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Need help selecting the right size? Watch Timberdoodle's video on ball sizing here.

Increased Attention Span

You have to decide if sitting still or academics is the goal. For some children, it is that cut and dried; if their body is still, so is their brain. We have found that it is far better to allow a bit of activity and get their brains operational. Sit'n'Gym balls have been used extensively in European kindergartens and classrooms for years. Teachers there have found that the gentle bouncing that ensues often leads to better behavior and improved focus and concentration. Sit'n'Gym's soothing body movements not only enhance blood circulation, increasing the child's attention span they also promote proper body alignment for better posture and improve balance and coordination. Burst-resistant, super-strong, latex-free vinyl is surface washable and features little peg feet that help just a skosh to keep the ball from rolling away. Assorted sizes mean that teens and adults can also enjoy improved concentration! Colors may vary. Just add air.

Selecting the correct size Sit N Gym is typically determined by a child's height, but that is somewhat arbitrary. What you are looking for is a 90-degree angle between your child's hips and knees. If, perchance, you happened to purchase a ball that is too large to give your child that 90-degree angle you can simply not inflate your ball as much. If your exercise ball is under-inflated, the ball will not be as firm, but your child will continue to benefit from the gentle bouncing and will gradually grow into a perfect fit.

Measuring Your Child
The fastest way to measure your child for the ball is the method used by Abel in the video above. Simply have your child stand on a hard surface and measure from the top of their knee to the floor. The resulting number is their optimal ball size. All kids are built differently, and it is very likely that they won't perfectly fit a ball. In this case simply buy the ball that is a size too big for them, and only inflate it to their size. For instance, Caleb measured about 15", yet the balls only come in 14", 18", 22", and 26" sizes. Rather than putting him on a too small 14" ball, Abel matched him with the 18" ball, but deflated it a few inches to compensate. This is not only more comfortable for Caleb now, but it also offers him something he can grow into; making it a much better value.

As always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Watch Timberdoodle's Video on Ball Sizing

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Average Customer Review: 2 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Did not last through the school year May 31, 2012
Reviewer: WI Mom to four  
We purchased two Sit 'n' Gyms and a Peanut Ball at the start of the school year. My boys, aged 8 and 10, loved them. They got a lot of use in our carpeted living room. After just a few short months I found that a crack developed in the crease near one of the feet. The ball is no longer usable and would be difficult to repair in that location. This was especially disappointing as we made sure to take really good care of them because they were an expensive "extra" in our homeschool budget.

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
One thought . . . February 27, 2012
Reviewer: Annalea Eastley from Sandpoint, ID United States  
I'm considering purchasing a Sit'n'Gym . . . and carefully thinking over how I will handle its introduction.  We've used exercise balls in our home, and they've worked well, so long as I've made sure the children understand that it's not play time.  I recognize that this product is a tool, not a magic pill.  Play happens during playtime, and if it's time for a lesson or some pencil-and-paper work, then gentle bouncing is all that's permissible.

This ball won't fix wigglies that are a result of dietary allergies/irritants (gluten, food coloring, sugar, etc.)  or children who haven't yet learned to control their basic behaviors.  (Only parenting with love and logic can help children learn that.)  The ball will, however, help children focus who have some level of self-control and really want to learn.

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  1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Sit 'n' Gym October 10, 2011
Reviewer: Julie M. from Erie, PA United States  
My family has been homeschooling since 1989, and I've purchased something (usually multiple items) nearly every year from the Timberdoodle.  The Sit 'n' Gym is the one item in which I've been disappointed.  Yes, it's a great idea, and the construction is sturdy and durable.  However, it didn't help my son stay still and pay attention---in fact, he simply rolled off the ball, again, and again, and again.  He had a ball, (pun intended), but it didn't help him pay attention or concentrate.  Because it didn't work for us, I cannot recommend it.

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  7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
After just one week... August 17, 2009
Reviewer: Sharyn M. from Prairie View, IL  
I am homeschooling my 4 children and one of my sons has been struggling with attention and focusing on schoolwork. It was getting very difficult to run a school day and I was beside myself as to what to do. Then my sister gave your catalog and there in the front cover I read about the Sit'n'GYM chairs. I was not sure if I believed it could really work but anything was worth a try. After just one week on the SIT'n'GYM chair my son's work habits improved noticeably. He is still always the last one done with his work but he is able to finish a days work. He and I both love the SIT'n'GYM chair.

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  2 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Still Moves Around August 17, 2009
Reviewer: Jaime P. from Flagstaff, AZ  
I have an extremely wiggly 6 year old boy and purchased this to help keep him in one place.  Unfortunately it does just the opposite!  The feet on the ball are supposed to keep it from going anywhere, but they are placed too close together and he ends up chasing it across the room.  So after much MORE frustration, it is in the garage sale pile.  For us, it was a waste of money, and we are still looking.  In theory it was a good idea, but only in theory.

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