What's a Fundana? A wonderful nature studies tool that we have discovered! Fundanas are games (either bingo or scavenger hunt style) printed on cotton bandanas designed to teach kids about the environment around them in a fun way. They are washable, easy to carry, reusable, and so much fun. We played with the Knee High to Senses Fundana today.
Each of the squares on the Fundana contains a fun activity related to the five senses. "find something smooth", "scratch and sniff a leaf", "smell a flower"...
"make a face like you just tasted something hot"...
...and more! When we completed an activity, we found wood chips or rocks to place on the squares. The activities were all fun, simple things that both of the girls (age 4 and 2) could do. The Fundanas come in either "Knee High"for kids age 3-6 or regular for kids age 7-adult. We also have the Winter Ecology Bingo Fundana and I don't think that it will be too hard for the girls to do even though its not a "Knee High" version. There are many different options to choose from - bugs, trees, birds, stars, beach, etc. I love that they fold up small so that we can take them along on trips to the beach, cottage, or elsewhere. They are also fairly inexpensive.
Our homeschool curriculum (My Father's World) encourages nature studies and we plan to use our Fundanas regularly to help us enjoy being outside and give us fun activities to do together. I haven't used our Winter Fundana yet obviously, but I'm thrilled to have something to help us study nature in the winter. It has kids searching for colors in nature, various plants, animal shelters, and just plain enjoying winter fun (make a snow sculpture, etc).
Caryl has this to say about her Fundanas: "I think getting kids out to understand and interact with nature is ESSENTIAL to becoming thoughtful, caring, responsible adults along with it being alot of fun..." I agree!
Imports Unlimited offers free shipping within the US to retail customers who order off of their website. They are also giving away a Fundana to one reader of my blog. To enter, visit their website and leave a comment on this post letting me know which Fundana you would choose. Please be sure to include your email address (or have email enabled on your blogger profile). The giveaway will remain open until September 15th at midnight. If you're interested in nature studies, stay tuned, I have a couple more posts coming up about the topic. Thanks for stopping by!
**Thanks for all of the interest. This giveaway is now closed. Random.org chose comment #10 and she has been contacted. If you are interested in purchasing a Fundana, check out this post for a great sale!**