With little ones always on the move, I always have my eye open for ways to engage their hands and their minds. Fundanoodle is a company that focuses on educational readiness in Pre-K – first grade children using fun, hands on activities. Muscle Movers – Lower Case Letter Cards seemed to be a simple, fun activity to add to our day that I could use with my little ones.
Tell me about these Muscle Mover – Lower Case Letter Cards
The Muscle Mover – Lower Case Letter Cards pack include 26 colorful, sturdy, laminated letter cards, an “o” ring to keep the cards together and a dry erase marker. As soon as your Muscle Mover cards arrive, you can open and go with your young learners.
On one side of each card is a lower case letter. Your child uses this side to practice writing each letter. The cards are laminated for use with the dry erase marker and erase very well.
The second side of the card contains a bright, colorful picture and then a “muscle moving” command such as: “slide like an alligator”, “scamper like a mouse” or “rock like a turtle”.
The double sided cards provide opportunity for lots of moving and squirming around and for building fine motor skills. A perfect combination for your young learners.
How Did We Use Muscle Movers?
We added these to our day very informally. While you could use these cards along with teaching your child to read or teaching the sounds of letters, I decided to use them for independent time and for those days when some jumping and rolling around was needed.
I used the action side of the cards with all those who were interested in playing. A couple of my older ones helped out and joined in the fun. The cards are really great for those days when the younger ones need a few minutes to let out some energy in the midst of big kid math or for rainy days.
My five year old, Sarah, was the main one to use the writing side of the cards. Since the cards were designed for 5-6 year olds, they suited her well. At times Sam, 3, would want to “write” but it never lasted more than a letter.
The lamination of the cards does provide some versatility. You could have your child “finger write” the letters. Another option is to give your child a bit of playdough and let them use the cards as playdough letter mats. This works really well for those children who need to strengthen the muscles used in fine motor activities. Using pipe cleaners or yarn to form the letters on the muscle mover cards would work well for children who have sensory issues and don’t like the texture of playdough.
Grab a bag, toss in the Muscle Mover – Lower Case Letter Cards along with a dry erase marker and some pipe cleaners and you have a great learning-to-go bag!
This is a well made, durable product that will hold up to much use. I have had three children dragging these cards all over the house for weeks and the cards show no wear.. However, we play “muscle moving” games frequently so this was not a new concept for us. We have many activities that provide letter writing opportunities. For us, it would not be an investment to make. However, it is not an unreasonable price. The cards will last and be enjoyed. If you have young learners in your home, it might be just the item you need.
Muscle Movers – Lower Case Letter Cards – $14.99
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