NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It's almost Hanukkah again—and when the candles are lit and the blessings are said, it's time for the games to begin! This year, rather than playing dreidel with chocolate coins or pocket change, Jewish families around the country are planning to use a new marker that kids accumulate as they win—the colorful tubes and pronged charms from Wacky Links™ ( www.wackylinks.com), a creative new DIY kit for kids exploding onto the scene this holiday season.
"Rather than give kids candy that only lasts for a minute, Wacky Links™ let's kids hang onto the sweet taste of victory long after the dreidel has been put away. In each kit, there are 15 tubes and 20 pronged charms, which means each time a child wins a round, she is not just winning a piece, but the chance to imagine and create something with it. Just 1 tube and 1 charm can make a bracelet, for example, so all the players have a chance to start simple and build up. And when the night is over kids can take them home and continue to play--putting them together and taking them apart, over and over again." Parents can choose from themes like Princess, Rock & Roll, Safari, Connectors, Dinosaurs, Winter Wonderland, and more to add brightly-colored fun to the festival of lights. In keeping with the newly updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Wacky Links™ is also a perfect way to "promote activities that are likely to facilitate development and health, including playing together." ( http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/138/5/e20162592) Kids ages 4-8 love them for the open-ended play they offer, but parents get the added benefit of knowing they are helping their child to develop fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving strategies--and children's museums and art museums across the country have been early adapters of Wacky Links™ for just that reason.