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      27.04.2012 22:43
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      An excellent addition to any ball or swimming pool!

      The Chad Valley Playballs are multicoloured with blue, green, red and yellow balls being contained within a blue netted bag which features a zip to keep them contained whilst not in use. It says they are suitable for children aged 9 months plus which I feel is about right, my son was around the 8 month mark when I first used them for him. The pack cost me £4.99 from Argos which I reserved and collected to avoid delivery. If buying and having home delivered you may find there are delivery charges to add on top of the selling price.

      I bought my son a large pool that could be used for either water or balls when he was around 8 months as by this point he had the ability to sit up unaided and could pick up toys and play with them. While using the pool indoors I wasn't prepared to use water and so instead I bought these balls to fill it up although I didn't know that 100 balls wouldn't be anywhere near enough. Rather than end up overflowing I decided to use the one pack of balls so he could move around and have other toys in there to play with. I found that the net bag was useless, after a couple of uses the zip burst and I was left with 100 plastic balls and no-where to keep them. I ended up storing them in a black bag but it wasn't the most ideal situation.

      When my son was younger he would try to bite the balls whilst he was teething, I found that although they easily squashed they popped back into shape majority of the time. There were a couple of occasions they were too misshapen to be used and so had to be binned instead. I also liked to use these balls whilst the pool had water in. As they are so lightweight they floated and as he got older he still enjoyed playing with the balls in the water. As they are so squishy and lighweight there is no chance of injury with these which I am happy about. They can be thrown jumped into and all sorts and they wouldn't harm children which is good as they are a children's toy!

      Overall these balls are great, they are bright and colourful and very appealing to children not only babies and toddlers but beyond. They are great for a ball pool at home as well as being added to water. They stay clean and in shape most of the time and generally seem excellent value for money. The only downside to this purchase is that the bag breaks easily and you have to find an alternative to store them in but overall an excellent buy.

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      03.01.2012 19:27
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      filling the ball pool with colour!

      These Chad Valley play balls are available in a bag of 100. They are multi coloured (red, yellow, blue and green). The balls measure 6cm in diameter. These balls are suitable for children over the age of 9months and should be used under adult supervision.

      The balls are packed into a transparent, blue net bag which features a zip to keep them in place. The balls can also be bought in pink.

      ~Price~

      Current selling prices for a pack of 100 multi coloured balls :

      *Argos - £4.99

      ~Our Thoughts~

      As a baby, my son received a small ball pool. We received a bag of Chad Valley play balls with it and one bag was the perfect size to fill this small ball pool. My son only asked for two things from Santa this year - a scooter and a Thomas the Tank ball pool (or a ball pip as he calls it). My fiance decided we had enough room for this ball pool so bought it. We already had some of the Chad Valley balls in the cupboard and some Asda balls too but decided to purchase an addition bag from Argos. £4.99 for 100 isn't a bad price but you should take into consideration how big the ball pool actually is before selecting how many bags to buy!

      The net bag holding the balls in place isn't the best. The zip burst on ours 10minutes after opening it up so had to be thrown in the bin. The balls are relatively small and smaller than the Asda ones we have but are perfect for a baby to hold or a toddler to throw around. There is a good mix of the primary colours in the bag and each colour is bold and bright. The balls have a smooth texture and are nice and squidgy without being too soft. They do not feel uncomfortable to sit on and even support my own weight without being damaged.

      ~Thomas Ball Pool, Play Balls and Boo...~

      My fiance is a bit naive about how many balls would be required for this ball pool. Knowing we still had some stored and buying one new bag, he assumed that would be sufficient. The ball pool we have is 126 x 99 cm and has a 410 litre capacity so is much bigger than a baby ball pool. We poured the 100 balls in and had a laugh as the 100 balls barely covered the flat surface of the ball pool. We added the stored balls in including the few bigger Asda ones and I could still see the blue base of the ball pool. This was going to be a costly purchase!

      Anyway, Boo enjoys the experience of playing in his ball pool. These balls can be squashed easily but pop back into shape quickly. We have made a trip to Argos and purchased another 2 bags of these balls and the ball pool looks fuller now. I prefer there to be lots of balls to avoid my son accidently bumping off the floor when he dives into the pool. These could be used in water too as they are extremely light weight.

      My son has always enjoyed playing with the balls and from a young age, was transfixed by the bright colours. They are light enough for a baby or toddler to throw around and when thrown into the air, will not hurt your child (or a parent) if they make contact with your body. The balls are much like the ones in play centres though are a bit smaller. They provide a soft landing if your child wishes to slide down a chute into the ball pool (as my son used to do with his small ball pool).

      My son has his ball pool in his bedroom and has so far been able to fall asleep in it so the balls must be comfortably and cosy to lie in! His cousin has been down to play and they have had fun throwing the balls to each other within the pool.

      ~Conclusion~

      These play balls are of a high quality and very attractive to a baby or toddler. When packed into a ball pool, they look appealing and are very fun to throw around or "splash" in. Both I and my son can highly recommend these balls. The original set (minus a few which have gone missing) are still in excellent condition with no fading or damage after approx. 3years. They are perfectly safe under supervision.

      Thanks for reading x

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        03.12.2011 12:55
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        100 play balls

        Playing with a ball has become my little girls favourite thing to do and with this handy bag of balls she has 100 to choose from!

        We initially bought this set last Christmas to go into a pop up ball pit we had bought for our little girl. The ball pit is great, it's round and big enough for an adult to sit with but only came with about 10 balls which in my opinion was definitely not enough. There were some beanbags that came with it too but I think the whole point of a ball pit is to really get covered with all the balls and to be able to move about with them, so this is why we decided to buy a big pack of extra balls.

        The balls came in a nice see through plastic zip up bag which has been great for storage of the balls. Usually we keep the ball pit up in my little girls room and just have the balls in there but we like to rotate her toys around so she plays with different things and doesn't get bored so when the ball pit has been down this bag is perfect.

        The balls themselves are made of a lightweight plastic and have quite a thin shell to them so it makes it very easy for little hands to pick them up. This is a great benefit when you are throwing them because it doesn't hurt when you or your little one inevitably gets hit with them. The balls are the size of a tennis ball so easy for little hands to pick up too.

        The balls are also a little bit squishy because of the consistency of the thin plastic so this makes them very easy to pick up. My little girls throwing and catching skills have in my opinion really improved and developed with these balls as we like to throw them back and forth and kick them as well and they do no harm in the house which is nice.

        The balls are all different colours which is great as we get to learn our colours in a fun playful way. I like to make a game of it and always say to my little girl, "can you find me the yellow ball" or "throw me the pink ball" etc etc.

        All in all, £10 for a bag of 100 is a really good investment for fun, learning toys!

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        06.08.2011 14:31
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        Great for kids, annoying for parents!

        I had an accident and required surgery on my knee when my daughter was 6 months old. As a single parent with a plaster cast from my ankle to my thigh and a pair of crutches this only meant one thing, disaster. I had to come up with ways to keep her occupied and happy in one place, that's when I came up with the idea of a ball pit.

        I purchased a blow up paddling pool and set about looking for some balls to fill it. The first place I looked was ELC but there was no way I'd pay their prices, at £10 for 100 balls this seemed crazy. That's when I came across Chad Valleys play balls.

        The play balls come in a bag of approximately 100 balls for £4.99, half the price of ELC, so I snapped up 3 bags. The balls are packed in a zip up meshed bag, I kept the bag so that I could store the balls away easily when they were not in use. It amazing to think that it actually fits 100 balls inside once they are all packed away.

        The balls have a 6cm diameter, a perfect size for when Kacie began to sit in the ball pit as she loved putting everything in her mouth, these were too big to squeeze in but big enough for her to grasp. They come in bright red, yellow, blue and green colours. These bright colours are a great stimulant for younger children.

        The problem I've had with these balls is that they are generally quite weak, it doesn't take much to squash them. That also means it doesn't take much to squeeze them back into a ball shape but after doing this it does leave marks where it was dented.

        While Kacie was more of a baby the ball pit was the only use we got out of the balls. As she got older she started enjoying throwing them, and now she is learning to catch with them. Because they are so lightweight I know I can throw them in her direction and if she doesn't catch them they won't knock her out! We also use them in the paddling pool outside now the weather is getting better. She likes me slamming them into the water so that the water squirts her and them throwing them back at me to start all over again.

        Chad Valley Play Balls are available from Argos at £4.99, and after a quick google also available from Amazon for £11.99, I know which one I would choose!

        Overall I'd recommend these balls. They served the first purpose I bought these for and kept Kacie happy in one place for quite a while. I did get rid of the ball pit downstairs after a few months as it took up too much room, I kept finding the balls everywhere, but managed to get them all upstairs. Now she secretly throws them down the stairs just to get on my nerves!

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          21.04.2011 08:20
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          Plastic play balls from Chad Valley

          Since becoming mobile at around 7 months one of my greatest challenges has been trying to keep my twin boys in one place for longer than a few minutes. After them playing in a ball pit with plastic play balls in for over 45 minutes at a toddler group we go to, it was decided, I was purchasing a ball pit with plastic balls as a way to keep them from causing mischief. To go with the ball pit (a blow up paddling pool) that I purchased I also purchased three packs of Chad Valley Plastic Play Balls.


          ***Chad Valley Plastic Play Balls***
          A pack of Chad Valley Plastic Play Balls contains approximately 100 plastic balls. These balls are multi-coloured. In the packs we purchased the balls are red, yellow, blue, green and blue. The balls are made from a thin PVC plastic and are 60mm in diameter. The balls are perfect spheres but because the insides are hollow and they are made from a thin material they can be squeezed and squashed.

          The balls come in a clear plastic rectangular carry case with a handle to carry the case. The case zips opens around the top and is relatively easy to store as it is around 60cm wide by around 40cm high.

          Chad Valley states the balls are suitable for children 9 months and older. I purchased these for my boys when they were 8 months old. Personally I feel that once a child can sit up unaided these balls are suitable to be used in a ball pit. Although at this age my boys were constantly supervised with the balls.


          ***Availability***
          The Chad Valley Plastic Play Balls are sold by a number of retailers including Argos, Tesco and Amazon. I purchased these play balls from Argos for £4.99 a pack. These are relatively cheap however if you are using to fill a standard small ball pit you will need around 2 packs. We have quite a large blow up paddling pool/ ball pit we use these in so my two boys have plenty of space and have 3 packs.


          ***Playing with them***
          Once the (large) ball pit/ paddling pool we use is inflated it's a case of tipping the balls out of the soft plastic carry cases into it and letting your child play inside.

          For babies who are less mobile I found a ball pit is a great way of keeping children in one place whilst being entertained. I started using this properly from around 9 months old when my boys could sit and crawl and would set up ours in the kitchen whilst preparing tea so I could supervise my boys constantly and know they were safe as they were within the pit playing with the balls and different soft toys as opposed to crawling around a room and trying to get into various cupboards. Once your child is able to stand you do need to take care of them climbing in and out of the ball pit and they can then escape, which takes away the luxury of a ball filled playpen. Once my boys got to around 13 months old they because perfectly capable of doing so without the need for me to act as a cushion/ bumper but do still play around the ball pit even if they are not penned inside of it.

          I was initially a little disappointed in the quality of the balls as they felt quite flimsy and thin. This does mean that they squash and get noticeable creases on the balls after regular play. However it also means that they are quite safe for children to play with as they are so light so even if they throw them at another child, or throw they and they hit themselves it won't hurt them. Some thicker plastic play balls would hurt; the ones traditionally used at soft plays definitely are a lot thicker than these from Chad Valley. I feel because the balls are so light children less than 9 months old could play with these balls providing they are supervised and able to sit up unsupported.

          The balls are a lot of fun and definitely more of a fun toy rather than educational. Older toddlers and children seem to enjoy throwing them and jumping into a ball pit full of plastic play balls. I am actually quite surprised that my friend's 6 year old who has a very low attention span can spend over 10 minutes jumping in and out of the ball pit into the play balls. For younger babies there are some developmental elements to the play balls, this can be quite a sensory experience feeling the different textures and feeling the play balls move around them. Encouraging them to pick up the play balls practices fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. My boys are now 15 months and I now sometimes ask them to pick up and give me a certain coloured ball as they are multi-coloured which is quite a fun but educational game.

          Although primarily used within a ball pit you can use these balls for other purposes and games, for example playing catch. The plastic play balls are slightly limited in the use as a traditional ball and ball games because they are so light. When thrown the balls veer off or need to be thrown quite hard to ensure they move through the air. For a young child this is quite difficult.

          The balls can be cleaned with a damp cloth; however this could be a very laborious task considering the sheer quantity of balls in a pack (multiplied by three in our case). If I see a ball that has sticky marks on I would wipe it over but generally don't mix food and the ball pit together which enables me to keep these clean.

          Putting the balls away is a bit of a pain as a parent. Considering we have around 300 balls to go back into three cases this does take some time. Especially as my boys throw the balls out of the pit and under the sofa. Once put away into the carry cases it is surprising how compact the cases are considering what they are holding. The carry cases are flexible but also can be stocked on top of each other which is handy if like us you have more than one case of these. I would imagine most parents would purchase two of these packs to fit a small ball pit.


          ***Overall***
          These are not a stand-alone toy and should be used in a ball pit or similar but are a great fun toy suitable for young babies and also older toddlers. I always find these come out if I want to keep my two 15 month olds entertained alongside my friend's older toddlers if I am babysitting. For younger babies this is a great sensory experience allowing them to explore different textures and develop their fine motor skills picking up the balls. For older toddlers jumping in and out of the ball pit and throwing the balls around is also lots of fun.

          The balls are quite flimsy so I do feel they squash easily. Although they do go back to their original sphere shape you do get some noticeable creases on the balls when they have been played with regularly. However the fact these are flimsy and light is great if you have more than one child as if they do throw these at each other there is less chance of injuries and more suitable for younger babies to play with being so light.

          Great fun for children, just not so fun for parents tidying up and putting these away.

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          14.04.2011 14:30
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          Good Outdoor Fun With A Lot Less Mess Than Sand.

          With the weather recently improving, my four year old son couldn't wait to get out in the back garden for a bit of play. After a general tidy up and a quick game of get the outside toys from the shed without getting spiders on you..brrrr... We were ready to go.

          Well, almost, anyway. Unfortunately the sand in the sand pit, which didn't fit in the shed, had seen better days, so I emptied it out and not fancying a trip to Toys R Us, I decided to utilise the 2 bags of playballs that I'd purchased at the end of last summer in the Argos sale and create a mini ball pit for the boy to leap about in.

          The balls come in a zip up bag which I'll keep hold of, as it will make storage a lot easier than throwing them loose into the spider infested shed. The bag and the playballs are good quality too, as you would expect from Chad Valley.

          You get approximately 100 balls per bag in various bright colours, they are relatively lightweight too, which is a bonus as they tend to be hurled about the garden and inevitably a direct head shot will be achieved, usually as I'm about to sip my cup of tea.

          My wife and I now use the term "incoming" on a regular basis, so we can at least brace ourselves for impact! The positive aspect of this is that our son's hand eye co ordination is improving by the day, so Phi "The Power" Taylor better watch his back!

          Both Mum and I prefer the playballs to sand, as they don't cause so much mess and the little lad doesn't seem to be complaining about the swap over at the moment so it's all good.

          Anyway, I'm so glad I got these when I did, as I paid £4.99 per pack. A bargain buy that will hopefully provide many hours of fun play through the summer months.

          5 Stars not just from me but also from the whole family!

          Thanks for reading,

          Moon Out

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            24.03.2011 12:05
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            great balls for little hands

            My daughter was bought a massive ball pool for her second birthday and I do mean massive it filled our small front room so needless to say I purchased a fair few of these packs. The packs tend to cost £5 but at the time Asda were selling the packs at 2 for £8 which was a great bonus for me since I was buying so many. I have seen these in Tesco, Asda and Argos although I'm sure there will be other places that sell them.

            The balls come in a mesh blue bag with a zip fastening around the top, when you buy these they are fastened with a little bit of plastic, probably so children can't let the balls loose all over the shops!! The balls are in 5 different colours, blue, pink, yellow, orange and green, all of these are more pastel shades which I liked as I find bold colours seem to be more for boys than girls.

            The balls are obviously very easy to release from the bag as it is simply a case of snapping the plastic and opening the zip, the mesh bags have since come in very handy for putting underwear through the washing machine. It is surprising just how many of these you actually need to cover the bottom of a ball pool and I now wish she had gotten a much smaller one.

            At two year old the balls held their shape and were pretty strong plastic, the balls when thrown from the ball pool as of course a child will do don't hurt although if thrown by an adult like my daft sister they can actually hurt. My daughter is nearly four now and the balls are beginning to be a bit batted and dented so they really have lasted a while before we got to this stage and obviously she is getting heavier so maybe they may not have lasted so long if she had got them at 4 rather than 2.

            The balls are still good enough to play with and it won't be long until my 6 month old starts playing in them too, I would certainly recommend these as they are not badly priced and have provided many hours of fun for my daughter plus the daft adults around me too!

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              28.10.2010 12:23
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              These playballs are great for kids.

              I paid £5 for a bag of 100 which sounds like a lot of playballs but we needed at least 4 to fill up by son's ball pit. These balls are good value though because most others are more expensive. They come in a nice handy zip up bag so when you have finished with them they can be easily stored away.

              These balls are lots of fun either in a ball pit or on their own. My son loves to roll them along the floor or play with them in the bath and for the price I paid I cannot fault them at all. It does say 3+ on them but I can't see anything that can harm my son on them so he has had them since he was 7 months old. My son is also learning to throw and catch with them as they are just the right size for his little hands and are easier for him to catch than a big ball.

              The balls are lovely and bright and are yellow, blue, pink, green and orange so are useful to try and teach kids colours using them.

              One of the things that I like about them is that they are nice and sturdy and my son can sit and jump on them without them becoming squashed so they are all still in really good condition and I think they will last for a long time to come.

              I would recommend these to anyone with kids as you can't go wrong with simple things to keep them entertained.

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              25.10.2010 12:52
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              An OK safe ball to fill your ball pit with!

              For my daughters birthday I brought her a princess carriage ball bit and began to look for balls to fill it. As they are apparently seasonal tesco and Asda did not have any available so I went to Argos where I found a pack of 100 for £4.99 a bargain in my eyes.

              They are described as solid colour balls but I do not agree with this. They are made of a thin plastic and within 2 minutes of my daughter being in the ball pit and sitting on the balls some were flattened. I can get them to round again but not a perfect ball which is not a problem as they are still usable.They are bright lovely and colourful and do exactly what they say on the box. Also the balls can be used in a ball pit or in water and my children like to use them to play catch with.

              The balls are nice and small for little on to pick up and are suitable from 9 months plus. They come in a multi coloured zip up bag which is good for storage. They are very light weight which is good as no chance of little one hurting themselves. These balls seem to get everywhere when your tidying them away and can take a little while to put them all back in the bag.

              I would definitely recommend these balls they are cheap, small for little hand and are very good at teaching children primary colours while they play. A they are so small you do need to bear in mind that there is no way 100 balls will be enough even for the smallest of ball pits we had to buy 4 bags to half fill ours. My children have enjoyed hours of fun even if they are not as strong as they claim to be.

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              25.10.2010 11:20
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              During the summer I bought my daughter a paddling pool from Argos for just under ten pounds, and while it was great when it was nice and hot when the hot weather went it was just going to be stuck in the cupboard! I wasn't very happy with that because my little girl loved it so I wanted her to be able to enjoy it more so I decided to put it into my kitchen come playroom and make it into a ball pool. With this being the first time it was to be used for this purpose I needed some play balls and I came across some Chad Valley Playballs for sale on a local market. The price on the balls was labelled at £4.99 but the stall holder wanted just £2.00 for them so it was a great price.

              The balls come in a large clear pvc zip up bag that is blue all round the edges and the bag is opened with a zip that goes all the way round the top of the bag. Each bag holds 100 playballs and they fit in really neatly. I have kept the bags so I can store the balls easily and keep them tidy when my daughter has had enough playing with the ball pool. The playballs themselves are brightly coloured and there is a variety of colours: pink, yellow, orange, blue, green and purple so they are immediately attractive to children. Playballs are made out of a soft plastic which cannot be broken but if they are stood on they just sort of collapse and its not the easiest thing in getting them back to shape but it can be done. The diameter of the balls is 60mm so that will give you an idea of the size and maybe how many you will need to fill a ball pool.

              As I said the balls are very soft so they can be thrown and there is no danger of them hurting someone or breaking anything. If anything I would say the balls appear a little flimsy but they are a decent quality really and totally suitable for children to play. I put 200 balls into the paddling pool and that was plenty without having any overspill and totally sufficient for my two year old daughter. With there being a good amount of balls in there, it gave enough padding to enable my daughter to safely jump in the pool without hurting herself.

              My daughter has had hours of fun playing in her ball pool and I am sure that will continue for a long time or until she outgrows it and I wonder if she will want a larger one which I have absolutely no idea where I will put!! As well as playing in the ball pool as children do, my daughter also likes to seperate the balls into colours and count them - for some reason she is completely obsessed with counting everything!!! I like the fact that she does this, as she not only gets plenty of fun playing with these she is also learning when counting and putting colours together.

              I have seen these balls for sale in Argos for £4.99 and I think for 100 balls that is a good price, however you will more than likely need at least two sets of them to fill a ball pool to a decent level for your child to play. I would recommend turning a paddling pool into a ball pool if you have the space as it is great fun, and really handy if you find it difficult to get to soft play areas.

              I have to give the Chad Valley Playballs a full five out of five stars as my daughter really does love them and we have great ball fights at times which is also fun!

              Thank you for reading my review :)

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              When my daughter got a ball pit, we decided that the Chad Valley Playballs would be the best ones to accompany it as she had lots of Chad Valley toys and they had all been well made and of a good quality in the past so we felt that the balls would be the same. We paid £4.99 for a big plastic zip up bag of 100 balls from Woolworths (before they closed down).

              The plastic bag they come in is a zip up bag with a little blue fabric handle for transportation. There is blue fabric piping all round the bag and it is also see through so that you can see the balls inside. The bag is big enough to fit all 100 balls inside it nice and neatly. We did keep the storage bag as it was far easier to keep them altogether and not lose any in it and the bag was easy to just store in the cupboard when they were not being used.

              The balls are a soft type of plastic which are a variety of colours - pink, purple, yellow, orange, blue and green. The age range for them was 24 months but we let our daughter have them when she was around 16 months and she was fine. We just didn't put all the balls in the pit at once for safety.

              The plastic of the balls is quite soft and almost flimsy but not breakable flimsy. They can be squashed, stood on, sat on...you name it as long as you don't make a hole in them they will bounce right back into shape. I really like how these are so soft after taking our daughter to places like the Wacky Warehouse where we found the balls to be a lot harder - these ones cause alot less damage to a person or surroundings if they are chucked about!

              The hundred did fill out daughter's baby paddling pool but they did not fill the ball pit up and just 100 looked quite silly in there so it took about another 300-400 balls before there was enough but luckily these were not required until she was a little bit older and we got them half price in Woolworths closing down sale so it was a fair bit cheaper for us.

              The balls are a good bit of fun and my daughter has always enjoyed diving into them be it body first or head first (though I do not approve of the latter!). They are nicely made, definately child friendly and bright and colourful. I do think you can purchase the Chad Valley balls elsewhere seeing as Woolworths is no longer with us.

              The only downside is that the 100 balls look alot more when they are in the bag and deceive you into thinking that they will be enough to fill a ball pit but they won't and you really will need more than the 100. This is the reason the balls lose one star from me.

              Highly recommended.

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              13.01.2010 20:10

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              Loved all round in our house.

              I got these from Argos for £5 a bag for 100 balls. They are brilliant, the balls are smaller in size then the bags ive seen in The Early Learning Centre and Mothercare etc, but they are very durably and half the price of the others ive seen.
              They are quite soft but they dont mishape very easily, they soon pop back into shape.
              when my son manages to get them out of the ball pit he spends all the time chasing after them, he is only 6 months so comando crawls along the floor to catch up with them. when he is in the ball pit he has great fun easily picking them all up and 'swimming' about in there.
              They are really bright in colour and really shiny rather then the dull ones ive seen in other places.

              we have quite a big ball pit, the Beanstalk one from Argos and have 4 bags of balls in there, although I think the normal infatable ball pits would probably need a maximum of 2 bags for a good fill.

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              08.01.2010 13:24

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              Lots of fun

              I bought a 3 bags of these balls for £10 at Tescos. The balls are very colourful but very light weight so are perfect for using in a paddling pool or generally throwing around in a garden.

              The balls come in a handy light carry case so are easy to transport and to clear away after playing with. The full bags are quite bulky though so you do need storage room.

              The balls are multi coloured and although light are quite strong. They can survive being sat on or stood on perfectly well and just bounce back into shape. Although there are 100 balls in each bag it is surprising as to how few that actually looks when you empty them out. You do really need a few bags worth to create a good amount of balls in a paddling pool or ball pit really. If left outside for prolonged periods though the balls will harden and fade in colour so it is best to put them inside when not in use.

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              04.09.2009 15:23
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              100 little's bit of fun

              I brought some chad valley play balls when woolworths had its closing down sale I paid a couple of pounds for them.

              The balls are very colourful and have a assortment of colours, the colours are yellow, blue, green, orange and pink.

              They are 100 balls and they come in a clear plastic pvc zipped up bag, which is handy to use to store them after play.

              I brought these with the intention to use in a paddling pool however my daughter and son decided that they would go on the trampoline so when they bounced the balls would bounce too.

              The play balls are quite a thin plastic and can be squashed very easy.

              I have tried to reshape them but they often don't pop back into perfect ball again however, they are perfectly useable still.

              However if used in a baby ball pool or something simular I am confident they would last a lot longer, than on a trampoline.

              This could be because the game my kids play is to jump on certain colours.

              The orginal price for a bag of these was £4.99 and although woolworths are no longer open, Argos and tescos sell them at around the same price.
              Although I know argos sells them also in pink.

              We often take a pink and blue ball with us when we go swimming. I use them as a swimming aid by floating them in the water and getting my son to push the blue ball across with his hands when practicing a front crawl.

              My daughter is younger so she tends to throw in and then doggy paddle to retrive it. Because of the size she can easily grab hold of it.

              The chad valley balls are also good to help teach younger children some basic colours and basic maths. My daughter sorts the balls into colours and we count all of them. We have 78 balls, I am sure the remaining ones have proberly been thrown over into next doors garden or have been binned due to being squshed to many times.

              The balls are hard wearing and are cheap enough to buy.
              The only problem with them is when it's tidy up time.

              These suit children of all ages and are ideal for a bit of fun.

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                28.09.2008 15:04
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                The kids love 'em and all that bending to clear them up is good for your waist.

                These are multi-coloured soft plastic balls similar, but not the same, as those found in public playbarn type ball pits. They can be used in various ways. Like many people I fill a normal inflatable paddling pool with them. Don't be fooled that 100 balls will give a great deal of cushioning, even in the smallest of pools. I use a deep three-ring pool and it takes 600 to fill it adequately. This works out at nearly £30 worth of balls!! Not such a cheap toy after all.

                The balls are much softer than the balls used in public playbarns and are therefore less sturdy. I have used these balls for about three months and have had to throw away about 40 due to them splitting or becoming compressed.

                Despite needing many more than I originally estimated, and the loss of a few due to wear and tear I have to say that my son has had tons of fun out of this product. We have used them in the bath and a paddling pool full of water and he has learnt to throw fairly accurately using these balls (OK, a little too accurately if you're trying to watch the telly and don't want a ball in your face!) I am also using these balls to help teach him colours.

                There are drawbacks of course. Storing the balls can be a problem, initial cost of a decent quantity is unexpected, and they do tend to get EVERYWHERE!!! Tidying up at bedtime can be an arduous task if MiniBob has had a throwing fest !

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                Make your very own fun, bouncing ball pit at home with this bag of 100 brightly coloured Playballs from Chad Valley! Fill up a paddling pool with these for a cool kids play time. Suitable for ages 3+