Product Type: VTech baby toys
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Vtech Pop-Up Surprise Ball
Date: 21/09/11, updated on 30/10/11 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Colourful, teaches animals
Disadvantages: very hard plastic
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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Summary: not bad!
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