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Cup and Ball
Cup and Ball
Member Name: Elaineee
Cup and Ball
Advantages: Simple toy
I was in Home Bargains last year and spotted one of these Cup and Ball sets. My son is keen on History so I thought this old fashioned toy would be right up his street. Costing only £1 (RRP a few quid more) I snapped it up as a stocking filler.
This toy is very good quality, I have seen the similar ones in different places- Hawkins Bazaar for example sell them for £3 I think that's still reasonable.
The toy itself is made wood, there are no sharp edges just lovely and smooth all over. The main body is about 20cm in length with the cup being just over an inch wide. The handle is clear varnished with the cup being brightly painted. The small red ball is smooth and attached by a long string. It hasn't come apart the string seems strong.
The object of the game is to try and get the ball into the cup by tossing the string and and ball into the air and then catching it in the cup- that's it. Sounds easy but it isn't, you have to get a technique going which I haven't sussed! I can't do it I'm rubbish and gave up, I get bored easily!. My son however kept at it and can now get the ball in several times in a row and quite quickly. It's definitely great for hand eye co ordination, my son improved his skill after struggling with it at first.
Although boring and repetitive (I find) my son killed some time while playing with it. Him and his brother took it turns to see who could catch the ball the most in a row. It makes a change from having to 'think' like most games these days, there's no mental strategy involved like computer games so it's a break from it. He enjoyed it when he first got it but as with most things it's in a box under the bed, and rarely gets used.
It makes a clacking noise when the ball hits the sides and can chip the paint abit, but this is only cosmetic.
I would recommend this for a change and it doesn't take batteries!!
Summary: Makes a great stocking filler
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