Stick-lets by
Christina Kazakia

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Product news: these flexible silicone connecters have been designed by Christina Kazakia to help children to lash sticks together when building dens.

Stick- lets by Christina Kazakia

Philadelphia designer Christina Kazakia's Stick-lets are silicone connecters that come in brightly coloured organic shapes.

Stick- lets by Christina Kazakia

The latest collection Fort Kit 2.0 comprises connecters with two to four holes, which vary in size to connect sticks of different girths.

Stick- lets by Christina Kazakia

The stretchy silicone is child safe and weather resistant.

Stick- lets by Christina Kazakia

"Stick-lets can help kids get back outside, away from the screen and into the world, where they create stimulating and imaginative experiences," said the designer. "By engaging with this toy, they become aware of a resourceful and renewable element, the stick."

Stick- lets by Christina Kazakia

The kits can be purchased from the Stick-lets website.

  • pipo

    Let’s litter the woods with ‘stick-lets’?

  • P B and J

    Or how about the cheaper, biodegradable and less invasive option of string? Then they could learn about knots and not leave lots of brightly coloured detritus all over woodland.

  • Jurgen

    I’m afraid that giving these to children to play with in nature is about as good an idea as leaving your 6-pack rings at the camp site for wildlife (such as birds) to die in.

  • Vigarano

    Building on P B and J’s suggestion, what about… vines?! Mother Nature’s “stick-lets”.

  • Ru

    This product is wrong on so many levels. I sincerely hope that its presence on dezeen does nothing to endorse it. The slogan on the “stick-lets” site reads “because mother nature misses us”. I can assure you mother nature does not miss your silicone product. How about using natural latex with wild flower seeds set into it, so when children inevitably leave them in the woods a beneficial trace is left. Or of course the obvious, rope.

  • beatrice

    Why not just use cable ties? Then you could connect mid way on a stick rather than the ends, as here. Quicker than string too.

  • Carrot

    Stick to something else.

  • yeah yeahs

    They are silicone… recyclable. And, i’m pretty sure you aren’t supposed to leave them in the woods since they are reusable. pretty cool.

  • Stophorous

    Reminds me of one of my favourite bands:
    “Youth against nature” ;)

  • Eric770

    I think it is a great idea. I’m a father of 3 who has made many items and projects with my kids and their friends. There are two things that keep small kids interested: hands-on, and simplicity. This has both.

    From the photos I see they work with a wide range of thicknesses to make what would otherwise be complicated joints. The silicon will stay in place on one stick as another is slipped into position. Harvesting the sticks would be free, and a fun activity in itself. Structures would be easy to modify, so suggestions made could be acted on without the reluctance to tear down and start all over. I think they could be used for developing sculpture, where you need temporary clamping and easily made adjustments. The only drawback I see is the price, double what I would expect to pay. Otherwise some spanish-bowline knots tied in bungie cords can produce near the same function.

  • no

    Strapline: ‘because nature misses us’. NAFF, and I doubt nature does. Interesting idea but a contradiction in itself. String is just as good and can be used for other things.

  • Stick-lets

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    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1485928698/stick-letstm-because-mother-nature-misses-us

  • Dan

    These would be super-useful in any woodland or jungle survival kit, too.