1Where did the name “Fundanoodle” come from?
The name “Fundanoodle” incorporates three concepts that form the basis of the program: it’s fun, it teaches fundamental skills, but, most importantly, kids are using their noodle!
2Why is it important that Fundanoodle was developed with occupational therapists?
The practice of occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals learn the tasks of daily living. In working with children, occupational therapists concentrate on helping youngsters develop gross and fine motor skills, coordination, balance, muscle tone and eye-hand coordination, along with the ability to focus on and organize specific tasks. Developing these types of skills and abilities is essential for a child to be successful, not only in school, but also in life
3What are the key features and benefits of the Fundanoodle Products?
Promotes correct top to bottom formation of strokes.
Uses fun action terms such as “zip across” and “hop to the top” to teach children
Encourages touch and visual exploration.
Promotes problem solving, discovery and self-esteem.
Encourages self-expression and creativity.
Challenges and rewards kids with a sticker-based reward system, keeping Little Learners eager.
Gives parents tips for helping kids develop proper posture, paper stabilization, and pencil grasp
Helps with fine and gross motor coordination.
Improves strength, control, and endurance with writing tools.
Blended teacher tool kit for differentiated learning and RTI (Response to Intervention)
Common Core aligned
4Does Fundanoodle have benefits beyond educational readiness?
Fundanoodle places an emphasis on the foundational skills that impact nearly every aspect of life. The benefits of Fundanoodle are broad based and lifelong because they enhance the skills and abilities used in everyday living.
5What are fine motor skills and why are they so important?
Fine motor skills allow you to eat, draw, button your shirt, tie your shoes, type, play the piano and many other everyday activities that use the small muscles in your hands and wrist. We use these muscles to guide a pen or pencil when forming letters and numbers. Little Learners need lots of practice with these activities and exercises that allow them to develop good fine motor skills.
6Do I need to purchase every Fundanoodle product to see results?
Fundanoodle does offer recommendations based on an age level. But, the products are designed to work with Little Learners with different strengths, abilities and weaknesses. As a parent, teacher or caregiver, you are the best judge of your child’s skill level.
7What are gross motor skills and why are they so important?
Gross motor skills are the physical skills that require balance, coordination, body awareness, spatial awareness and muscle coordination. These are skills we use to sit, walk, run, jump and perform other activities that use the larger muscle groups (arms, shoulders, legs). Poor gross motor skills could interfere with a child’s ability to perform basic activities like sitting upright in class, writing on a blackboard and riding a bike. A child with poor gross motor skills may lack the confidence to explore new activities.
8How long each day should my Little Learner engage with Fundanoodle products?
No more than 20 to 30 minutes a day. 20 minutes of hands-on, active preparation with manipulatives like “I Can Pound!” or the letter builder magnets. Then 10 minutes of writing practice with any of the activity books. Little Learners need to practice, but they also need to be interested and focused in order to see results. And Fundanoodle was meant to be fun!
9What are some ways I can increase fine motor skills outside of the Fundanoodle products?
One of the best ways to increase fine motor skills is to reduce anytime your children spend using touchscreen technology or screen time and increasing the amount of time spent in active play! Another is to avoid the traps of our culture of convenience. For example, instead of purchasing squeezable apple sauce or yogurt, serve these items to your child in a bowl with a spoon so that they can work on the wrist strength and hand control.
Your home already has a variety of tools that can help! In the kitchen, let your child play with tongs – simple games picking up small items with tongs (e.g. cotton balls, grapes) and moving them from one bowl to another. In the bathtub, let your use a small measuring up to fill up a large plastic bowl of water.
Draw a lot – with crayons inside and chalk outside. Use stickers, scissors or rip paper and paste with a glue stick. There are a wealth of ideas on Pinterest – make sure to check out our boards.
Hosting a Fundanoodle Playdate is a great way to learn more. Your Fundanoodle Ambassador will lead Little Learners in an activity that you can easily replicate at home, as well as provide more real-life examples.
10Why do you distribute your products through Fundanoodle Ambassadors instead of in a retail store?
Unfortunately, with the increase in technology use and educational app development, retail stores are drastically decreasing the amount of shelf-space devoted to educational products. We have found that we have greater success getting Fundanoodle products into more hands when parents and caregivers have an opportunity to test the product before purchasing. Also, we receive messages daily from passionate parents, teachers and caregivers who have seen marked success in their Little Learners by the use of Fundanoodle products. The Ambassador Program was a natural development to allow those successful users an opportunity to share their passion with others in a hands-on, personal environment.