“ Brand: Carousel „
I saw this Carousel First Ball Pit while Christmas shopping in Tesco last year, it was reduced to £9.00 and my mum who was with me bought it for Jayden as one of his Christmas presents. At the time I did wonder how much use he would get out of it but it has become one of his favourites.
The Carousel Ball Pit was packaged in a relatively small box, and came complete with a basic instruction leaflet. The ball pit does not come with balls and we couldn't buy any in Tesco either however I knew these were available in Argos so it wasn't too much of a problem but it would have been nice to have been able to purchase the pit and the balls at the same time.
Once out of the box it takes literally seconds for the ball pit to pop up and apart from sliding 2 plastic rods into the edges of the actual "pit" that's it, the whole thing is ready to go.
Once opened up the ball pit was much larger than I imagined it would be, the base of the tent measures 65 x 65cm's and the height is approximately 85cm's meaning it will last Jayden quite a while.
The base or pit is 10cm's deep making it nice and easy for him to crawl in and out by himself, the Carousel Ball Pit is open on two sides allowing little people to not only get in and out easily but also feel not too enclosed in and nervous.
The ball pit is made from a canvas type material and is done in nice bright colours, the two sides both have animal heads on them. One side is a lion with a friendly face and a hole where his mouth his and the other side is an elephant with a trunk which is actually a tube allowing balls to be pushed through it.
Jayden loves this toy, he spends ages sitting in there or "swimming " in the balls, as the pit is only shallow he can easily crawl in and out himself, he likes to push the balls through the lions mouth or elephants trunk too, this helps with co ordinations well as being fun.
As I mentioned we bought a pack of play balls separately, we bought a bag of 100 balls and this is just the right amount to cover the pit.
Being a pop up structure it can be folded up and stored back in the box at times when its not being used, we have only ever done this once and it was reasonably easy to do but now we just leave the ball pit up all the while as Jayden plays in there everyday at some point. The instruction ;leaflet shows how to fold the ball pit back up.
With the ball pit being quite tall it will last Jayden a few years and I'm sure as he gets older he will use the structure for imaginative play too.
Tesco currently have this for sale at £11.20, the recommended retail price is £14.00 . If you are looking for this type of toy then I would definitely recommend taking a look at this, its recommended for children aged 1 year but Jayden has had a lot of fun with this since he could sit up on his own. The Carousel First Ball Pit can be used indoors and out making it an ideal toy for all year round.