NumbersAlive! Discovery Pack voted Top Learning Tool for Kids with ADHD

May 10th, 2017


The Best Toys for Children with ADD/ADHD

10 Experts Share Their Advice & Recommendations

Chaos and toys in an ADHD playroom

We all have trouble focusing at times, some more so than others. Those of us with ADD/ADHD children know the true meaning of “focus issues.” In our journey to find some natural solutions to attention deficit, we’ve run into all sorts of “advice.” There are “best gadgets” to promote focusing, all-natural techniques, and natural remedies.

Specifically, during our search for toys, we realized that most articles were simply compiling lists of toys that seemed like they would be good for children with ADD/ADHD. Are they really? Is the fidget toy craze just a fad? Is there science, research, or experience to back up any of these claims?

So, we talked with 10 ADD/ADHD and toy experts to share their advice and their best toy recommendations for ADHD children.

How To Choose Toys For Kids With ADD/ADHD

Here’s what Julianne Miller, a special educational needs consultant from the UK, told us about choosing an engaging toy.

Children with ADHD are known as ‘stim-seekers’; they seek high stimulation engagement, which is why video games have always been a favorite. For a parent who is looking to diversify, a toy needs to be stimulating – and by this, I mean that the toy stimulates the senses.


ADHD kid running around with toysFor a child with hyperactivity as part of an attention deficit, look to sensory toys. Sensory toys have a greater-than-average response to impact – being hit, pulled, bit, punched will yield a big response.

For a child with attention issues that are internalized, any imaginary play set will enable the child to have a rich imaginative experience. It is important to remember that ADD and ADHD are both attention difficulties but have different needs.

Engaging Their Interest

“Children with ADHD abhor boredom,” said Terry Matlen, MSW, “So toys geared towards them need to engage their interest, curiosity, and creativity, while helping with offering an outlet for their hyperactivity.”

Hello Numbers Discovery Pack

In response to parent and teacher request for foundational math learning tools, I developed the Hello Numbers Discovery Pack. Numbers are presented as fun and friendly characters.

The pack includes a set of small numbers (4.5” each, embroidered with count dots on the back and magnets in their “heads” to construct multi-digit numbers in a line), Hello Numbers book with a decoder and stickers, free Hello Numbers tablet app, and original songs sung by each number 0-9. The decoder of the book works on the app.

It all comes bundled in a backpack suitable for a young child to carry.

The combined Hello Numbers Discovery Pack has been named the Best Pre-School Numerical Literacy program by Jo Booth of Teachers with Apps, received a top Brain Award, and received a rare 5-star rating from the Educational App Store (UK).

Klemm says that, “Many kindergartens use the product now and we are beginning to reach out to pre-schools. We have shipped from our own site to parents all over the globe. We have received many responses that their children (boys and girls), as well as parents of autistic children, children with ADHD, ‘gifted’ children, and children with other special needs that their children ‘love the numbers and associated activities and products.'”

To see the other products voted as best ADHD learning tools, check out the Homeschool Base website:

What is Pi?

What is Pi?

Hey there kids, my name is Pi








I’m the irrational, never-ending number guy

You might see me written as 3.14

But, in fact, I’m really so much more

I’m the ratio of a circle’s circumference to diameter

But, please don’t define me just by that parameter

No matter the size of your circled design

I’m always the same number, you’ll find

But what IS that number?

Well, that’s hard to say

Because it goes on forever!

You’d write more every day!

I have so many digits after 3.14

You could write on for years and still get many more

You could write 3.141592653589793238

But, you’d still have more to calculate!

So, think of me more as a circular friend

Whose friendship really has no end.


Pi in the Sky

Pi day is coming and I am excited. Math is rarely assigned its own holidays, so the idea of spending an entire 24 hours hailing the art and mystery of pi is certainly cause for celebration.

Yes, on March 14, which is pi rounded to the three first digits – 3.14, millions of little boys and girls will demonstrate their mathematical prowess by loudly proclaiming memorized speeches of pi calculations to the umpteenth digit. As in 3.14159265358979…etc, etc.

But are number recitals the best way to celebrate what pi is all about? Is the discussion of digits doing it justice?

Just what is so great about pi, anyway?

Take a Slice of Pi

Pi is defined as the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter, no matter the circle’s size. It’s an easy concept to comprehend and observe – measurable with a piece of string – but a difficult one to calculate. In fact, it’s a never-ending irrational number – which means its exact value is pretty much unknowable. Although you could spend years of your life continuing to calculate pi to the next digit, you’d expire before discerning a pattern or an end. It goes on forever.

As such, there is a romantic relationship between pi and the infinite, although ancient mathematicians found the concept of irrational numbers an affront to the idea of divine omniscience. How could something be inherently unknowable – even to the almighty?

The Nature of Pi

Pi is logically tied to circles, but also relates to the cycles of nature. Pi appears as part of the Fourier series in mathematics, which represents periodic and wave-like oscillating functions. It’s the foundation of the physics that describes waves and ripples of light and sound.

Pi is also linked to the meandering ratio of a river, or the ratio of a river’s length to its source. Although that number varies depending on the direction and curves of a river, the average meandering ratio comes close to pi.

Pi was an essential element of NASA spacecraft trajectory calculations, as evidenced by the recent movie, “Hidden Figures.” Without it, perhaps John Glenn’s miraculous orbit would have fallen short of its objective.

It can also be found in Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, which examines the characteristics of sub-atomic particles, thus revealing pi’s importance in understanding the very nature of the universe.

Can you understand why pi is such a fascinating concept and worthy of so much more than digital regurgitation? Let’s think of new ways to celebrate it – what do you think?

Visit the shop to purchase my plush “Pi” figure for children and other pi products!

Watch my videos to learn more about pi!

What Are Roman Numerals?

Hey there kids – it’s number 2!

number2Have I got an interesting topic for you!

You’ve met numbers 1 through 9
Let’s learn about different ones this time!

Roman numerals are good to know
They were used to express value a long time ago

Instead of writing 1,2, 3
Try the Roman way with I, II, III – see?

Roman numerals are used today
On some clocks, in books and plays

But what’s so cool about when you use ‘em
Is how hard it is to really confuse ‘em

Let’s take a Roman numeral tour
And learn to write 1, 2, 3, and 4

I, II, III are easy to see
But, 4 is IV– how can that be?

Because 4 is one less than 5, we show
IV which is “I” less than 5 or “V,” Oh!

Roman numerals use “I” after or before
To show one less or even one more

VI is 6 and VII is 7, then
VIII is8, IX is 9 -one less than “X” (or 10!)

Roman numerals are a great way to learn
A new way of viewing numbers – now it’s your turn!

Talk to your teacher or mom or dad,
About using Roman numerals to subtract or add.


Can You Count the Continents?

Hi there kids, number 7 here!
I’ve traveled back from far to near

Around the world through land and seaseven
Each country, an interesting place to be

And because I know you love to count
I’ll ask if you know the continent amount

A continent’s a piece of land
From outer space, each one looks grand

They cover the earth and fill each big gap
I’m sure you’ve seen them on a map

Do you know how many there might be?
If you’re not sure, count them all with me!

Africa, Asia, Australia, North America,
Antarctica, Europe, South America

That makes seven – can you see why
People call me the Continent Guy?


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