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Wooden Cup And Ball
Cup and Ball
Member Name: bringingsexyback
Cup and Ball
Advantages: It can be a fun and entertaining game
Disadvantages: It is frustrating when your child begins to play
WHAT IS IT?
An old fashioned non powered game that features a wooden cup on a handle with a wooden ball attached by a length of string. It is brightly coloured but mine is different to the one in the photograph and is red with a single thick green line running around the top of the cup.
HOW DO YOU PLAY?
You launch the ball into the air and try to catch it with the cup. You can launch the ball any way you want to by either throwing it, flicking the ball in an upwards arc from a dangling position or sit it in the cup and throw it using that. It is suitable for children aged three and over but I do not think a child could safely play with the cup and ball until they were about 5, it's not just because they could break something with the ball but also because the string is so long that the hard wooden ball could hit them on the head.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a fun game for children and helps them to learn about catching and coordination. It is hard to master at first but once a child learns how to move the cup under the ball they will get better very quickly so it is worth encouraging them. The string is long and that stops the ball from arcing so it can go into free fall to allow for catching.
I bought this one for my daughter a year ago, it was £4.99 from London Zoo and it has been played with a lot. I keep it with her outdoor toys because I do not like her to play with it in the house, keeping it in the cold shed with other toys has not damaged it apart from the string has gone gray now and that makes it look old and dirty. There are a few little dents and chips in the wooden cup but this is not through playing and has happened when my daughter has thrown the toy down. The handle is the right length so children or adults can play with it, it's smooth and comfortable and that makes a difference when you want to teach a child a new skill.
WHAT MY DAUGHTER THINKS
My daughter is six and she got very frustrated with this toy when she first had it because even when we threw it gently for her she couldn't catch the ball. She has always thought it was fun but she plays with it a lot more now that she is confident. I have seen her making it more challenging for herself by throwing the ball higher into the air, but she is wary of doing this after it came down and hit her on the top of her head when she was holding the cup too close to her.
She is usually very good at sharing but she doesn't like to play this with other people. My husband thinks that this is because she quite often doesn't catch the ball and is embarrassed at people seeing this but I think it would be a fun game to play with her friends.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Summary: This is a fun old fashioned toy
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