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Asda Neon Straws
Member Name: catsholiday
Asda Neon Straws
Date: 08/01/13, updated on 09/04/13 (17 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and good quality and colourful
Disadvantages: None really
Asda Neon Straws
I rarely shop at Asda but my ex Homestart family's mother works there and as such they have quite a few Asda items in their home. I still visit them regularly even though they are no longer my official family as I really like them and I have become fond of the children. I was given a packet of these straws to bring home for my grand daughter to use.
The girls initially struggled drinking from a cup and we found that sucking from a straw solved this problem when they were younger and now of course, they just like using the straws as they have got used to having them.
These straws are especially popular with them as they are such bright pretty colours and fortunately they don't seem to mind which colour they have so there are no arguments.
The neat thing about these straws is that they come in a decent box and the colours are separated so it is easy to pick out a specific colour quickly. The box keeps the straws neat and clean wherever you decide to store it so the straws are free from dust and dirt.
They are a nice size in that they fit sticking out of a standard glass without being over long. The width is good too as you get a good mouthful per suck unlike some of the straws provided with the boxes of drink that are so thin you really have to work hard to get a mouthful.
The straws have a sort of concertina part that allows you to bend the tip so that young children don't feel they have to tip the glass to get the drink. It also means that you can use these for people bedridden as you can get the glass at a height that they can drink using a bendy straw. The bendy bit is quite flexible and my friend's girls do enjoy playing with the bendy bit as it makes a very satisfying sort of sound as you bend it backwards and forwards. The straw seems to cope with al lot of bendy without falling apart ever.
The straws are plastic rather than waxed paper which means that when she has extra children she can give each child a different colour straw and that was when they want more drink she can tell which is which and the straw will still be okay for that child to use for a second drink too.
My daughter also buys these and she uses them for drinks but also for craft and games
We play one that is a sort of paper ball blow ball. A bit like football but using straws to guide the ball and tackle - you can only blow and not actually use the straw as a tool to push or guide!
Another adult game is to see how many peas/beans or smarties you can pick up and move from one plate to another by just sucking on the straw to hold the item. This is played in teams or competing pars. It works best if you have had a drink or two and is very funny. It also works with bits of paper if you are not strong enough at sucking to hold a pea/smartie/bean.
These cost around 80p and you get 150 in the pack so pretty good value for something that is such good quality.
I am trying to think of a use for the straws that have been used in drinks that you could wash them and create something with them but as yet have not come up with anything except jewellery. As children we would chop up straws and then thread them onto wool or thin string and make necklaces and bracelets so these would work for that. You could stick them onto wood or paper in patterns or create a picture mosaic style by sticking them using pva glue.
All in all I have had two families who use these and have indeed used them myself when in their houses both for their original intended use and for games as well at my daughter's house. We have not tried the craft activities with these but I have done them with other straws of different brands in the past and these are such great colours they would be very effective.
Threading is a very useful learning activity as it helps develop co-ordination and you could talk about colours, count straw bits and also make colour patterns when threading so don't just throw the old ones away make your straws work a bit harder and become a free learning toy.
So these are fun colourful, quality straws that can be used for many things besides enjoying a drink.
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Summary: A quality plastic straw