Sunday, November 30, 2014

Get Your Kids Moving with TheO SmartBall

Some times getting your child motivated and wanting to learn can be quite the challenge.  That’s where TheO SmartBall by Physical Apps comes in.  TheO SmartBall is soft foam ball that uses revolutionary technology and your smart device to entertain and educate your kids simultaneously

At first I was a bit skeptical about the safety of my phone while being thrown around inside of a ball.  But if inserted correctly, your phone is secure and you have nothing to worry about.   Players can safely roll, toss, shake, and bounce the ball, with the smart device protected safely and securely inside, allowing for a variety of movement-based games.

What I Like

Great Classroom Tool
What a great addition to the classroom?!  My suggestion to educators: Fun Friday’s with TheO SmartBall - A special way to reward students.

Anti-Couch Potato
This product not only keeps kids engaged but it gets them moving!!

Nice Selection
Although a little on the pricey side the paid apps offered are both educational and great for early learning. Physical Apps currently offers 12 free Apps.

FFF: Fantastic Family Fun
I love that there are games that the whole family can enjoy making for a fun family game night.

Perfect for all ages
The kids learning apps for TheO are designed for ages 4 and up however I found some of the apps to be a bit juvenile for that age range.  I think it is safe to say that some apps are appropriate for 2 year olds.

What I Don't Like

Downloading iTunes
Although some apps are offered on Google Play, it is still necessary to download iTunes to have access to all games.  Since I am not too fond of Apple, I did not like that you are required to download and purchase Physical Apps via iTunes.  If possible it would be nice to have them all for purchase in either store.

Phone Compatibility
Some of the games are only compatible with iPhones or the iTouch,which is a total bummer for those of us with Androids.  


I would recommend this for any home or classroom.  I love that Physical Apps offers free lesson plans that help you best utilize their apps. It is definitely teacher, parent, and kid approved. The games will keep your kids busy and having fun while secretly educating.  My daughter (age 4) and my nephew (age 6) really enjoyed playing with the TheO SmartBall.  I make sure to keep it handy whenever my nephew comes to stay the night.  

Their favorites include:

Discover Homes

Discover Objects in a Home is perfect for pre-K, kindergarten, and special education students of all ages.  Designed for use with TheO SmartBall, this app introduces and helps students learn about things in a home, using photos and audio.    

Math Flash
The Math Flash app is an engaging and effective way to help students learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The perfect way to combine physical activity and math, TheO SmartBall uniquely engages auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners simultaneously with activity-integrated learning!

  Pop Fun

Sing four of your favorite songs while dancing to the beat! Get moving when you shake the ball while seated or standing to make the music happen, including everyone’s favorite Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Twinkle Twinkle can be personalized with your child’s name.


The Animals app is a fun and physical way to engage pre-school children with pictures and sounds of their favorite animals. Roll or shake the ball to see a vibrant picture of a new animal and hear the sounds it makes. For older kids, the name of the animal is printed on the screen helping them learn how to spell its name. Animals can be personalized with your child’s name.

Apps for TheO™ are available on the iTunes and Google Play store. TheO™ Ball retails for $39.95.

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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