Play with Numbers Printable Pack & Giveaway

This post is sponsored by KneeBouncers, who believe in playing with purpose! Visit KneeBouncers.com for a multitude of fun games that will help your child get ready for preschool and be sure to try their new Great Play with Purpose iPad App! 45 funtabulous games that support preschool readiness and learning. Available NOW on iTunes and coming soon for Android. All opinions expressed in this article are my own.

Play with Numbers Printable Pack

We were given the full version of KneeBouncers Play with Purpose iPad app and got to explore the entire content.  The app is FREE and comes with 5 free games, and there are in app purchase options {which you can turn off if desired} to have all of the content.

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I honestly wasn’t sure what Ladybug would think of the app.  We have a LOT of apps, and she is super picky nowadays.  She really enjoys her “school” apps, I just wasn’t sure if this one would make the cut for her.  Immediately she recognized the design, as we have the KneeBouncers Volume 1 {we bought it years ago}.  She began scrolling through the games and I ended up having to peel her way.  She really enjoyed this app and the educational quality was great.

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I was asked to develop an activity that was inspired by the Play with Numbers section in the app, so of course I thought a printable pack would be awesome!

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Ladybug’s favorite mini game was the Puppy Race, so I made a roll and graph game featuring the puppies!

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To say she loved the roll and graph game would be a total understatement.  She saw it in a box on my desk one night {before I had planned to show her} and went nuts and begged to play!  I couldn’t resist so we had a bedtime game of Puppy Racers together!

We play our Roll and Graph games differently each time, you can see other variations here. This night she asked for stickers to mark her graph. 

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The blue puppy won!

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But, she wasn’t done yet, she was having so much fun she asked to fill in the entire graph!

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Such a simple and easy to prepare activity, with so many valuable extensions for developing early math skills. Many of these same skills are developed while using the Kneebouncers App also!

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I couldn’t stop there, so I also worked with KneeBouncers to develop a number maze, and also some number cards to play various games with!

Here you see her putting the cards in order.  We continued by matching the 2nd set of numbers too!Kneeboucners Play with Numbers -9090

Lots of math talk going on as she made the realization that both 3 and 13 had the number 3 in them, and so on!  It was a big light bulb moment for her!Kneeboucners Play with Numbers -9094

There are 2 sets of 1-20 cards, you can use them to work on matching, numerical order, number ID, or play memory!  There are so many variations with just a simple set of printable numbers with adorable designs kids love!

We didn’t get a chance to work on the number maze yet, it’s a bit more challenging as it contains all numbers and you have to follow the correct order to get through the maze.

Number Maze

Download the  KneeBouncers Play with Numbers Printable Pack here!

Play with Numbers Printable Pack


I am excited to be giving away a $15 virtual iTunes Gift Card to allow you to purchase the complete KneeBouncers Play with Purpose iPad app! Use Rafflecopter to enter below, giveaway is open to US residents only and remember the app is only for iPad right now {Android version is coming soon}. Giveaway ends 10/7/13. a Rafflecopter giveaway



Blessed with Boundless Energy

Help for the Energetic Child

Almost since his birth, we have noticed that our sweet Krash was a bit on the HIGH energy side of life.  Now at age 7, we have more than confirmed that his daily energy output is much more than the average child and literally exhausts adults around him! We choose to look at his massive energizer bunny state as a wonderful gift from God.  If you ask him about it, he will tell you his abundant energy is a gift, not a problem.  It is our job as his parents to help him channel this energy positively and teach him how to have self control when he needs to put his high activity level away.

Homeschooling can certainly be a challenge for me, and I am constantly trying new things to help our day run more smoothly. I learned early on that doing things the old fashioned way would never work with him, so we’ve always homeschooled a bit on the livelier end with him.  Now, in 2nd grade, the subjects get a bit longer and the seat work required is a bit more.  I am attacking the challenge head on and doing my best to adapt our environment to meet his needs, while also challenging him to learn self control and the ability to tone down the energy at specific times.  We call it, “putting the energy in your pocket for now.”  We never want him to think his energy is a nuisance, a problem, something that makes him a bad kid, or anything negative.  We firmly believe God will use his boundless energy for great work in the Kingdom one day! We are thrilled that he was blessed with this gift, even if it does challenge us at times!

Many of the ideas I have in this post have come from lots of research I have done browsing around on OT {occupational therapy} sites.  Krash isn’t diagnosed with anything, but I am always looking for ways to engage his energy seeking body. I am a student of my child and constantly reading, growing, and learning all about how to meet his needs

Adapting Homeschool for an Active Child

Here are some of the things we are doing during the school day {and all of the time} to help him channel this energy.  Specifically, I have him do some highly energetic movement and some relaxing focused balance type work right before we begin any seat work.  We have been going in this order and it has helped a lot.

You can follow me on Instagram to see many of the things he is doing, sometimes I show little videos of him.  Here are a few if you haven’t seen them:..

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Energetic Work

  • Jumping on the mini trampoline, often crashing into our huge beanbag {ahhprods.com}
  • Jumping Rope
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Cartwheels, Round-Offs
  • Running up and down the stairs a few times
  • Play outside if weather and time permits

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Focused, Calming, Balance Work

  • Handstands, Headstands
  • Using the balance ball for balance in many ways
  • Lying on the floor for a balance or medicine ball “massage” from mom {basically I roll the ball over his back and arms to help relax and calm him}

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Help While Working at the Table

    Obviously seat work is required for a 2nd grader, as much as he wishes it wasn’t! We have high expectations for him as he learns that there is a time to wiggle and a time to control the impulse to wiggle. We do provide him with some resources to try to help him, since even as an adult I struggle with the wiggles!   We have found the Balance Board to be the best solution, with the Balance Disk coming in a close second.

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We have tried sitting on the balance ball but it didn’t work for him, for now he is on a simple stool, but I’d love to find a better seating solution that is affordable. For now this has to work.

In the photo below he has the disk up on a stool but we had to remove that since our stool wasn’t sturdy enough and kept flipping {translated ~ driving mommy nuts}.  Placing it on the floor {as shown above with the board} is working better because it forces him to sit closer to the edge of his stool which helps with the rocking back and forth on the stool {also drives me nuts}. He prefers the board {above} over the disk {below} right now.

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Sometimes he uses a hand fidget {the purple spikey ball shown below}, but often for him they become a source of trouble.  It varies from day to day whether it is a distraction or a help.  For some kids it is a BIG help, it’s worth a try! You can also see the hands on math work he is doing, I bring as MUCH as possible for him to do with his hands.  Here’s a simple blog post explaining what a fidget is if you’ve never heard of them.

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The specific tools we have are listed below and throughout the post.  We have acquired them over the years and have been adding to our collection as we are able to.  Some of these are pricey, so I am putting them in the order we are using them most.


Putting Krash in gymnastics was one of the best decisions we ever gymnastics meet-1416made, he is now on a competitive team and is thriving in so many ways.  It has given him focus, determination, and helped his self esteem tremendously. If you have a child with boundless energy, I definitely think trying gymnastics is a great idea if you can afford it! It has been way more than just a sport for him, we are so grateful.

We love our little energizer bunny and are so grateful for the journey we are on with him.  Children blessed with boundless energy are unique and wonderful, I feel it is our job as parents to help them see themselves this way.  Often the world will look at them as being a problem, even close friends and family members will often see them this way. Our positive attitude towards our child’s energy can help them feel more confident in who God made them to be!


Do you have a child blessed with boundless energy? 

What are some ways you are helping your child?



Tot School Gathering Place ~ week 37

Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

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Pool Noodles in the baby pool, from Frogs n Kisses!

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Wildflower Ramblings shares TONS of awesome ideas for Letter P!

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One Pinterest Addict shares some great ideas, but my favorite is this simple one!  Put the tot in a box with crayons!

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Teach Them Diligently 2014 Conventions ~ Early Bird Pricing & a Giveaway

You may have already seen on my Facebook page, but in case you missed it I wanted to share some news with you! Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Teach Them Diligently Conventions and I have been asked to speak!  I will be speaking in Nashville, Spartanburg, and Washington DC.  The focus of my sessions will be early childhood, and I am honored and excited!  My great friend Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations was asked to speak too, so we will both be there!

This is the time to grab your convention pass if you are certain you are going, the lowest price of the year is available to Teach Them Diligently newsletter subscribers only through 9/17/13.  This gets you $10 off of the early bird pricing! Subscribe to their newsletter to get the discount code!

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There’s also a big giveaway going on to celebrate the launch!

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One winner will win both of my Raising Rock Stars programs {Preschool & Kindergarten}, and there are other prizes from other speakers!  Go enter to win here on their blog!

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My Homeschool Class 2013-2014

Homeschool Interviews 2013

We began our new homeschool year on August 12, and are enjoying our new year with a Preschooler, 2nd Grader, and 6th Grader. Bigger yes, but always my little rock stars!

We do interviews every year now, here’s 2011/12, and 2012/13. I am so glad I started this, and have actually remembered to do it for 3 years now!

Want to read their interviews?  Here’s the PDF version for you.

Sorry I don’t have a template to share, but feel free to copy any of the ideas on mine!

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I love my tiny little class of 3.

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What I love most is how close they are.  Not perfect siblings by any means, but the love is there in a big way. I love that they spend their days with me and together.

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The dog is super happy they are homeschooled too.  Much more loving for her!

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