- Pinata has two activities, Burst and Party. During Burst, try to open the Pinata. Party gives you a minute to try to open as many as you can. Varying the movement is a plus.
- Numbers have been hands down favorite for the kids. More/Less gives the direction to raise or lower your arm/hand to a given number. We tried the variants of it running across the room with hands up or down, but it was too much of a demand for all the kids to process. This was definitely a game for circle or a learning station. Counting was a huge hit. From crouching as we counted down as a rocket ship, got bigger from watching a balloon burst with the number of breaths to fill it, or watching paint or bubbles splatter was loads of silly fun. The kids loved to predict how many breaths it took to burst the balloon and to blast off as the rocket ship.
- Sounds are fun as kids record their own sounds in order to activate their sound with the movement of the smart band. It is amazing to record a name and watch a child respond.
- Dance is another favorite, teaching both the ability to inhibit impulses in Freeze Dance and learning about directionality in Follow Along. Moving up, down, left and right is at first hard to follow, and it would be great to control the rate of transitions for better motor imitation.
Moff is a Bluetooth enabled wristband that when connected to a device (Android or iOS), creates a mighty call to action. It is wondrously active and fueled by imagination. It helps bridge the gap between ideation and execution that organically allows the development of praxis through the experience of listening to familiar sounds. It then gives a child the impetus for action. The movement of a student’s arm activates the device to play an auditory cue via the app that is totally at the moment (in other words – no movement, no sound). Want to be a ninja swordsman, a world-class tennis player, or maybe something different altogether like a puppy or kitten? This award winning smart band has it all, from playing instruments to being a superhero. It even allows for becoming part of a fireworks display and gives flight to possibilities and variance in play. It is through play kids can begin to create a visual sequence that extends itself to discovering new movement patterns and problem-solving abilities. And that is why it is an important tool for parents, teachers, and clinicians. When playing it’s hard to tell who is enjoying themselves more…the adults or kids. It is through play kids can begin to create a visual sequence that extends itself to discovering new movement patterns and problem-solving abilities. And that is why it is an important tool for parents, teachers, and clinicians. When playing it’s hard to tell who is enjoying themselves more…the adults or kids. Moff is continuing to update their sound library so there is something for everyone, and as a parent or teacher, if you do not want a sound from the selection panel on the app, it is easy as pie to customize the sounds you want to hear under the gated parental controls. Kids need brain breaks and movement to grow, learn, and be happy. Not only has every parent known this from the beginning of time; science is beginning to uncover the evidence that equates movement breaks with better retention. Why? Movement activates a just right state of being and is pleasurable. It gets the heart pumping and we begin to take big breaths that move nutrients and oxygen through our systems to help us stay calm, alert, and focused. It connects us to the phenomenal world through our senses and makes us feel grounded. And there in is the simple key. Without movement, there is no way to cool down and have a fresh view or start. By stretching our bodies we stretch our minds. With the original Moff app, using the bracelet is a must. Before play can commence, the band must be connected to a Bluetooth device on your iOS, Amazon, or Android tablet or phone. (We ran both the Moff app and PBS KIDS Party on a big screen TV, as well as on the iPhone and iPad with successful results on each.) Choose a sound, and get moving. Once connected, jump in to let the fun begin! One can work separately, as a team, or a group. Our classes and day care loved to try and guess what others were doing. We worked with props and without depending on the kid’s cognitive abilities for cause and effect. And holding a magic wand knows no end of entertainment when turning your teacher into a *gasp * toad. PBS KIDS Party is a new app that can be used with the smart bands or not, the smart bands, however, provide a temporal sense of cause and effect that reflects a definite beginning, middle, and end to an activity. The app is divided into 4 sections of activities.Jo Booth OTR/L has been an Occupational Therapist for over 35 years, and currently practices at EasterSeals of SEPA, Montgomery County Division mainly focusing in Early Intervention. It is an APS (Approved Private School) and home outreach based setting. She has also worked in Adolescent and Adult Rehabilitation. Writing reviews for Teachers With Apps has been a tremendous opportunity and experience to share and learn with others.