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- Why I Bought -
As I have already expressed in previous reviews I am a little obsessed with the Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks so I was very excited when a few months ago I came across eighteen Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds in a charity shop. I hadn't seen these before but I could instantly see they were very similar to the blocks except round. I snapped them up and have since been collecting these too, for my son honest!
- The Roll-a-Rounds -
These are small plastic balls that are roughly the size of a Satsuma. There are many different varieties but the majority are either see through and have something interesting to look at inside or they are textured so that there is lots of interesting things to feel. They usually come in sets of six or a small set will come with a larger toy which can be used to play with the balls. Originally we bought three sets of six in the charity shop and then bought a dinosaur toy that came with six more balls from Ebay. So we now have 24 roll-a-rounds and all of ours are the see through variety. Each ball has two brightly coloured circles which display the Fisher Price brand name and state that they are roll-a-rounds. Then you can peek through the clear plastic to see what's inside. A few examples of ones we own are animals such as a tiger, pig, hippo, rabbit, and a panda. These all have a small metal pin through them so that they rotate when the ball moves. We also have quite a few with a transport theme such as a fire engine, digger, aeroplane and boat. Then we have balls which have interesting patterned designs, beads that rattle and a game to get small balls through holes. Each ball is interactive in some way, usually spinning or rattling. I think they are really interesting and unusual as well as being well made and fun for little ones.
- Rolling Around -
My son absolutely loves these and gets really excited when I get them out for us to play with (I'm not letting him have all the fun!). As they are balls you can play all the usual ball games with them. We pass them back and forth a lot which my son really likes or we roll them really fast over the wooden floor which always gets a laugh and he loves to chase them. My son is obsessed with hiding toys (and mummy's keys, phone, purse) in random places so these are ideal for this game. He also likes to shake them as the different balls make different noises. He particularly likes the ones with small beads as they make a great rattling noise. Of course we also use the balls with the dinosaur from the range. This has little holes and slides to put the balls down which is a lot of fun. There really is so much fun to be had with the roll-a-rounds and they really appeal to my son's curious nature. I think they really stimulate the senses with lots to look at, touch and listen to. The only issue I had with them was where to store them so I bought a big plastic box for them and the peek-a-blocks so they aren't constantly all over the floor.
- Age Range -
These are recommended from six months to two years. I think this is quite accurate as a baby younger than six months might not have the dexterity to grab onto and play with these. Any small pieces inside the balls are very well contained so there is no danger for little ones.
- Price and Availability -
These aren't widely available in the UK anymore but are still popular in America. There are a few places where you can buy them over here. Amazon stock a few different sets but they are very over priced at £25 plus. The best place to buy items from this range is second hand on Ebay or in charity shops and nearly new sales where there are many bargains to be had. We paid £6 for 18 balls in a charity shops, £5.50 for the dinosaur and six balls on Ebay and £1.50 for one ball that sits in a little car. Money well spent.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend the Fisher Price Roll-a-Rounds as we absolutely love them! They are fun, stimulating, unusual and have many uses. The only downside is that they aren't widely available in the UK so you have to pay over the odds or buy them second hand.