I like them because….
1. They are long. Children can attach lots of these together to create a “super straw” that spans the length of a room, or at least the length of a table.
2. They are just flimsy enough. Sometimes, the lack of strength of a material provides just enough of a challenge to make it interesting.
3. They are versatile. Children will find a million and one ways to use this manipulative.
The small joints that hold the straws together are a choking hazard for children under 3, so be sure to check this before investing in these. However, if you do have some materials in a separate place for older children, these would be a good addition to any math center.