Thursday, December 4, 2014

Unique Children's Gift Idea-- TheO Smartball Review & Giveaway

TheO SmartBall – Learning Made Easy and Fun!
For kids pre-school to 5th grade – a parent’s dream!

"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 have fun physically."

Using the TheO SmartBall is super easy-- you just download the kids learning apps you want by Physical Apps onto your phone and then you stick your phone securely inside the foam ball (there's a tutorial on their website to show you how) and start playing!

I was a little nervous about fitting my Moto X inside the ball because it was a REALLY tight fit and I didnt want to bend or break my phone in the process of it all but once I got the hang of it, it got easier and less nerve-wracking to place it in the ball. My biggest disappointment with the TheO SmartBall was I really wanted the bowling app but it was only available in the apple store, not google play. On top of that, some of their apps are kinda on the expensive side (they also offer 8 free ones).

With that being said, my almost 3 year old loves the free apps and she even plays them outside of the TheO SmartBall. Her favorite is called "Animals" and each time you shake the ball (or the phone) it shows you a new animal, tells you the name, and tells you the sound they make. When the phone is inside the ball, you really have to shake it to get it to work (that's the active part of the game) but its hard for Z to shake it that hard. When she uses the app outside of the ball, she has no problems getting it to work but when the phone is inside the ball, its a little harder for her to shake so we have her roll it instead.

Btw, its super hard to take pictures of this when your 3 year old wants to play with it... haha
I cant wait to see what other apps come out for the TheO SmartBall (hopefully bowling will come to the Google Play Store soon too) and if they change up the color scheme! The color it comes in would probably be my last choice and I think the TheO SmartBall would look so much more physically appealing in pink or green.

Overall, the TheO SmartBall is definitely a really unique toy and a great way to try and get your child to be more active. If you're looking for a different type of present for a Christmas or birthday present, this is a great idea. I do want to mention that the TheO SmartBall is NOT meant for bigger phones although I heard from someone that they are making a TheO SmartBall for bigger phones soon so be on the lookout for that!

Still not sold on it? Check out the video below!

For more information or to buy your own TheO SmartBall, check out! You can also connect with Physical Apps on Facebook and Twitter!

One I'm No Domestic Goddess is going to win a TheO Smartball of their own (RV $39.95) below. This giveaway is open to the US only.

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  1. I learned that theO SmartBall is one of the few educational toys that address all three types of learners – auditory, visual and kinesthetic and is a great tool for children with special needs.

  2. As a teacher, this is such a cool giveaway! Reaches all kinds of learners!

  3. I learned it would be great for my special needs grandson.

  4. How unique...I love that the kids will be learning while playing. The best of both worlds.

  5. I learned that TheO™ SmartBall is a safeway to let children “play” with phone while actively learning their numbers, letters, shapes and sounds! Awesome!
    Thank You for the chance

    Fiona N

  6. TheO SmartBall has been featured in Good Housekeeping, USA today and PC World.


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