The Spooner is a unique board that allows you to sharpen your
skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing skills all in a 4x4-foot
space. However, if you don't participate in any of these sports,
this board is still a great way to strengthen the core, improve
balance and coordination, and increase flexibility. It's shaped
similar to a skateboard but with a little more curve to it, and
it is made of a very durable polypropylene and polyethylene which
makes it virtually indestructible. In fact, if you break it the
company will replace it.
My son was very excited to try this out. We started by playing
the DVD that comes with it, which includes a short instructional
section, games, a photo gallery, and a teacher's guide. Within
a few short minutes, he was able to learn a number of different
tricks and moves to do on the board.
My son's first instincts were to take it out on a grassy hill
thinking he would be able to skateboard down it. After much frustration,
he came back in the house very disappointed that it would not work.
I went out with him and tried, thinking he was doing something
wrong, and sure enough, it wouldn't budge. This is definitely something
that would work best on a tennis court, skateboard rink, or other
smoother surface. Other suggested uses are on sand or snow. Because
we haven't had any snow here yet, we haven't been able to test
it out that way, but I do think it would probably work very well.
While this board can't be used on water because it doesn't float,
it could increase surfing skills after using it on land.
The Spooner would definitely benefit those children who need to
strengthen their ankles or increase their balance. My daughter
has hyper mobility of the hips and ankles, and this board has been
great therapy for her. I think for children who love skateboarding,
snowboarding, or surfing, this product would give them hours of
fun perfecting their techniques. For the outdoor extreme sports
fan in your family, this is sure to be a hit. And because of its
durability, it will last a long time.
The Spooner Teacher's Guide is an extra that many schools or homeschool
families may find useful for physical education class. This guide
describes six education standards required by most states. For
homeschoolers who are required to keep documentation, this makes
it easy to record the standards covered when incorporating the
Spooner Board in their gym classes. Classroom management and safety
tips are explained to make sure the board is being used in the
An instruction page covering three steps used on the Spooner is
included. This is the same information covered on the DVD but makes
for a nice reference sheet. There are lots of activities and games
explained in this guide. Each of them has the educational standard
already listed for it. There's a nice mix of individual and group
activities included. There are even some rhythms used to teach
dance sequences. From this ample list of activities, you can see
there are many creative ways to use the Spooner.