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Having two boys Christmas can soon become very expensive. So last Christmas I decided that I would buy a relatively large present for each and then top them up with lots of smaller gifts, that way they feel they are getting more but it costs me somewhat less... Supposedly!! Argos frequently has 2 for £15 offers and this is where I purchased this item. Effectively it only cost me £7.50 but you can also purchase them individually for £9.99. I have also seen them in amazon for £9.99. There are two colour choices available pink and blue, my son has the blue, not that my boys worry about gender stereotypes but this was the one on the 2 for £15 offer. My son loves this and still plays with it a year on, although a warning to parents, it can become annoying very quickly as when the ball has been left unused but not turned off keeps saying "I see you". So I have to turn it off when he has finished with it.
It's made of bright yellow and blue plastic and has several panels of soft fabric in red, blue and green, which is good from a sensory perspective. There are ovals on each plastic panel each with little animals embossed in them. The animals are a cute little rabbit, cat and bird. When these are pressed the ball tells you what the picture is. The top has a star which when pressed pops up and what I think is a little blue bear jumps out, making my little one laugh because he says "I see you". It pops up very gently and smoothly slides back in place with no issue of trapped fingers. The star on the outside is yellow and flashes in time with the tunes that the ball plays. There is an on/off switch and two volume choices. The highest volume is very loud and can be quite annoying but the lowest volume option is just perfect. Although my son has now discovered how to make it louder and prefers it that way, much to my frustration. The ball is quite robust and well-made and has been thrown many, many times with no damage to either it or my laminate floor, which is a bonus. The only problem I have found is that my son has dropped it on his toes and although it didn't do any damage it did hurt him.
The ball is around 11.5cm in diameter and weighs around 300g. It is a perfect size for little hands to hold. It is a very stimulating toy for younger children and aids motor skill development as they grow. It is also very entertaining for children who enjoy the tunes and soft comforting female voice. It states that it is suitable for over 3 months, and I think this would be ideal for encouraging rolling over and crawling. It takes two AA batteries which came supplied in mine. They are replaceable by simply unscrewing the bottom. My son still enjoys playing with this toy at two and a half but it's more for entertainment, although because he has speech and language difficulties I think the repetitive words can be useful to him, helping him with his language.
Overall a fantastic stimulating and development toy that I would highly recommend to anyone with young children.
We have a pretty big family and on her first Christmas my youngest daughter was pretty spoilt, this toy was bought for her by her Great Auntie and it usually costs around the £10 mark as far as I have seen it.
The toy is by Vtech which is a leading name in young childrens toys and both myself and my children tend to like their toys as they are in the main educational and fun at the same time.
The toy came packaged in a bright blue box and was open fronted as the majority of Vtech toys are so that you can have a try before you buy. The toy was pretty easy to get out of the box and then of course being cardboard the packaging is recyclable. The box states that this toy is suitable for babies aged 3 months and up over although I would say Emily was a little older than that before she started playing with it.
The toy is a hard plastic ball, the ball has three bright yellow sections each with an animals, a cat, a rabbit and a bird on it in a circular brightly coloured shape. Between the yellow sections there are some soft feel sections in red, blue and green each of which has loads of little drawings on of numbers, shapes and musical notes. Finally there is a plastic blue circle on the top of the ball with a star inside where the doggy appears from hence the name surprise ball. You can also get this toy coloured pink but we have the multicoloured one.
To turn the toy on there is a switch on the blue circle at the top of the toy and if you don't play with the ball for a while it will turn to battery saving mode which is good. The animals on the side of the ball are buttons and when they are pressed the noise of the animal is played and then it is followed by a little tune
The star on top of the toy will light up when the puppy is going to appear so as an adult or older child you know when it will happen however as a baby they have no idea when it's going to happen and my daughter found it funny when the puppy jumped up and said peek a boo.
I think this toy is quite cute, for all it is a ball it doesn't really roll very well as it is not actually a full sphere shape. The battery life of the toy is great and we never had to replace the batteries and I would say my daughter played with it for about 8 months before she began to outgrow it. My daughter found the toy funny and I used to love hearing her giggle to the puppy appearing. The toy is durable being made of hard plastic and it is a great value toy.
I bought the Vtech Pop Up Surprise Ball from Argos, where it normally retails for £9.99 but is often included in their 2 for £15 offer, as it was when I purchased it and currently is now (April 2012). The ball requires 2 x AA batteries and is recommended for age 3 months+.
The ball is available in two colour options, one in various shades of pink and the one that I purchased, which is mostly yellow with some blue, red and green detail. The Ball mostly consists of plastic parts but also has three velvety type strips in various colours along the sides of the ball to help stimulate baby's sense of touch. There are three big buttons on the Ball, each showing a different animal, including a bird, a cat and a rabbit. These buttons make various sounds when pressed, including animal noises, phrases about the colour of the animals etc and some music. There is also a star on top of the ball which lights up and flashes, if this star is pressed it pops up to show a blue plastic dog and plays an old McDonald tune. The ball occasionally asks where the blue dog is while the star is pushed down, encouraging baby to search for it. The ball is round, however the are three small "feet" on the bottom of the ball to keep it upright while baby is playing with the buttons. This toy also has a volume control with two settings.
My son has had this toy since he was a few months old (now 22 months) and has always enjoyed playing with it. He has progressed from enjoying feeling the textures and listening to the sounds, to being able to press the buttons himself, giggle at the dog popping up and rolling the ball around, to naming the animals and colours on the ball. My son has gotten a lot of use out of this ball and it is still in very good condition, almost like new. It is easy to keep clean with a damp cloth and has good battery life.
I think this is a good stimulating, learning toy that also manages to catch baby's attention. I would definitely recommend.
~~Vtech Pop Up Ball Surprise~~
Our ball is brightly coloured different to the ones shown here as ours is for girls. Our ball is mainly pink purple and green. With the same yellow star on and a pink puppy that is attached to the underneath of the star. The ball is not actually a ball as it has 6 sides and never stands up. Has 2 different volume control on and a auto shut off to save on battery life.
When you turn on the pop up ball surprise and the star and puppy is down you will hear "peek a boo" and the old MacDonald song and "Lets find the dog" flowed by "woof woof". If the star and puppy is up you will hear "peek a boo and lets find the red cat" You also get the old MacDonald song as well.
When the pop up puppy is down you will hear Peek a boo and then the song will play. After the song has finished the lights start and you will also hear the words "Lets find the dog" . It also works the same way when you push the puppy up but the words are different saying " Peek a boo and I see you" with different song and lights.
There is not that much difference really from turning the ball on to pressing the star and puppy down and up.
Now onto the side buttons that are the animals. The animals include Cat, Bird, Rabbit and a red cat. Press these to hear the animal sounds and a random saying. Press again to hear another random saying and a random song. Also on the sides are fabric patches with music notes on them as babies love to feel different textures.
You can also roll the ball across the floor for a song and the lights.
There is 10 songs in all that include --
1. Row Row Row your boat.
2. Merrily we roll along.
3. Old Macdonald had a farm.
4. London bridge
5. Wheels on the bus.
6. Head, Shoulders, Knees and toes.
7. Incy Wincy Spider.
8. Three blind mice.
9. Twinkle twinkle little star.
10. Rock a bye baby.
As with most baby/ pre school toys there are always something they can learn from them. These include --
Sensory Stimulation. --- Bright colours and flashing light attract baby's attention, while the different textures invite tactile stimulation. Melodies and sounds along with singing appeal to baby.
Motor Skills --- Pressing the pop-up puppy helps baby develop manual dexterity
Discovery and Exploration --- Puppy hides and then pops up again when baby presses the star. Helps teach little ones about cause and effect.
.Language Development & Phonics --- Friendly English voice introduces new phrases
This was taken from the Vtech website as I would have said the same anyway.
Recommend for 3 to 18 months.
My baby has bad reflux so is sick everyday and most things tend to get covered in sick. This ball has been a few times and comes up really well after being sponge cleaned. Their really is no other way to clean this. Dries quickly too at room temperature.
This takes 2 AA batteries but does come with batteries already in for demonstration purpose only and they recommend that you replace them. We have not yet and this was a few months ago and they still show no signs of stopping yet.
Vtech also recommends that you do not use rechargeable batteries.
~~Price & Where To Buy~~
We brought this from Argos a few months ago and only paid £9.99 but they was on offer as they are buy 2 for £15 so managed to get a Vtech giggle ball for a fiver.
Most places do sell this also like Toys R Us, ElC and most good toy shops. Roughly the same price everywhere.
~~What We Think~~
My baby girl already loves this and it's easy for little ones to use and hold and to press the star and also the other buttons. She loves the different textures of the on the ball. She also loves the music too.
Battery is excellent on this toy we have had ours for over a few months now and they show no signs yet off packing in. We still have not replaced them from buying this from Argos.
The songs can get a tad annoying especially when your little ones learn to pop the puppy up because there is only 1 song for that one. it's the same for pushing the puppy down as well only 1 song.
Plus side though it's a great bargain and it's really girly and bright and great for little fingers to press and explore. There is also a auto shut off to save on battery life.
When it comes to toys my daughter has masses of them in all various shapes and sizes and they all have different functions. Some are absolutely wonderful and some are just pointless and I wondered why I ever spent the money on them but I guess that is all part of the learning curve when it comes to toy buying. I do tend to stick to various brands of toys simply due to quality and I do think you get what you pay for. However, this review says different!
VTech is a world toy manufacturer and I am sure every parent has probably owned a VTech made toy at some point and generally I do find VTech toys fun and imaginative. For this review I will be reviewing the VTech Pop Up Surprise Ball in pink. It was bought from Early Learning centre when on offer and I thought it would provide my daughter with a bit of enjoyment and at half price it wasn't breaking the bank.
The Pop Up Surprise Ball is as you can see from the picture the Pop Up Surprise Ball is circular in shape and has colourful panels around the ball itself. At the top there is the pop up part where a small 'puppy' pops up at various times, although personally I think this looks like a cat! I bought the Pop Up Surprise Ball in pink and the theme is girly which is perfect for any baby girl. The ball itself is plastic and is actually quite solid and seems well made which I would expect from VTech.
The shell of the toy features different panels as I said above. These are either plastic or made from a soft fabric and these can help encourage sensory stimulation and discovery. Don't expect the fabric to be soft and fluffy but the fabric panels are colourful and softer (but not much) than the plastic. Basically the whole idea of the toy is to help stimulate a baby's senses and help develop fine motor skills. Which as a parent is something we all want to encourage with our children.
To make the little puppy pop up a baby needs to press the light up star button and he will pop up whilst various tunes and melodies start to play which is quite nice but it is very repetitive. However, the flashing lights certainly help the stimulate a baby's senses and my daughter particularly enjoyed this part of the toy and once she had managed how to pop up the puppy it did bring a smile to her face. The animal buttons around the ball are quite large and chunky and easily pressed by little hands and this helps to develop the fine motor skills which are associated with this particular toy. Once these large buttons are pressed animal sounds start to play which again is something new to be learnt. To switch on or off or even turn the volume down (2 volume levels) there is a little pink switch on the main part of the toy.
The main features to the Pop Up Surprise Ball are quite simple and certainly not too complicated in terms of how to use them and what they do. Basically they are comprised of a the pop up puppy which gives the peek a boo effect, the contrasting textures, variety of colours and flashing lights which help towards the tactile and visual stimulation, the animal buttons which have the animal names, sounds and phrases and the 10 melodies (I'm sure I have never heard all 10!).
VTech advise that this toy helps with the following:-
"Motor Skills - Encourages fine motor skill development.
Sensory Development - A variety of textures, visuals and sounds stimulate sensory development.
Discovery and Exploration - Heightens curiosity and encourages exploration.
Language Development - Introduces the alphabet, letter sounds and vocabulary"
Now when I bought this for my daughter I was of course liking all of the reasons VTech give for why this toy is great and marketing is a big ploy especially for a first time mother! My daughter initially did not know what to do with it and after a while of me showing her what to do and how to press the buttons it suddenly clicked and she mastered the fine art of making the puppy pop up and the lights to flash - so far so good. She initially liked the animal sounds and melodies but it didn't take long for the novelty to wear off as apart from the pop up puppy, a few flashing lights and the phrases/ melodies this toy doesn't actually do anything else.
So after a while my daughter quickly lost interest and it was soon discarded along with her other toys which had fallen out of favour! The Pop Up Surprise Ball in some ways has lots going for it as the phrases are nice as well as the melodies and of course the flashing lights are always a big hit with a baby but other than that it doesn't actually do anything else and I therefore I think that the amount of time a baby/ child plays with the toy would soon be limited after receiving it.
My daughter's Pop Up Surprise Ball now remain at the bottom of her toy box and very rarely comes out to play which to be fair as made the batteries last a lot longer! It is on the plus side well made and has suffered a few knocks and bangs from my daughter but I think it would fair far better with a younger baby who is just starting to play with toys rather than an older baby and maybe this was the mistake I made and I should have bought it when she was a lot younger but even so the toy is still limited as to what it can do and does. Therefore, I would only recommend it for younger babies than older ones but it isn't going to break the bank so you won't regret purchasing it if it fails to live up to your child's demands!
~ Useful Info ~
Age Range: 3 - 18 months
Price: £9.99 - Vtech RRP
Batteries: 2 'AA'
The Vtech pop up surprise ball comes in a unisex yellow colour with blue and green sections, or pink with lilac and yellow sections. It is widely available at Argos, Toys R Us and most toy stores, retailing at around £9.99 although it is often £5.99 when on offer.
My daughter had the pink version when she was about six months old and she loved it. She absolutely loves animals, particularly cats, so this was a good present for her. The age suitability is 3 months+ which I think is perfectly reasonable, as even if a young baby doesn't understand how to use it, he/she can still get enjoyment from rolling it, feeling the textures and pressing buttons (even by accident!)
It comes in a small box and requires 2x AA batteries which are supplied, so you're ready to roll! The batteries are secured in a plastic cage so there's no worry that a child can get to them.
The ball is designed to be fun, bright and colourful. It aims to support senses, brain power, motor function and hand-to-eye coordination skills. There is an on/off switch on the front and the option to turn it down to half volume. If the ball is left, it will go into standby mode, and when moved again, will come back to life.
The idea is that the child is playing peek a boo with the puppy. The puppy is hidden under the 'pop up' bit, which is a star shaped lid that the puppy is holding up. The star lights up when the puppy pops up and it always made my little girl giggle with delight. When the puppy pops up, a voice says "Peek a boo!"
On the side of the ball are buttons for cat, bird and rabbit which are colourful. When pressed, a voice tells you what the animal is, a sound is played (ie. a cat's miaow for cat) and a tune is played. The tune does get annoying after a while but you can always turn it down.
My daughter loved the sounds and buttons, and she loved to roll the ball around as well. The edges of the ball are fabric, which provides grip and softness. My daughter has only just grown out of this toy now at 22 months.
The only downside to this ball is that it is actually very hard. If thrown, it could seriously hurt someone, particularly babies or toddlers. It is not very comfortable to hold either. In addition if thrown it could easily break something like a vase etc. It does roll but not very well.
All in all, a good toy - but better suited to a small baby rather than a toddler. Wipe-clean only but very easy to do so. Very robust also - not likely to break if thrown.
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Oh my gosh, this is my baby boy's favourite toy in the entire world. He's loved it for months, too.
At first, it was just the fact that it made noise and lit up. He could stare at it and occasionally bat at it, but that was it. Once he could sit up unaided, then he really started to roll it around and play with the buttons (still not getting the hang of the popping-up dog). Now that he's crawling, he absolutely loves to roll it around the room and then chase after it.
The pop-up feature will confuse many babies at first, but they will eventually get the hang of it. My son has so far figured out how to push the doggie down, but not how to get it back up again!
It's a pretty noisy toy, so you will soon learn how to block out the inane music and chatter that goes over and over again. I wish there was a feature to have the ball light up (what my baby likes) but NOT play sound, as he doesn't actually seem to care about the music.
It would also be nice if VTech had different recordings, as once you own a couple of their toys, you realise all the voices are the same!!
Anyway, this is a great toy that will entertain your baby for many months - a worthy investment.
The pop up surprise ball I'm reviewing is the pink one. I never seem to find many toys for younger babies apart from teddies so when I seen this is Argos recommended for 3 - 18 months I brought it straight away. It promotes the senses and hand eye co ordination and rolls away from them to encourage crawling. As you may notice I often buy things in the Argos 2 for £15 promotion and gain this was in it. It requires 2 AA batteries which were provided with it and 20 months later I've still not had to change them.
It is a round ball made of plastic and has 3 pictures and interactive buttons round it. They are separated by soft velvet feel material.
One button has a picture of a cat, the second bunny and third is a bird. When you press each it will say phrases.
* When you press the rabbit it says the rabbit is here plays a bouncing noise, then says its a pink rabbit and then a tune to follow
* When you press the cat it says the cat is here plays a meow noise , then says its a red cat and plays a tune
* When you press the bird button it plays a tweeting sound and says the bird is here, and then says it's a green bird then plays a tune.
* Also at the top there is a star button which lights up when you press this a dog pops up and its says peek a boo I can see you and again plays a tune.
* Also when a button has not been played with for a while it will say a phrase to try and get the child to interact with it again.
Luckily it has a volume level and on off switch at the top of the ball.
I do not believe it is any use for a baby of 3 months. Both my daughter has used it and now my son who is just 3 months has also had a try but there is nothing they can do with it. It's hard for them to even catch the buttons by chance as it just rolls away from them.
As soon as my daughter reached 6 months when she was just starting to try and crawl sit and just be a bit more independent it did become and excellent toy for her. She loved it and would play with it over and over again. Luckily there is a volume button on it as the tunes and phrases can help drive a parent mad lol. It definitely helped to encourage her to crawl as when she would drop it and it rolled away she would struggle to try and get to it.
I would definitely recommend this toy but would wait till the child is a bit more independent for them to get the best use out of it.
My daughter got this toy when she was about 4 months old and she loved it from the start. By around 6 months it was her favourite toy, and while shes progressed to other things now, she does still play with it from time to time.
The Vtech pop-up surprise ball is aimed at babies from around 3 months and is a colourful, fun toy, which lights up and makes lots of noise!
When the star in flush with the ball, it rolls easily and makes a great incentive for parents trying to encourage their babies to crawl.
When the star is pressed a puppy pops up, which always delighted my baby.
The ball will shuts down itself after around 30 seconds of non use, which is good for saving batteries, but also saving the patience of the parents, as this ball, while fantastic for babies, can become really annoying for adults.
This is primarily due to how noisy it is, and the fact that it just seems to go off by itself all the time, and shout random things like "I see you!" Thankfully the volume can be turned down.
The pop up surprise ball is programmed with a number of tunes including Row Row Row Your Boat, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, The Wheels on the Bus and Three Blind Mice. The songs go off at random, depending on which part of the ball is pressed, hence it being a 'surprise.'
Requiring two AA batteries, this toy costs around £10, and is available from most toy shops.
It is excellent for young babies as it really holds their attention and is very stimulating, but it really did wear on my nerves after a while!
My daughter received this as a present, when she was about 6 months old, which was perfect as she was just beginning to develop some coordination and becoming more mobile.
The Vtech Pop-Up Surprise is an activity ball. There is a star that lights up on top of the ball and when you press this down a puppy pops up. My daughter loved this and used to squeal at the surprise. A voice says "Peek A Boo" and then there are some tunes to accompany the dog.
On each side of the ball, there are buttons of animals - a bird, cat and and a rabbit, which when pressed play a tune and say which animal they have pressed and its colour. This teaches baby from an early age, the different animals and colours.
The ball has two volumes, one loud and one quiet, if you leave the ball it goes into standby mode to save the batteries - 2 AA batteries, but it will turn back on when you move it.
We began to play with the toy, when my bubba was about 7 months old, she was quite mobile and if we placed her on her front and the ball rolled away, she could shuffle after it, the lights and bright colours kept her attention, instead of her giving up, she went after it. She really enjoyed this when she was younger but I did find the music quite repetitive after hearing the same tune 20 times over, so the low volume came in handy.
My only real concern is that the ball is made of quite hard plastic and when she got a bit older, she began to throw things around, and she threw this and ended up breaking one of the vases with it, I was so glad it didn't end up hitting my friends little boy as he was only inches away from it but she grew out of that stage.
I really like this as an early toy, its bright, eye catching and teaches hand-eye coordination. After a bit of research, it can be bought for £10 from most toy retailers.
My daughter got the pink pop-up surprise ball for Christmas this year. She is only 3 months old but she absolutley loves the pop up suprise ball and I would definatley say it her best toy so far! If I sit her on my lap and press all the buttons for her it can keep her amused for a good hour!
The pink one she has is exactly the same as the red, blue, yellow and green one which you can also buy.
If you push the yellow light up star on the top of the ball a little pink dog (I think its a dog!) pops up and the toy says 'peek-a-boo I see you' in a slightly irritating voice. I have to press the star to make it pop up as my daughter is still too small and cannot do it yet.
The ball has three buttons around it with a cat, bird and rabbit on them.. when you press them it makes the sound the animal makes and tells you what colour it is. Then it usually plays a little tune. My daughter can easily press these herself and they respond to the softest touch.
Has two different sound levels and an off button on the top.
I think the ball was purchased from tesco but it is available widely for no more than £10.
My daughter is now 8 months old and has been playing with this toy constantly since she was 3 months old. I am really impressed with how tough this toy is, it has had a lot of playtime and still looks good as new plus the batteries are only just starting to run out.
My Daughter got this pop up surprise ball last Christmas from my Mother in law. She bought her the pink one as there are a lot of boys in the family, however i had a Son in April so I'm sure he will play with it despite its girly colour!
The ball is made by Vtech, they make a lot of children's toys and seem to be very popular. Its made of hard plastic and has fabric sections which are patterned and also has three large buttons for children to press. When these are pressed the ball sings and says phrases such as 'peekaboo i see you'. These can be a little repetitive and annoying but can always be switched off as there is an on/off button.
The top of the ball is star shaped and pops up to reveal an animal.
My daughter has had a lot of enjoyment out of this toy, especially when it pops up! It seems to be very sturdy as it has been dropped and rolled a few times and is still working fine.
I have had a few complaints about this toy but only from my Sister about the noise it makes!
I'm not too sure about the price as it was a gift but I'm sure it wont be too expensive as i have bought Vtech toys before and found them to be very reasonable for the quality you get.
I would recommend this to all parents and would say it is best suited to babies aged 6 months and onwards as my Daughter was 8 months when she received it and was interested in it straight away.
My daughter got this as a gift for her first Christmas but as she was only 4 weeks old I kept it till she was a little older.
THE PRODUCT - There is a light up star at the top of the ball and if you press this a puppy pops up accompanied by a voive saying ' peek a boo, I see you' and then it starts playing tunes. Around the ball there are 3D pictures of a cat, a bird and a rabbit which can be pressed. Each time you press them they alternate between making the noise of that animal and saying 'The cat/bird/rabbit is here' and 'it is a red cat (or green bird or pink rabbit)' and then playing a tune. Therefore introducing baby to colours and animals and keeping there attention with catchy little tunes. The ball can has two volume settings and if left unattended for a few minutes goes onto standby but will turn on again when moved. It is made from brightly coloured hard plastic and has three soft padded fabric strips around it also in bright colours. It requires 2xAA abtteries.
MY OPINION/CHILD'S REACTION - I gave this to my daughter to play with when she was about 6 months old, she was a very early crawler and she enjoyed the fact that this toy rolled away and she could follow it, the lights and colours on it were very eye catching and held her attention more than some of her other toys and she would do her own version of dancing everytime she heard the music. This was a definate favourite toy of hers when she was younger and I like the fact you could put the volume on a lower setting. The only real problem I experienced was when she a got a little older and learnt that a ball is for throwing, as this is quite a hard toy after she threw it a few times on one occasion giving her cousin a bit of a clunk ewith it, I had to take it off her for a few weeks till she could understand better that this ball wasn't for throwing.
All in all a good toy for keeping baby's attention and great when they first become mobile but be careful as they get a little older and start throwing.
I bought the VTech pop up ball for my son when he was about 7 months old .At that age he just liked rolling it round the floor. He loved the bright colours and it is one of the toys that seem to have grown with him.
He learnt that pressing the star got the dog to pop up and it says peek a boo. The ball has different animals on each side of the ball and that pressing each animal plays a different tune.
The only downside to this product is the sponge cloth bits seem to get dirty but aren't very easy to wash.
I gave his ball away as I thought he had probably grown out of it and when he was 19 months old but another friend came round with a bundle of toys her son had outgrown and there was another one .He then spent 20 minutes playing with it solidly like it was a toy he had lost and missed desperately.
I would recommend this toy for young babies both boys and girls
This comes in 2 different colours, the one in the picture on here and a pink one as well. We have the pink one - although they both do exactly the same (a friend has one in the other colour).
My husband brought this home for our daughter when she was about 5 months old and she loves bashing it! Sometimes she can work out how to get the puppy to pop up which always makes her smile.
At 6 months old now I am hoping that the fact the ball rolls away from her will encourage her to be more mobile as she is only interested in sitting up at the moment.
The ball has the pop up puppy on the top which has a flashing yellow star on its head which you press to make it pop up. The star flashes in time with the music.
It also has 3 different buttons on the sides of a red cat, green bird and pink rabiit. It also plays many different nursery rhymes. It has fabric strips doen the sides for different textures as well.
After a while of not being moved it auto shuts of, but before it does this it makes a little 'yip yip' noise to try and get baby interested in it again. Once it has auto shut off touching it and moving it will get it going again although there is a switch to turn it off completely for when you have listened to 'Row Row Row your boat or similar far too many times! It also has 2 volume levels, normal and loud - I never switch it to loud as there is no real need to in our house and I can't think of a situation where you would as normal is plenty loud enough to be heard when the baby is sitting next to it.
I think my husband paid about £10 for it from Mothercare.
Press the light-up star button to make the peek-a-boo puppy pop up, or press him down to use as a ball. Features female talking and singing to reassure little ones. Lots of flashing lights and lively music help stimulate babys senses and large easy-press