Fun with Easter Eggs All Year Long

Now, that Easter is over, what are you going to do with all those plastic Easter eggs? Here are some fun ideas to use the eggs throughout the year!

  1. Take them apart and have your child practice matching the different colors or designs to put the eggs back together. For older children, you could write an upper case letter on one half of the egg and a lower case letter on the other half of the egg. Then, have the child match the upper and lower case letters.
  2. Practice color patterns with the eggs.eggs1
  3. Put different dry materials inside the eggs, glue them back together, and let your child have fun with new sound makers. Some fun things to try inside are: rice, beans, pasta, small beads, a couple marbles, or coins.
  4. Play hide and find. Hide the eggs around your house and then give your child verbal directions on where to find the eggs. This is a fun way to work on following directions!
  5. Paint with the eggs. Open them up and use the open circle side to dip and paint and make circles on paper. eggs2
  6. Use them in sensory bins as scoops!
  7. Keep them in the kitchen for special play when your kids want to help you cookJ
  8. Matching game with a colored dot inside an egg carton and then the child matches the eggs to color in the egg carton. You could also write letters or numbers inside the carton, and then on the eggs too. eggs3

Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase F

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

Start your week with Fundanoodle’s award-winning Muscle Mover cards! Children can act out the movement from the cards to get the wiggles out, and then the fun continues by tracing the letter on the back of the dry erase card. Make sure to continue the blended learning by encourage the child to say the stroke movement out loud when they practice forming the letter.

We are going through the letters according to our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book and today’s letter is Uppercase F!

Zip Down

Hop to the Top

Zip Across the Top

Zip Across the Middle

Leap like a Frog!

For children, learning should be fun! With Fundanoodle Muscle Mover kids “play” while developing four key areas: Muscle Development, Visual Motor, Sensory Motor, Cognitive/Brain Builders.

Have a great week!

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase L

It’s Monday morning!  Let’s get a move on!

Start your week with Fundanoodle’s award-winning Muscle Mover cards! Children can act out the movement from the cards to get the wiggles out, and then the fun continues by tracing the letter on the back of the dry erase card. Make sure to continue the blended learning by encourage the child to say the stroke movement out loud when they practice forming the letter.

We’ve gone through another round of the alphabet in the order of our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book so we are back at the beginning of the appropriate developmental order.

Today’s letter is Uppercase L!

Crawl like a ladybug!

For children, learning should be fun! With Fundanoodle Muscle Mover kids “play” while developing four key areas: Muscle Development, Visual Motor, Sensory Motor, Cognitive/Brain Builders.

Did you know?

Fundanoodle Muscle Mover cards prepare preschoolers to sit upright in chairs to perform handwriting and other academic activities by strengthening core muscle groups.

Fundanoodle and Autism

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month AND National Occupational Therapy Month we’ve asked our Occupational Therapists to tell us how Fundanoodle can be used with children on the Autism Spectrum. We’ve had such amazing feedback from the Autism community and hope to continue to develop those relationships!

“If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve only met one person with Autism.”

I love this quote, because we are all individuals with various strengths and weaknesses, it’s what makes the world go around. With that said, while no one person is like another, individuals with Autism do share some of the same strengths, preferences and learning styles.  Keeping that in mind, we are going to explore Fundanoodle, and discover why children who have Autism love it!

We know that children with Autism are better taught visually, because they tend to think in pictures or symbols.  As well, they thrive with consistency and structure.  And, we cannot forget that they are children, so they love to play! Play is an essential part of learning, but sometimes they may need our help interacting, organizing and planning.  Remember, a multi-sensory approach works best.

“If you tell me, I forget

If you show me, I see

If you involve me, I remember.”

Now, let’s explore how Fundanoodle provides these key components, making learning fun and engaging for children who have Autism.

Visual Supports:

  • Colorful pictures and symbols – From the colorful bead patterns and Magna Stix, to the appealing pictures of Max and Alphie’s adventures in the writing tablets, the visual stimuli is engaging, yet not too busy.
  • Familiar symbols such as “Stop” and “Go” signs provide starting and stopping points for letter formation.
  • Some children with Autism read very well and use Max’s written directions to form the letters, thus promoting independence with handwriting.

Structure and Consistency:

Our recommended multi-sensory approach to handwriting includes three steps:

  1. Build the letter with the colorful, resistive MagnaStix.
  2. Write the letter on the dry-erase board or in a tactile media such as cornstarch or flour.
  3. Perfect it on paper using the visual supports and guidelines that progress from boxes, to green and red top and baselines, to traditional, three-lined paper.

The Action Words used to depict the strokes are carried throughout the program, from the large floor pads designed for three year olds, all the way through upper case, lower case and cursive instruction.

Play:

Make time for fun and learning! Fundanoodle affords the opportunity to play for kids of all ages!

  • Get their “wiggles out” and promote proprioceptive and vestibular input, with Fundanoodle’s Muscle Mover Cards.  This is a great multi-sensory activity to address both large and fine motor movements.  Once your child performs the action on one side of the card, she can flip it over and write the letter on the opposite side of the card with a dry-erase marker. The Muscle Mover Cards are great to use in conjunction with the “letter of the day”.  So, if you are working on the letter S, she’ll slither like a snake over to the table, where she’ll then form the letter S with the MagnaStix, write it on the dry-erase board, and then in the writing tablet.  Some of the animal actions are great for your sensory seekers, while others work to calm and organize those children who may have sensitivities.
  • The I Can Bead, Lace, Rip, Trace Kit is full of hours of fun!  They won’t even know that they are hard at work improving their visual motor and fine motor skills, as well as organizing, planning and sequencing! It promotes nice tactile exploration, too!
  • I Can Pound Activity Block is the ultimate experience for promoting play, while developing critical skills! This is a favorite among the children that I work with!  The patterns range from pictures, to letters of the alphabet to numbers.  Demonstrate pounding a colored peg into the “dot” on the pattern and then have him pound away to create a colorful picture.  Many times, I will use this in an obstacle course or during a sensory break.  The pegs might be placed at one side of the room and the block is placed at the other side of the room.  He might get a peg, and crawl like a worm over pillows and through a tunnel to get to the board, where he then pounds the peg into the pattern. Or, because children with Autism do respond well to pictures, we might use the Muscle Mover Cards to imitate an action as we move from one side of the room to the other to get to the pounding block. The rote action of pounding, combined with the resistive nature of the block tends to be very calming for children with Autism.  This is a great activity to put in your cozy corner at school or home.

No two children are alike, but all children love Fundanoodle!  We make learning FUN!

Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Don’t forget to enter our Favorite OT contest on Facebook. Michelle has our vote! :)

Muscle Mover Monday…Uppercase Z

Start your week with Fundanoodle’s award-winning Muscle Mover cards! Children can act out the movement from the cards to get the wiggles out, and then the fun continues by tracing the letter on the back of the dry erase card. Make sure to continue the blended learning by encourage the child to say the stroke movement out loud when they practice forming the letter.

Today’s letter is Uppercase Z! The last letter in the alphabet and the last letter in our I Can Write Uppercase! activity book!

Zip Across

Zoom Down

Zip Across

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Zig zag like a Zebra!

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Official Announcement!

If you follow Fundanoodle on Facebook then you may have noticed that we are no longer part of Carolina Pad. We’ve been busy getting organized and building our new team and are ready to make the official announcement! See the press release below!

Early Education Line Fundanoodle to Spin Off From School-Supply Giant

Fundanoodle® (www.fundanoodle.com), a new education readiness program originally developed by school- supply giant Carolina Pad, is spinning off on its own with fresh energy under new CEO and majority owner April Whitlock. April managed the brand at Carolina Pad after successfully running the company’s first consumer engagement campaign and developing the Studio C brand.

April, a mom of three, caught the entrepreneurial bug as the 32nd employee and 7 year veteran of LendingTree.com. In 2006, she launched the Charlotte office of Mom Corps, a start-up focusing on career and professional development. Two years later, April was recruited by Carolina Pad to develop and launch the Studio C brand and the company’s first ever consumer marketing campaign. April took over the management of the Fundanoodle product line in 2011 and in 2013 she successfully raised capital to establish Fundanoodle as an independent company.

Originally developed in partnership with pediatric occupational therapists, Fundanoodle was created with the belief that learning the skills required for handwriting and other educational and everyday activities should be fun. More than just handwriting tablets and workbooks, Fundanoodle helps kids with fine and gross motor coordination, enhances hand-eye coordination, encourages touch and visual exploration and promotes problem solving, discovery and self-esteem. Building confidence while learning, children become successful in and out of the classroom.

Fundanoodle is developed for differential learning at home and in the classroom, and serves as the perfect solution to the inadvertent ill effects from the increase in use of touchscreen technology by children. “I am passionate about building a company that inspires a life-long love of learning by engaging a child’s mind and muscles,” says Whitlock. “We are committed to providing parents and teachers with quality tools that are fun to use and combat the negative impact of too much touch screen technology.”

While the education market is vast, Fundanoodle has been named as one of Charlotte Business Journal’s start- ups to watch in 2014 due to its horsepower from development and product placement gained while operating under Carolina Pad and the focus on a direct-to-consumer business plan from new leadership.

About Fundanoodle

Fundanoodle, a Charlotte based education readiness program, includes products ranging from writing tablets to multi-activity kits, all designed to make learning a fun and interactive experience. Organized in developmentally appropriate progression, Fundanoodle activities encourage kids to focus on and complete increasingly complex tasks. Fundanoodle is a program for kids to engage in meaningful learning experiences together with their teachers or parents. Learn more about key benefits and features of the Fundanoodle program at Fundanoodle.com

We are excited about the future of Fundanoodle and hope you will continue to be part of our family!

aprilView the official press release HERE!

 

Come Play With Max & Alphie This Summer!

We know many of you parents are busy planning your summer already and what better way to get your little monkeys back in school mode than with our FUN and interactive Handwriting Camps?! Held in early August, our camps are the perfect transition back to school while still being a fun Summertime experience your kids will love!

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You can register for both camps on our website or by downloading the forms below:

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For more information please fill out the form below!