By: Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L and Michelle OTR/L
It is the most wonderful time of the year…for all the kiddos! More, more, and more toy advertisements! And, they want them all! We are going to spend the next few weeks, highlighting some of our favorite toys and why they are our favorites. (Use your favorite search engine to find these at a store near you!)
Muscle Mover/Active Toys:
- Tunnels- use for weight bearing, core and upper body strengthening, build forts, develops ocular motor skills
- Ogo Sport- great for bilateral motor coordination and strengthening ocular motor skills, as well as cooperative play
- Scooter Board – great for upper body strengthening, bilateral coordination, and ocular motor skills
- Ezy Roller- this riding toy requires use of both legs to propel it forward
- Plasma Car – great for bilateral coordination and upper and core body strengthening
- Flying Turtle- this riding toy requires the use of both arms to propel it forward
- Fundanoodle’s Muscle Mover Cards – Great for getting the wiggles out, core and upper body strengthening, and letter recognition, too!
- Hippity Hop Ball – Great for Core strengthening
As the busiest time of the year descends upon us, how are you helping your child understand the concept of time? So many children have such a hard time understanding when holiday events are going to happen, or how long until we get to see special family members or go see the Jolly ‘Ol Man. Whether at home or school this is a crazy, busy time of the year, but so exciting also.
To help with keeping track of all the exciting things happening here are a few ways to show your child/ren when something will happen.
This is a great way to “treat” the kids every day. On the special day you can add a sticker or bow to show when the day is.
This calendar is a great way to cross out each day and note when events will take place. It also gives the child a visual of what has already taken place as well as when something will happen.
This is one of our favorites. This is a great way to put special holiday sayings or surprises.
This is an “oldie” but goodie way of counting down till Christmas. Most major retailers sell this premade calendar and work great for the busy family.
Making Santa’s beard is a good way to incorporate common core standards into a seasonal activity. Number recognition as well as counting are two skills needed for kindergarten students. As you can see in the picture you can highlight the special days and cover one number per day.
This traditional countdown method works those little fingers, and we love strengthening those little fingers as much as possible. For more experienced students have them cut out the strips and staple them together. Students or children who aren’t as efficient at cutting just ask them to cut a few then to help staple the strips together.
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.
Buzz around to the top.
Hop down to the middle.
Whistle like a Quail.
Today is it! Today is the last day to take advantage of the Fundanoodle MOVING sale! Don’t miss out on these deals!!
We are busy around the Fundanoodle offices getting ready to move!! You can take advantage of this by avoiding the crowds in stores and doing some shopping online!! Check out the AWESOME deals on the Fundanoodle products. (There are some awesome deals for that little one who just needs a little bit more to go with their Christmas wish list! Or add a little something to that special teacher’s gift!)