Fine Motor Skills with Fundanoodle
Fundanoodle is an educational resource geared toward children ages 3-7, that helps children develop and improve their motor skills. We stumbled upon these toys over the summer and fell head over heels in love with them. Both AJ and Isabella are completely obsessed, so let me show you how we are using them in our daily lives including our home-school.
We will be focusing on my son Anthony aka AJ in this post and how we incorporate Fundanoodle in our home-school with him. AJ is 3 years old and is currently learning on a toddler school/preschool level. We don’t really have a strict homeschooling schedule for him but we do currently enjoy exploring with Fundanoodle each day.
We chose to focus on the uppercase Alphabet with these little lessons to work on some fine motor skill development. AJ is obsessed with the alphabet and we are trying to teach him how to write his letters, but you can do this routine with shapes, numbers etc.
It is a good idea to print on card stock, as it will be more sturdy to go through the whole lesson.
Pom Pom placement helps develop fine motor skills
Pom Poms are those little fluffy balls you see at craft stores. They are a wonderful tool for practicing fine motor skills. The first thing we did in our lesson took tweezers and some craft pom poms and practice grasping them and placing them in the spots on the letter. This activity helps with finger strength and pincer grasp, eye-hand coordination.
Dot painting helps develop fine motor skills
The next part of the fine motor skill lesson explores color recognition. Dot painting is a fun and fairly neat way to get creative in your fine motor skill lesson and add a little color recognition in the mix. AJ absolutely loves dot paint, beware that although this is washable (after bath usually) to use like regular paint, smocks or old clothing, and a covered surface. This activity helps with strengthened grasp and manual control.
Pounding helps develop fine motor skills
The next part of our lesson utilized Fundanoodle’s I Can Pound Kit. This kit is amazing, we used our own printouts. I love this kit so much and AJ is completely obsessed. The Foam Board is a dense board that can be used on practically any surface and is specially designed to withstand extensive use while maintaining the appropriate resistance. The hammer is top heavy, specifically designed to improve hand-strength by forcing a strong grip. The 50 colored pegs are perfect to expand on color recognition and learning sequencing and patterns while developing motor skills (again working on the pincer grip). This activity helps improve hand stability, paper stabilization, and eye-hand coordination.
Cutting helps develop fine motor skills
Removing the pins from the I Can Pound Kit is also really great for fine motor development, as they have to work for their hands in certain movements to get them out. Once AJ removed all the pins from his letter, we decided to cut it out. I bought this Fundanoodle I Can Cut set but AJ is not quite ready for it so we used the scissors which are surprisingly fantastic. They are plastic scissors that actually cut paper but do not cut clothes, skin, or hair. You can let your kids work independently without worry, which I love. However, in this lesson, I was helping AJ cut out his letter. This activity helps with bilateral hand use, fine motor control, hand dexterity, motor planning, and finger strength.
Lacing helps develop fine motor skills
Once the A was all cut out, we used the holes that were made from the I Can Pound Activity and spare lacing string and laced the wholes of the letter (shoelaces from the dollar store are perfect for this). This activity helps with fine motor control and visual-motor.
AJ absolutely loved these activities, depending on your child’s interest and focus you can separate these activities and spread them throughout the week.