I found these balls!
My initial reaction was that they were cute, so I got a few different colors for my prize box. The next morning, I went into my best friend's classroom to say good morning, and she was watching a movie on the SMART Board while packing up and getting ready to move classrooms. I showed her my prize box finds, and had the notion to throw the puffy mine ball at the SMART Board.
And it worked!!
Now let me back up a little bit...
I've had a SMART Board, or some type of interactive whiteboard, for the past 4 years. And in all that time, I've never been able to find the right kind of ball, with the right kind of material, to use with the SMART Board. I've made "Koosh Ball" games, and other activities, where it would be so fun to throw a koosh ball, or something of the sort, at the board, instead of just tapping or poking with a pointer. And the games have never really worked. Until NOW :)
I just finished working on a SMART Notebook document that's a "Meet Mrs. Alexander" game/activity that I'm going to use at Meet the Teacher in August.
Here it is: Meet Mrs. Alexander "Koosh Ball" Game
I'm sure there's other who've heard of the koosh ball games, and have probably even had the right ball for a long time. I feel a little behind, but I'm just SOO excited that I've finally found the perfect one! I suggest you go get some of your own asap at Target! :)