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When I think of Chad Valley I think Big, Bold and Built to last and a good majority of the products are. ChadValley are known for the production of Children's toys and being safe as well as extremely good quality. Although they've been around for a while I also don't seem to see many products by them anymore either.
What do the balls look like
Well a ball is a ball, they're approximately 4 inches in size and various different colours e.g.; blue, green, yellow, red, etc... They come in a netted blue bag and that's about it to be honest. There's nothing extravagent about them and there's nothing too special either - it's simple packaging for a simple product.
What are they used for
I bought a pop up Buzz Lightyear rocket which I use as ball pit when it's up and ready which my son loves as it allows him to play with the balls and pretend to be whatever he is pretending to be which I can never make up my mind about. The most my son does it throws the balls and wave his arms in them or kick them. There's not a lot else that they can be used for so a ball pit is the best really although you could also put them in a swimming pool with water in the summer. On the other hand there are only 100 balls per bag and where this may sound like a lot it actually isn't and I found that I needed 200 balls to be able to allow my son to have a decent amount of balls for a ball pit.
Wear and Tear
The balls are only plastic so you wouldn't expect them to last too long but in any case they seem to disapear anyway so I don't actually know why they disapear although I haven't lost many. They are easy to mishape as they're hollow as well so it's not like there's value for money behind them.
The minimun wage would be a minimun of 12 months with a supervising adult but I would say that I wouldn't supervise a seven year old as I think that at seven a child is old enough to not hurt themselves and be sensible enough with them.
Value for money
I think that £10 is a bit pricey really and I think that realistically they're probably only really worth £3 for 100 so I do think £10 is way too much to spend on the balls - after all a lot will get lost and they wont exactly last long as the plastic is thin. The only variations that I've seen with these balls is that you can get mostly blue balls with silver balls or mostly pink balls with silver balls... There are offers in the early learning center where you can buy three bags (300 balls) for the price of two (200) so £20 - even then I still think it's too much money to ask for really (taking into consideration what they actually are).
I would recommend a cheaper bag of 100 balls if there are any as £10 is way too much and they're not worth it really as they will get lost or flattened andd to face the facts they're not going to be played with every night because it's too much to tidy up all of the time. I don't think I'd recommend these to a friend and I'm rating this two out of five stars because they're, in some respects, a waste of money.
100 balls?? How much fun could kids have with that lot?? The answer, according to a 3 year old, is '100 funs'!!!
Incredible value again from Chad Valley, under a tenner for 100 plastic balls is cheap in my eyes. We bought a bag of these a while ago just to mess about with, and help our boys co ordination in catching, kicking etc.
The bright colours are appealing and they come in a neat zip up bag to try and keep them tidy!!
We have the majority of these out in the garden, our boy loves to sort them into colours, throw them around the garden, and at me!!! Because they are so light and soft they are easy for him to handle and throw, and he can't really do much damage with them at all.
He also likes watching me to juggle them (not all 100, just the3!) and I get asked to do this most days!!
The possibilities are endless with these, they get used in diggers as 'building materials', sorted, thrown, kicked and occasionally bitten! The durable plastic means they're safe and pretty much indestructable too.
We bought my son a ball pit and plastic play balls for the garden last year as he was barely walking and we felt that this was something that he could play in safely. This year, at age 2, and a confident walker/runner/climber etc he still loves his play balls. Being bigger and having inevitably lost a few balls along the way to damage or the wind, we decided to top up his supply this year.
We opted for this set of 100 play balls by Chad Valley at Argos simply because they offered by far the best value for money of any that we could find. The set cost us £4.99, so that works out at less than 5p per ball which seemed brilliant value. The set we opted for contains a variety of brightly coloured plastic balls - red, yellow, blue and green but there is also a more traditionally 'girly' set available with balls of different shades of pink.
The balls come in a mesh/net bag that zips up around the top. It also has a carry handle. This is not the most resilient of storage bags - I have managed to put my finger through the net a few times resulting in several holes, but it does hold the balls together nice and compactly. The balls themselves are lightweight and made of quite a thin plastic. I would say that they are not as good quality as the ones that we purchased previously from Early Learning Centre but they are pretty decent given the price. They do compress quite easily which is not ideal given my son has a typical toddler style heavy hand! They do not simply pop back into place every time either so after we have had these out I usually spend a few minutes reshaping the balls.
My son loves playing with these and they usually end up scattered around the garden. We collect them up in colour order so he has learnt his colours and we also practice counting as we put them back in the bag - so we use these for physical skills (throwing, kicking, catching) as well as educational purposes. Overall, these are exceptional value for money and I definitely recommend them to you.
I'm reviewing the Chad Valley playpit balls .
These come in a carry bag containing 100 balls and cost us £5 from Argos.
***WHY I BOUGHT THESE***
We were shopping in Argos last month using a voucher we had been given, and having £4 left over I opted to add £1 and buy these for the two toddlers I look after .
***USING and MY OPINION***
These are very basic non-bouncy plastic balls in green,yellow,red and blue.
They are roughly the size of tennis balls.
While these are really intended for babies to use in a play pit or ball pool I think they can be utilised for games for active toddlers just as well, and that's one of the reasons I picked them up.
The first use they got was when I sneakily decanted them into a black bin-bag, went in the garden where the toddlers were messing round in the paddling pool, and tipped the lot on top of them unexpectedly. They were astonished and delighted and had great fun messing around with them and ended up out of the pool larking around happily throwing them at each other.....the rule being Holly could only throw red and green and Cónal was restricted to yellow and blue.
Because these are so light in construction they won't cause hurt when thrown at another child ,so that issue didn't worry me even though these are not my children and I'm overly protective in many ways. In reality Health and Safety might be offended, but I think as adults we can police our children regarding these issues and know where to draw the line in boisterous play.
The down side of them being so light is that they can get dented or even squashed entirely,but the dents are usually easily popped out and squashed ones simply go in the bin.....so far we've only lost 7 in 4 weeks .
These are best not used around playful dogs because they WILL go fetch and play with them.....which is how we lost 3 (all blue ones for some reason). So we relegate our Kizzy to the dog run when these are in use. Freddy the cat has been pelted at times too, but she simply dodges them gracefully, glares in disgust and struts off haughtily .
We use them in all sorts of games where they get hidden round the house or garden and a reward in the form of a light sweet goes to the first child to find the red ball (the Ruby).
Both toddlers can count to ten easily now, so I incorporate that into the games as well....first one to collect ten/seven/whatever number hidden yellow balls gets the treat for example.Or one child hides 6 or 8 balls and the other must find them (my favoured game where I can supervise from the comfort of a chair). The good thing is that these games can be played indoors in bad weather or as a mixture of indoors and outdoors.
The balls are now called Rubies, Emeralds, Sapphires and Pearls and Holly delights in showing off her knowledge of gem colours when looking at jewellery.
The balls come in a neat net bag with a zip fastener round the top edges and a carry handle in the centre.
The fact that they come in their own bag helps encourage the children in being tidy too, because my two know that all balls must be collected and bagged up at the end of the day, and we even make this a game with allocated colours. I'm a bit anal regarding encouraging children to tidy up after themselves in as much as little ones can. It is never too early to instil this in children in my opinion,and these balls are excellent for that ,especially when tidying up is portrayed as another game rather than a chore or responsibility.
I'm really pleased with these balls. 100 balls sounds a lot, but it isn't really ,and I can't think they'd be sufficient for a decent sized ball pit or pool. I'd say you'd need two bags for that , but for general games rather than being covered in them this number is great.
Would I recommend them ? Yes. We have made great use of them and had fun as well, and what more can one ask for ?
Removing a star for them being easily squashed would be churlish of me when they provide such fun and are plentiful anyway.....so 5 stars from us.
Thank you for reading and I hope it was useful.~~~myloh.
We bought the Chad Valley plastic balls from Argos a few weeks ago for the small price of £4.99 per pack. We had already purchased a small ball pool from Mothercare for my daughter but a similar pack of 100 ball pool balls were £9.99 in there, although to be fair that seemed to be the going rate for a pack of that size in most of the toy stores. These balls by Chad Valley stated that they were suitable from 9 months and a lot of the other balls that we'd come across were only suitable from an older age - some were even only suitable for children over 3 years. The balls are widely available in Argos stores - I purchased them from our local one but reserved them online and they were available in the three local stores that I checked on that day.
They come in a large netting bag, around 45cm x 30cm x 30cm - the bag is a great help with storage as the small ball pool we have is only blown up now and again and once it's not in use we put it back down. Obviously then we need somewhere to store the balls. These bags slide easily on top of a unit we have and fit neatly away. The bag also has a handy zip fastening so no rogue balls can escape once shut and a handle to carry them around with. The balls we have are in pinks and light blue but Argos also sell the same balls in multicolours of blue, green, yellow and red for a more neutral choice. I opted for the pinks to match my daughter's pink ball pool. Chad Valley also sell their own version of a ball pool that these are designed for use in but (as we've done) they can be used in most ball pools at home and it's by no means a necessity to own their branded one. They do come with a couple of warnings - they're only for domestic use and should only be used by children when supervised by an adult.
I was a little concerned when I first bought them as obviously at Argos it's a case of ordering, paying and then receiving the goods after payment and the catalogue stated that each individual ball measured 6cm in diameter. Doing a kind of 'guestimate' using my fingers I thought that might be a bit on the small side before ordering but when I received them I was happy as they seemed fairly standard sized compared to others we'd seen for sale in the other stores. They are definitely not as wide though as ones I've seen in communal play areas. Because they are on the small side compared to those, 100 wasn't anywhere near enough to cover even the bottom of our ball pool. I bought 2 bags (so 200 in total) and these have just about covered the bottom of our small ball pool. Our ball pool is only 1 metre in diameter so a ball pool any bigger than that will probably need more than 2 packs of these, depending on how full you want it to be. Our pool is ample for us at the moment as my daughter is only 12 months old and I bought them with the intention for her to explore and look at really while sitting down - in time when she is older I will definitely need to get more packs in order to make the pool a proper ball pit for her to play and dive in!
The balls have lasted well so far, I was expecting them to squash easily being so inexpensive but although they do sometimes, they seem to pop back into shape well. I have to point out that whenever my daughter sits in the ball pool, she sits on the bottom and plays with one or two at a time - obviously at her age there's no diving around so I can't really comment on how they cope in play with older children, they could possibly end up squashed easily (and permanently) as they aren't made of thick plastic.
I would definitely rate the Chad Valley plastic balls 5 stars based on our use - I'm so glad I didn't purchase similar ones from other stores as they were double the price. They were a great purchase and very good value - when she gets a bit older I'll have no hesitation in buying more packs to fill the ball pool up more.
Thanks for reading :o)
Jayden received these play balls for Christmas along with a little pop up ball pit, the play balls are available from many places both on the high street and online but these came from Argos and cost £4.99.
The Chad Valley Play Balls were packed in a blue net bag with a zip running around the top and a little carry handle making them easy to take home although they are a little bulky to carry around with other shopping, I know this because I was with my mum when she bought them.
You get 100 balls for your money which in my opinion is reasonable value, the balls are made from thin plastic and if pressed will sometimes dent but mostly these dents can be popped out again. The balls come in five colours, red, blue, yellow, orange and green. I'm not sure exactly how many of each colour is in the set but the colours look pretty evenly distributed to me. They each measure approximately 6cm's in diameter.
As I mentioned these play balls were bought to be specifically used with a ball pit and for this purpose they are ideal, Jayden loves to sit surrounded by the play balls and just swish his arms and legs through them. He also likes to lay on his tummy and "swim" in them. The balls are so light and there's no nasty sharp seams on them so he cant come to any harm playing with them.
We have used the play balls out of the ball pit too, they are ideal for bath time, as they float around the bath Jayden likes to try and catch them, he loves this game. The play balls would also be ideal for the sand pit or the paddling pool.
Just recently I have been throwing them to him and although he cant catch them he likes to pick them up and attempt to throw them back, the balls are so light nothing is going to get damaged and this is a lovely way to play with him and also encourage his coordination.
We've been really pleased with our play balls, they have been used everyday at some point since we had them. They don't have to be used just for a ball pit there's many ways little ones can play with them even if its just putting them in a box and then taking them out again, another game Jayden enjoys.
If you are looking for this type of product I would definitely recommend the Chad Valley Play Balls they are well worth the money and can be used indoors and out.