I could have only been given this by my Mum a few years ago when I still lived at home. I dont know the exact reason why she put this in my Christmas Stocking but it was more than likely that she thought it would be a fun novelty gift and also the fact that it could be used as a stress ball for the tenser moments in life. These can often be found in shops like Hawkins Bazaar or Tiger and I cant imagine that they retail for more than a couple of pounds. My ball is exactly the same as shown above, there is black netting a little like the netting you buy oranges in and inside this is a purple soft plastic ball. When squeezed the ball goes pink as the plastic stretches just like as can be seen above. The ball is something that has always been knocking around somewhere and numerous people have picked it up for a squeeze both when I still lived with my parents and it sat on my bedroom shelf and now that I live with my partner and it lives on my bookshelf in the living room. I think its just one of those things that people have to touch! I use this ball mainly to just mess about with in moments of boredom. Its fun squeezing it and seeing all the smaller balls pop out of the mesh net and trying to make different shapes etc. Recently I found this after not seeing it for a while and my kitten is fascinated with it. I dont leave it out for him to play with as I'm not entirely sure what the contents are and if they are safe for him but he loves to watch if I'm squeezing it and he likes to touch it with his paw! I sometimes use this ball if I am feeling angry but not so much stressed. My whole life is stressed so I dont want to constantly have it in my hand! When I'm angry or particularly nervous (I suffer with an anxiety disorder) my hands and fingers begin to ache, feel stiff and just add tension. By squeezing this ball it helps to exercise my hands, exerting pressure from them and in turn this leads them to feel more relaxed and helps me become a little less worked up. This ball is just a novelty toy. I imagine it is ok for children over the age of three but its a fun piece for everyone to have around really and adults and animals seem just as attracted to this as children are!
Oh my gosh, this ball is the most fun ever! This was something I received as a Christmas stocking gift from my mum a few years ago. Its one of those toys that you sort of find in a draw now and again where you have placed it after you play with it for a few days but when I got it out and showed my little girl she absolutely loved it and now likes to have it in her toy box and play with it now and again. The ball looks just like a stress ball, the kind of little ball you have that you squeeze between your hands and it is designed to take away your frustrations and stresses. However, this ball is quite different and something a bit more than just a regular stress ball. The ball is about the shape of a tennis ball but squeeze it and you get quite a fun surprise. The ball has a black netting all the way around it and when you squeeze the ball it comes out of the netting and looks like little bubbles of gel. The net is quite thick and small and has lots of holes in it rather than just a few big ones and its this that makes the ball special. Its really quite addictive and satisfying and fun to do. The bubbles are achieved because of the gel in the ball that comes through each portion of the net. My little girl thinks its really funny when she sees this and it is very funny. You can get different effects different ways you squeeze it too so its fun to squeeze it just a little or quite hard or to one side etc to see what it will do. Of course, it definitely has a limited time frame of being fun but to get it out every now and again and give it a squeeze is quite fun. The ball is a gel filled ball which is what enables it to be manipulated as such. The weird thing is that I have a pink one and the balls come out slightly a different colour but I think this is because the material inside is being stretched so they will come out a bit different but it is still weird. All in all a fun little ball.
I love gadgets but I love anything which I have not really seen before. In Hawkins Bazaar I saw at the till this rather funny item which when squeezed somehow made me chuckle. The item was named Squishy Mesh ball and the idea is you have this gel filled rubber ball and it is quite soft to the touch and around the outside is a black mesh net. This net has many holes and is tied at the bottom and the idea is that when you squeeze the ball tightly the gel inside the ball pops out the little holes in the net to make mini balls. These mini balls are usually pretty solid to the touch and seem to create many different shapes and configurations. The harder you squeeze the more balls pop out the holes in the net and the looser the grip the less amount of balls appear. It sounds quite obvious to most people what this item does from the picture alone but the reason I got it was for my own amusement. I tend to use this as a stress ball where I just squeeze tightly when I am in a bad mood. Just the other day I had some bad news and I needed something or someone to yell at and I just saw my mesh ball and I just squeezed it as hard as I could and for some reason that anger disappeared. The other point to this item was the fact that mine is dark purple yet when squeezed the item changed colour to this lighter shade of purple and for some reason an odd blue colour can appear on some of the balls which come through the net. The item comes in many different colours as well. I have seen the ball in green and blue and the idea is the same with them all. I once did cut the net and tried to do my own design but this never worked out that well. I have never seen the ball come close to tearing apart like some people might expect it to with constant pressure. The ball is very cheap also costing me just £2 and I found that cheap for what it offers. It is a novelty item which can be used as a stocking filler and you can have plenty of laughs with it because you can create various scenarios with it. I use it mainly as a stress ball but other people might find other usages for it. I would say this item is perfect for any gender and anyone above a certain age due to the net could be a problem for younger children. I guarantee once you try this in a store you want to keep on pressing it as hard as you can mainly due to curiosity and hoping it will erupt, sadly this never seems likely to happen.