I introduced Smoothy Bumper Planet to the soon-to-be 1st grader that I am tutoring this summer. I started out by explaining that it is like a hundreds chart, BUT it has extra special things to help us (like the animals, the smoothies, and the bumpers). The "bumpers" are the parts of the chart that appear to stick out. These are numbers that don't follow the pattern you would expect when counting. For example it is fifty, not fivety; thirteen, not threeteen. I can see that this would be a great help to my ESL students who struggle with the language of numbers.
My student did not have any difficulty with these numbers but she enjoyed jumping her finger way up high every time she got to a bumpy number. In fact, a week later I asked her to count something for me and she remembered (I completely forgot) to jump her finger as high as she could every time she saw a bumpy number. It is fun and it is a great way to incorporate gross motor movements into an activity that could involve no movement whatsoever. Last year I gave my class party favor witches' fingers to point with whenever we used the chart.
My tutoring student played the clapper game to practice adding +1. I called out a number to find and when I clapped she was to add 1 to that number. She called out the addition sentence. This is a super easy game that works with one student or the whole class. I have used this as a quick number sense practice in the mornings with my second graders to practice adding and subtracting 1's, 2's, 10's, 9's, and 11's.
I love how using Smoothy Bumper Planet incorporates many visual cues, kinesthetic actions, and an oral/auditory element. You can download the complete Smoothy Bumper Planet book for free when you register on the WBT website.