Believe It Or Not . . . It’s Back-to-School time!

Max & Alphie know that many of our southern friends (especially those in Georgia) have headed back to school today to start a great new year! We wish you all a year of great success!

Even though many more of our friends have several weeks of summer vacation left, we know that most people’s thoughts turn to school when the calendar turns to August! One of the first skills that Kindergarten children work on when they start school is letter and number formation. Why not get a head start on these skills with Fundanoodle’s easy-to-use writing activity books.

Check out this video which provides an overview of the Fundanoodle writing workbooks! Our friends Max & Alphie help children learn to form letters and numbers with action words like Zip, Zoom and Buzz, while providing visual cues like red and green lines for fun, intuitive learning.

When does back-to-school hit your house? Tell us below to be eligible to win an “I Can Write!” prize package featuring all of Fundanoodle’s writing books. Extra entries for tagging Fundanoodle when you share this post on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

Here’s to Back-to-School fun!

I Can Pound with Fundanoodle {Video + Giveaway!}

Our second informational video we would love to share with our friends is our I Can Pound with Fundanoodle. In this video we introduce our award wining I Can Pound! kit and describe how it can be used as a differential learning product developing handwriting skills before ever picking up a pencil.

A favorite for our 3-4 year old children who like to hammer and move their muscles and a great letter formation tool for our older age groups!

Watch, share, and enter to win!

Just enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below and leave a comment on this blog post with either your Facebook or Twitter username (whichever you used to share!) and what product you would choose if you won.

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Charlotte Today: Indoor Activities

Our Director of Monkey Business April was featured on Charlotte Today this morning discussing some fun indoor activities when your monkeys need a break from the heat.

IMG_1403When it is too hot to even go to the pool or a summer storm ruins your outdoor fun, head inside and ignore the screen with these fun, educational and motor sensory developing ideas.

Children need plenty of short, fun activities that will allow them to use their hands and develop hand/eye coordination in a way that swiping a screen just cannot do! And it’s a bonus if these activities also develop and support letter and number recognition and formation, math skills, color identification and more.

{These ideas work with children ages 3-5.}

Letter Recognition and Practice:

Here are fun letter activities for children before even putting a pencil in their hand to write letters. And if your older child complains when it’s time to practice handwriting you can pull out these fun tools and they won’t realize they are “working!”

  1. Use shaving cream on a cookie sheet  or in the bathroom to write letters, sight words and more. IMG_1410
  2. Create sensory bags filled with gel or shaving cream and trace letters of name, names of people in house, vowels, constants, etc.IMG_1409
  3. Hide and find letters with large letter magnets in sand for younger kids or smaller ones in play dough or molding dough for older kids. Turn it into a game to see who can find the most vowels or consonants, once you find them all see who can make the most words out of the found letters.IMG_1407
  4. Use Fundanoodle Muscle Mover cards for engaging activities to get the wiggles out before using the back to build letters with play dough and pipe cleaners.groupmusclemovertherapistthursdaypic
  5. Use Fundanoodle I Can Build kits and I Can Pound kit to build hand strength and letter recognition. Sara Erwin Pounding

Math, Shapes and Numbers Practice:

  1. Use clothes pins for a homemade sorting game.  Roll a dice and use the clothes pin to pick up pom poms or other small items and sort into cups or containers for young children to work on counting and sorting, greater than and less than. With older children you can use cards with math signs (plus, minus, equal) and create simple math problems with the pins or other items. IMG_1411
  2. Use puppets for picking up items to work pincher grip and hand strength.  Use a timer to pick up items and move them into cups and then count the items and determine who has less and more. You can then sort colors and even make charts of the colors.IMG_1412
  3. Have a race to fill cups by having children guess how many beads (or other materials such as beans) will fill the cup then count them to see how close you are. You can also use a dice to roll and fill cups based on numbers or time how long it takes.bead cups
  4. Use Fundanoodle bead cards for shape and color recognition.
  5. Have squirt bottle races  in big pot or the bath tub with floating bath toys. Move the toys with the squirt bottle to the other side (this is great hand strength!) as a race or guess how many squirts it will take or which things move faster or slower. This is also great outside in a baby pool!squirt-bottle-races-2_thumb

What other fun indoor activities are you doing with your children this summer?

To watch the clip from the show click here: http://www.wcnc.com/charlotte-today/Pre-school-games-263497081.html

Muscle Mover Monday…..Uppercase D

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.

Say this when writing uppercase D:

1-Zip Down

2-Hope to the Top

3-Buzz Around

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Dig like a Dog.

 

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Teacher Tuesday….Tis the Season

Everywhere we go we see the sights of the merriest time of the year.  Last week we talked about ways to count down those special events and even the “big” day.  What about the kids writing the sacred lists to Santa?  Writing these lists to the Jolly ‘Ol Man is a great time to practice handwriting without it making it seem like “work.”  Depending on the age of your child you can let them free write the list, or use the practice pages in the back of the Fundanoodle I Can Write workbooks to give line and spatial definition.  (Just be sure this activity stays FUN and doesn’t become a chore for you child or student.)

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The above list could be made neater by using the Fundanoodle practice page.

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Zulily Event

Fundanoodle is excited to once again be apart of a Zulily event.  It starts today, Tuesday, November 26th and ends on Friday, November 29th.  Quick!  Get your Fundanoodle products while they last!

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This event will feature our award winning I Can Build Uppercase Letters, Uppercase Muscle Movers (yes, the same cards we feature on Muscle Mover Monday!) and the I Can Build Lowercase Letters!

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Fundanoodle by Carolina Pad Muscle Movers Uppercase cards

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