We received this chime ball as a gift for our baby boy, when he was around three months old. Although it was a while before he could pick it up by himself, he loved this toy as soon as he saw it. The fact it's colourful and noisy makes it a favourite with our son, and the fact it's light and the chime noise isn't too loud makes it a favourite of mine too.
Currently priced at 6 GBP from Early Learning Centre, the ball is suitable from birth. It's a good size for a first ball, being slightly smaller than a normal sized football, but still big enough that a baby needs to use both hands to pick it up. It's made from a soft material which is great as it means I can leave baby to play with this without worrying he will hurt himself by hitting his head with it. He also likes to chew the surface of the ball which isn't an issue as there is nothing in the way of choking hazards, and the ball is machine washable which gives peace of mind for mums.
There are many developmental skills to be gained from this ball. My little boy is nearly seven months old now, and this was one of the toys that helped him develop his fine motor skills as he had to coordinate both hands to pick it up. Now he is learning a bit more about cause and effect, he likes to roll the ball to make the chime noise jingle. It is also a good toy for interactive play, as he can spend many hours watching one of us throw this in the air and catch it, and something about the combination of motion and noise makes him howl with laughter for some reason. Other skills which are encouraged by playing with the ball are rolling and crawling, as my boy likes to roll closer to the ball if it lands near him.
The design of the ball is gender neutral, so it would be just as suitable for a girl as it is for a boy. The ball is split into segments in terms of patterns, and each segment is brightly coloured featuring either an animal from the Blossom Farm range, or a pattern such as stripes. The fabric is looking a little bobbly now, like a well worn jumper, but this is to be expected when it's continuously chewed on and rolled across the carpet.
We've already had a lot of use out of this ball, and I'm sure as he grows it will also help him learn other skills such as throwing and catching. It's one of the few toys I am happy to leave him playing with in his playpen when I'm having a shower for example, as I know he can't do any damage with it. This is a great inexpensive toy which I imagine most children would enjoy, and would make a lovely gift.
At a Glance A soft fabric ball that chimes when moved, shaken or rolled Features and benefits for Blossom Farm Chime Ball A soft fabric ball that chimes when moved, shaken or rolled. From the Blossom Farm collection featuring Woolly Lamb, Nibbles Mouse, Clover Cow and other favourite characters. This is a great toy to help encourage movement and crawling.