Whilst at our caravan a few weeks ago it was lovely and sunny and my granddaughter who is 3 wanted to play outside. We took her to the shop to choose some outdoor toys and she was attracted to this set.
In the pack you get two plastic disks which have a little handle on one side which fits over your hand and a Velcro-like material on the other and this is the side which faces out from the palm. Along with this you also get a fluffy tennis ball. The set is very colourful, we have a bright green and orange one so it really stands out and I think that is what attracted my granddaughter to it in the first place.
The aim of the game is not to pass back and forth like you would with tennis but to simply catch the ball. It was a bit odd at first as you're so used to just hitting something back but with these you just have to put your hand up to where the ball is heading and then it sticks to your bat, you then take it off and throw it to the next person. My granddaughter loved it and I realise it's a very good game as they don't have to do two things- hit the ball and aim it. Instead they just have to try to catch it so it is kind of the beginning of the learning process for games like tennis and things.
The bat itself is quite large so it has a good sized surface area in which to aim for the ball. This entertained my granddaughter for a good half an hour and she loved it because she was really enjoying it. I personally found it a little boring but I guess this isn't aimed at someone my age!
I do recommend it as it certainly was fun for a 3 year old!
My son loves time spent outside but as an only child he often gets bored and asks an adult to go out and play with him. At home this is fine as we have things both inside and out which we can play together but at my parents they don't have many things for my son to play with and so I was pleased when my Mum told me that she had picked up a Chad valley catch a ball set from Argos as part of a three items for ten pounds promotion which was running. My son has the tobar set somewhere at home and loved to play with it so I knew the concept of it would be a hit.
The catch ball set comes packed very simply in a net bag much like you get a bucket and spade wrapped in at the beach or something! It looks basic and simple but to be fair for the £3.99 price tag I wouldn't really expect a whole lot more anyway! Inside the netting you get two catchers and a tennis ball with which you can play the simple catching game. The catchers are covered with a green and purple coloured Velcro and so they are very neutral looking and I am sure both boys and girls would be happy to play with them.
The idea of this game is that you attach the catchers to the hand in which you would be most comfortable catching a ball using the strap at the back and we have had no issues at all in making these attach to my son's hand or an adults hand and so they are good for everyone really. Players can then take it in turns to throw the tennis ball which is a bit fluffy and so will stick to the catcher pad if you manage to get it to land on there. The game is simple but I think a fun one for people of all ages and it is good for some exercise too if you play it in a good sized area such as a park or beach as you can spread out even further and have a real good run around and not even notice that you are even doing any exercise.
My son has had this set at my parents house for a couple of months now as my Mum bought it during the unseasonably hot weather early on in the year. We do spend alternate Sundays at my parents and my son also goes on some nights for his tea if I am working and so he has had plenty of play out of this set. My only issue with it is that we have already had to use superglue to stick the Velcro back down to the plastic base of the catcher as it was lifting up with the tennis ball and was in danger of coming off completely. Now we have used superglue on it is does seem like new again and there is no difference in terms of enjoyment playing the game and such like but I suppose you can tell that it is a cheap product with the fact that the Velcro began to come off in the first place.
My son enjoys playing this game and will play it on his own sometimes at my parents, throwing the ball against the wall with one hand and trying to catch it with the catcher and as such he has got better at judging how to catch the ball using the catching pad. It is always a bit hit and miss as to whether anyone will catch it during a proper game with my son but it is fun all the same and so I would recommend it!
As I said the set costs £3.99 from Argos and for a toy which encourages outdoor play, exercise and will help improve hand eye coordination I think it is a good buy, just be mindful of the fact that you are never going to get wonderful quality for the price.
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When we are at the caravan, I like to ensure if we have nice weather, we are on the beach and to stop Lauren from getting bored, we have a stack of outdoor toys.
One that I have just brought is the catch ball.
What you get is two round plastic discs measuring around 19cm each which have Velcro on one side and a tennis ball. On the back of each catcher, there is an adjustable Velcro strap so you can secure it to your hand. The aim of the game is to throw the ball to you opponent and they catch it on their disc.
We have had hours of fun with this, it is quite funny to throw the ball to my other half at ridiculous angles and watch him 'dive' into the sand to try and catch, Lauren also loves to watch this and sits giggling as we play.
Lauren also loves to play with this, it is great at working her hand eye co-ordination, and I tend to start by throwing it directly at her but then try and make it a little more difficult.
The ball sticks nicely to the catchers so much so that sometimes my daughter cannot pull it off and I have to help.
I brought mine from Argos, it retails at £3.99 but at the time, was part of the 3 toys for £10 offer. I have also seen this available in Tescos for the same price.
The colours are quite nice and vibrant, the catchers are blue with purple and green Velcro and the tennis ball was also purple and green. The ball is smaller than the average sized tennis ball, but if you lost this, I could see no reason why you couldn't play with any tennis ball.
It states suitable from 3 years which I think is pretty accurate, any younger and I think they would struggle to hold the catcher.
The only downside is that the product does feel a little flimsy, but then again, for less than £4, I shouldn't expect too much.
I have actually gone out and brought another set so that now we can all play together.
Overall, I would recommend, this is really cheap and has given lots of laughs and fun time on the beach.
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I wanted to get my daughter some new garden toys for the recent sunny weather e have been having. After searching the Argos website I realised they had an offer on selected outdoor toys, 3 toys for just £10. I've nearly always got Argos vouchers in my purse so this offer was perfect. One of the toys I selected was this Chad Valley catch a ball set.
This catch a ball set includes one ball and two catchers. The catchers have a diameter of roughly 20cm, they are made from a lightweight plastic and the front of the catchers have a green and purple velcro covering, towards the bottom of the back is a velcro strap. The ball included in the set is quite small, I would say it's a little bigger than a golf ball and is green and purple in colour.
I have fond memories of playing on the beach with a set similar to this one so I guess that's the real reason for choosing this set as it isn't the most suitable ball game for my 2 year old daughter. The idea of the game is to throw the ball and the other person has to catch it with the velcro catcher then throw it back again and so on.
When I put the catcher on my hand it feel comfortable as the velcro strap on the back can be altered to the size that feels the best for you. As it is located at the bottom, the rest of my hand covers the back of the catcher well. I have quite small hands with dumpy fingers so I guess it could be quite awkward for people with larger hands and their fingers sticking out above the catcher.
The ball is quite lightweight so it is easy to throw, the material of the ball means that once the catcher has caught the ball it sticks to the velcro very well. As it sticks so well it can sometimes prove difficult to get the ball back off of the catcher and from being pulled off with quite a bit of force it has left the material on the ball stating to fray. We've only had the set for a few months and it's getting quite bad already so I think we will be lucky if the ball lasts the summer.
Like I said before, this set isn't really suited for my 2 year old, Argos say that it is recommended for children above the age of 3 and I would say that's about right. Saying that, my daughter does enjoy having the catcher on her hand and likes me to throw the ball at it, so she is getting some play out of it. Me and my friends tend to have the most fun with this set.
This catch a ball set works out at £3.33 when purchased as part of the 3 for £10 toys offer, if it's purchased on it's own it will cost £3.99. I think it's good value for money. If I remember correctly, the sets like this that I've had in the passed have also had the same problems with the ball fraying, but as it still works and sticks to the velcro, it isn't much of a problem for now. The fun to be had with this set definitely outweighs the fraying ball.