

Posted on February 16, 2014
Updated on: February 8, 2018