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Chad Valley Catch A Ball Set
Member Name: cornishchic
Chad Valley Catch A Ball Set
Advantages: Fun, cheap
Disadvantages: Ball frays from sticking to the velcro
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.
Summary: A fun ball game