For many kids, playing with an iphone or other smart device is common place. From waiting at a doctor's office to just sitting on the couch, these electronic devices are a constant in our daily lives. While these devices can offer some good aspects (educational games, portability, etc.), the overuse can lead to a sedentary lifestyle. TheO SmartBall combines the fun of the electronic device with some physical activity.
TheO SmartBall makes learning an active experience. Recommended for kids pre-school age to fifth grade, it combines physical activity with engaging app learning. The concept is that kids will retain more of what they learn when they are active. The combination of mental and physical activity makes for a well rounded child.
Parents may wonder if it is safe to use the TheO SmartBall with a smart device. TheO SmartBall is made from soft foam. It encases the electronic device and protects it while being used. Care should be employed while playing (don't throw it with extreme force, common sense should prevail). Kids can toss, roll or shake the ball while using the learning apps. The idea is to get the kids off the couch and engage their minds and bodies.
A few suggestions when using TheO SmartBall. I would have a parent around when using the device to make sure that kids handle the ball properly. The apps tend to be best for younger aged children. A few apps are free, otherwise there is a minimal charge.
Personally, I think that TheO SmartBall would be perfect for a child who fights learning apps or educational endeavors. This device makes the learning into a physical game. The kids forget that they are learning and they focus on having fun. It makes the time less stressful for parents.
TheO SmartBall retails for $39.95.
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