Product Type: Asda baby toys
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Asda 100 Ball Pool Balls
Member Name: Mama-Q
Asda 100 Ball Pool Balls
Advantages: cheap, cheerful, colourful
Disadvantages: get dirty easily, lose their shape, get everywhere.
There was a loud banging at my door one morning (we were all fast asleep, tucked up in bed and I was dreaming my way through a lovely dream.) Some old lady from our local church decided to take it upon herself to drop off 3 bags of these (I kid you not) and an unopened paddling pool so we could create our own ball pool - her own grandchildren hadn't been interested and she had them lying around the house, taking up space and apparently wanted them to take up space in our poky flat. When I peeped through the spy hole in the door all I saw was this lady laden with three bags of brightly coloured balls.
"Hiya, just dropping these off," she told me matter of factly. "Are you not even dressed yet?!" No, lady. It's 8.30am. I'm enjoying my sleep while I can get it. She passed me each bag one by one - they were surprisingly light - and I offloaded them into my hall way, which now resembled a gumball machine it was full to the gunnels with these ball pit balls. "And this," she said, handing me the unopened paddling pool.
I said my thanks, even though I was feeling mildly psychotic by this stage, and closed the door. What the hell was I supposed to do with all of these, now? This one woman was known for 'just dropping things off' with us quite a lot but I think 3 bags of ball pit balls was the biggest 'donation' we'd received from her.
Once my husband got a good look at the balls we discovered that most of them were filthy - really dusty and dirty - and completely unusable. Of course, we couldn't just throw them out into the regular rubbish so they had to take up precious storage space in our hall cupboard. To be honest I could have washed them but that task of washing and drying 200 balls did not appeal to me one bit.
As space was a premium in our flat we didn't have the floor space to set up the paddling pool we'd been given, so we couldn't use that anyway. Another item to be squashed into the tiny hall cupboard. Instead I set up my son's travel cot and filled it with the remaining clean and un-squashed balls. Now, 300 balls may seem like an awful lot, and trust me it is, but in all reality it would probably be just enough to fill a ball pool (and even then, not to the top.) So that's one bag of these balls - which come in a blue mesh bag with an unreliable zip that pops open - hardly ideal for a bag of balls. Asda usually do summer offers on these, so the best time to buy would be around mid-summer when the weather is a little better. If you have space to fill up a paddling pool indoors then I'd recommend this over putting a ball pit outside - these balls have some bounce to them, are very light and end up everywhere.
My son did love playing with them - he was quite entertained for ages, especially throwing the balls out of his travel cot! I found they got mucky easily, which is a downer as I don't want to spend my time cleaning ball pit balls! They are made from a flimsy plastic material, which isn't sturdy in the least - but makes chucking them around easier, I suppose.
They came in several different colours (blue, red, green, orange and yellow), which adds a bit of variety to any game and is great for learning different colours. When we moved I think we made the decision that these would be a nightmare to transport - and even worse if they broke out of the bag - and so we chucked them. They were so cheap that we figured we could easily pick up another bag of these and anyway the balls really had seen better days by this point. We haven't bothered to buy anymore as my son is a bit older now and enjoys other toys anyway - I'm sure he'd love his own personal ball pit, but to be honest I'm not sure I'd like to find balls in all the nooks and crannies of our new house! ;).
The balls are a lot of fun, but you'll picking them out from your teeth by the time the kids are done with them at playtime. They also get horribly manky and once squashed lose their shape. Apart from this it did seem to keep my son entertained for some time at a point in his life where he couldn't sit still for 5 minutes.
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