“ Brand: Argos / Type: Playhouse / Tents „
My one year old was given the Argos pop up ball house for Christmas (2000) and it's been a huge hit with her and her big sister (age 3). It comes in a box with 250 balls and a pop up style tent, which folds down very small and has a bag to keep it in. The sides are mesh to keep the balls in, with one opening side with "doors" that can be held back with velcro fastenings while children get in and out - or more commonly throw the balls out! There is a hole in the top of the tent which makes it easy to fill it with balls. Emptying it is another matter, I haven't yet worked out a knack of doing it quickly! The hole in the top also is great fun for older children, who soon discover they can throw the balls out through it. This toy is not cheap at £40. The children love it, but there is a limit to how long they want to stay in it. It's more fun when there is more than one child playing, or when they have friends over. It doesn't take up any more space than a normal pop up tent when up. I would recommend it if your child is keen on ball pits, if you have more than one child or perhaps if you childmind it would also be a useful thing to have. It's certainly a good distraction toy on a boring afternoon and gets the girls playing and laughing. Not the easiest one to store so do keep hold of the box! The tent is easy, it's those balls which are the fun part! For value for money though, I would say a normal pop up tent or play tunnel gives better play value and more scope for imaginative play, as well as being half the price.
Features include roof openings to allow balls to be poured in, entrance door with tiebacks, sewn-in groundsheet and 250 playballs.