ball1  Our son is 11 years old and although he does okay in school we noticed that he wasn’t doing very well with basic math skills.   He knows the answer but it just seems to take longer than it should for him to come up with it.  When I saw the TheO Smartball it seemed like a great way for him to have fun and brush up on his math skills at the same time.


We started by going to  the PHYSICAL APPS WEBSITE and downloading one of the apps they offer for the TheO Smartball.   They have different apps to choose from depending on the age and skills of the child but most of them seem to be geared towards preschoolers.  (And many of the free ones were only good for iphones, we have Samsung smartphones) We picked the Math Flash game and downloaded the app.   We selected multiplication since this is where we feel he has the most problems but we were a little disappointed that it only covered up to 12×12.   It should still be helpful to him though since it requires repetition but it would have been nice if it offered a more advanced level too.

I can see how this would be perfect for younger kids, especially preschoolers and early elementary.  There are several apps that would be great for teaching numbers, letters and colors and there is also a bowling app that I think smaller children would enjoy.  It does state on their website that there are more apps coming in September so we are looking forward to seeing what they add.  Hopefully they will add more for the older children.


We haven’t had this long enough yet to say for sure that it helped but it has definitely brought some fun back to learning and that counts for a lot!    Our son is almost too old for this since most of the apps are geared toward younger children but since he really just needs to brush up on the basics it is still useful for him.  I only wish this would have come out when he was younger because it would be great for children just starting school or even preschoolers to help them get a head start.

If you have a child that would be interested in the TheO Smartball you can visit  their PHYSICAL APPS WEBSITE here to learn more about the Smartball and the apps you can choose from.

Product Description
TheO SmartBall – For kids pre-school to 5th grade – a parent’s dream!

Active kids learn more and retain more of what they learn. With TheO SmartBall, kids learn while they play.

TheO SmartBall is a soft foam ball that uses revolutionary technology and your smart device to entertain and educate your kids. Our Apps offer a variety of games that get kids engaged mentally and having fun physically.

Download one of our entertaining and educational apps to your smart device, insert your device into TheO SmartBall (a tutorial on our website shows how), and then toss, roll, or shake the ball to make learning fun.


The sponsors at TheO Smartball were also kind enough to let me have a giveaway so one of my lucky fans will get a Smartball of their own!  (Smartphone NOT included of course)  You can enter by using the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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


  1. velma murphy says:

    that is cool it will learn the kids 🙂

  2. LAURA HARRIS says:

    I learned that this would be perfect for my grandkids! I just hope he doesn’t start throwing it at his sister! lol

  3. Stephanie Najar says:

    Wow….this is a great idea!

  4. This would be perfect for my son he is turning 4 and doesn’t like anything to do with learning. Yet… Jopefully he gets more into school stuff. And this looks like fun.

  5. Great way for Kids to get exercise .

  6. I learned that this toy combines technology with play which makes it fun for kids to learn!

  7. I love that you can download multople apps and this wpuld be amazing for my nephew!

  8. I like that they have fun while they learn

  9. I like that it combines technology with physical activity. There are lots of kids that really need this! To busy sitting inside playing games! Instead of getting up and being active! So I think this is the best of both worlds!

  10. I love that it’s fun and educational and will keep kids interested! And they have a variety of apps.

  11. Lisa Garrett Herring says:

    It helps kids learn. I like that.

  12. This would be great for all 3 of my boys. My youngest will start preK next year, my middle son just started kindergarten this year, and my oldest is in 2nd grade this year. They are all fans of electronics and this would get them active and allow them to have their time with the electronic devices.

    • bellahogue13 says:

      It would be perfect for your family! If you don’t win this one you should definitely keep it in mind for Christmas

  13. Pamela Kumfer says:

    Love how it is entertaining and helps with learning also that it looks like it also looks like it could be active too

    • bellahogue13 says:

      It’s really a great idea and I can see there being lots of benefits from using it, especially for younger children

  14. Kari Wagoner says:

    This would be perfect for my son who struggles in math

  15. Lacey Evans says:

    That it is good for all ages. They have different apps for each age and the kids can shake it around without breaking it, which is great for hyper boys and girls and the go. I can not believe I have never heard of this!

  16. Patricia Fountain says:

    I helps kids learn different types of things and keep them entertained which is great

  17. I don’t know if this will qualify but studies have shown studying for 15 minutes and then doing physical exertion can help people young or old retain knowledge better and help them build their mind power in general and they market items to help children with this!

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