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We live next to an aspiring young footballer, at thirteen years old he's already playing for the youth branch of one of our Midlands teams (Notts County I think, although don't quote me on that!) - Hollie is good friends with his little brother, and after going round to play a few weeks ago she came back in a huff that they have 'millions of footballs and I've only got five'. A quick look in their back garden from our bedroom window confirmed that while they might not have millions of footballs, they do indeed have lots more than Hollie has - but then this is a house full of boys so that might be expected, although Hollie obviously didn't appreciate the argument of 'but they haven't got as many Barbies as you'. With this in mind, when I saw a basket of character play balls reduced to £1.50 in Mothercare I decided to pick a couple up - a Hello Kitty one for Hollie and this Disney Cars ball for her little brother. The Cars ball is a 9" play ball so of a reasonable size for throwing or kicking around the garden, it's fairly tightly inflated and has an easily accessible valve in case you need to re-inflate after it's been played with for a while. After three weeks of play the ball hasn't lost any air at all and is as tight as ever, I suppose time will tell if you're ever going to need to find a pump to fit the valve - although to be honest, for this price if it ever deflated too much I'd probably just replace the ball rather than going to the bother of re-inflating it. The design of the ball is good and would appeal to any Cars fan, obviously at sixteen months David hasn't seen the film but he does have a Lightning McQueen ride-on toy - I spotted him yesterday peering at the large Lightning piccie on the front of the ball and think he may have recognised it from his ride-on, although obviously I don't know this for sure! Still, whether he did or not I think it's good that the manufacturer of the ball has used such a central character in the design as it helps it to appeal to a wide range of children. The ball bounces very well, better than the Hello Kitty one I bought for Hollie, throwing it hard at the ground I can get it to bounce to almost my height (I'm just over 5ft) while Hollie can bounce it higher than her despite the fact that she has such skinny arms that I doubt there's much power in any of her throws! The Cars ball is ideal for just about any ball game you can think of. Catch, football, basketball, general 'throwing' games and anything your little ones decide they need a ball for. Hollie is currently honing her catching skills (after being laughed at in PE for missing a ball which was basically handed to her) so we've spent literally hours in the garden tossing this ball to one another during the three weeks in which we've owned it - she actually prefers this one to the infinitely more girly Hello Kitty ball I chose for her! I'd recommend this play ball to any child really, regardless of whether they are a fan of the Cars film or not. Hollie has seen the film once and recognised the character on the ball but hasn't really shown much interest in incorporating it into Cars games as she would if it were, say, a Barbie or Pooh Bear ball. It has a minimum age of three years, god knows why as a child isn't likely to choke on this 9" ball or do any damage to themselves! The usual price is around £3 which I still think is reasonable for such a sweet looking little play ball, although I'm happy at my half price bargain as it looks like it's going to get a lot of use if the summer ever decides to put in an appearance!
My son is obsessed with all things from the cars movies and with them being from Disney (Pixar) there are literally hundreds of things from the inexpensive to the expensive branded with images from the films. You could easily spend hundreds of pounds buying toys that are associated with the films but there are some cheaper things to get as well such as this ball. The ball only costs a couple of pounds and is good quality for the money. I bought it in my local factory shop but I have seen it in loads of different shops so it is widely available. The ball has a massive picture of Lightening McQueen who is the main character from the films emblazoned on it and it is red so although it is probably aimed more at little boys there is nothing to stop little girls also playing with it. The ball is lightweight and because it is blown up to capacity it is nice and bouncy. The air does deflate a little after a few weeks but nowhere near as bad as some balls I have bought have and it is still fine for using in the garden for a kick about and for throwing at the wall without damaging anything. Because it is so lightweight it is perfect for smaller kids who might have some trouble with using a heavier ball. It is designed to be an outdoor ball and leaving it out in all weathers should cause it no harm. I left it in the garden all winter and it was fine to use whenever we got a nice enough day to spend some time in the garden. The only harm that has come to it is minor and that is that the colour has faded ever so slightly from the ball. For a couple of pounds I think this ball is a great kid's toy. It is cheap and has given my son hours of enjoyment. He has probably used this cheap ball more than some of his much more expensive toys combined and he often uses it even if it is only for a few minutes at a time.
Have you ever noticed how often when you visit a toy shop nowadays, the assistant will ask you, "Would you like batteries with that?" It seems playtime has become a technologically engineered feat and the more beeps and buttons something has the better. But more and more, I find myself preferring the old fashioned simple toys, things that only need a child's energy or imagination to power them, and I don't think anything can beat the old books, balls, and blocks for very young children. Now we certainly have enough balls to play with. My sons have a collection of footballs, rugby balls, inflatable balls, etc... We really did not need another. But my youngest spotted this at Lidyl, and he was feeling quite sorry for himself that day anyway as his brother was on a BB trip. He is desperate to join too, but as he has only just turned 3, he just isn't old enough. He picked this up and his it lit up at Lightening McQueen's bright smiling face. there is just something about a new ball, bright and shiny and full of bounce guaranteed to brighten any child's day, and at £2.99 it did not seem too dear a price to pay. He carefully held on to his purchase, handing it over only briefly for the clerk to scan, but we persuaded him to carry it home in bag as I was afraid he might drop it near the road. He had a grand time with the ball that day, and has had many in the months since. Well inflated, this ball has plenty of bounce and he had fun throwing down so it would bounce before I returned it to him in the same way. This ball is perfect for catch as it is quite light, and for a bit of football in the garden. Being larger than a standard football, it is easy for a small child to kick, and will not travel quite as far as a heavier ball. It is not suitable for proper football practice, as it does not respond in the same way as a real football. Being lighter it is harder to control, it bounces far more wildly, and it is best that children practice with a ball of the same size as they will use on the pitch. However just for a fun game in the garden for wee ones, it is perfect. It is also great fun in the swimming pool - although I have noticed with previous balls that they do tend to fade in colour if left out in the pool in bright sunlight for long periods of time. On one extremely hot day, we even accidentally bubbled up the surface of a Winnie Pooh ball like this, but such warm days are a rarity here. I have only had this ball a few months, but it is still in perfect condition. We have had a number of these balls, although with different characters. While they may well last for years, I have found they tend to lose some of their air, and become a bit smaller and less bouncy within a year. There is a small hole, and looks like it would be a simple enough job to insert a football needle and pump it up again, but this never works. My husband has tried it with a few balls resulting in lovely bouncy balls for an hour or so that are completely flat by morning. But considering the price is under £3, and the fact that the children get hours and hours of fun from these balls, I don't really mind buying a new one each year. Playing ball is a great way to get kids outdoors into the fresh air, to spend quality interacting with your little one, release stress and just have fun. But more and more skills like catching and throwing a ball are being linked to learning in other areas. Ball games improve gross motor skills, balance and physical fitness. But beyond all that I believe that playing ball is just a basic part of childhood that no amount of electronic games can ever replace. I am very happy with this toy. The smile on my sons face matched that on Lightening McQueen's and that alone was worth it. He is even happier with it, and still loves it, months later, when most elctronic toys seem forgotten. My older son, now 6 has also really enjoyed this. I am sure he would give it 5 stars, so I will as well.
With three boys in our household, it's probably no surprise that we have a huge number of different balls, of varying sizes and designs, in our possession. This particular play ball, a Disney 'Cars' branded one, was the choice of my, then, three year old son last Summer. I suspect my son was attracted to this ball because of its distinctive red colouring and the bright image of the lead character, Lightening McQueen, which adorns the front of the ball. Although the original Disney Pixar Cars film came out back in 2006, the recent release of the sequel 'Cars 2' will no doubt ensure that this toy and other related merchandise continue to be a popular choice for little ones. This particular design seems to be quite readily available, both on the High Street and online. We picked ours up from Wilkinson where they are still available now, along with other Disney branded designs including Toy Story 3, for £2.48. This seems to me to be a fairly average and fairly reasonable selling price, given the film branding and the overall good quality of the ball itself. The ball comes ready inflated and is actually a pretty bouncy ball, although it performs best on a hard surface rather than a lawn. It is a reasonable size for most games and is small and lightweight enough for it to be popped in the boot or footwell of even the smallest car, making it ideal for day trips or even carrying across to the park for a decent kick about. The ball itself is considerably softer and lighter than a 'proper' football, making this a preferred choice for some of our ball games, as it doesn't tend to cause quite so many tears when one of my kids inevitably gets caught in the line of fire, particularly when Daddy is in control of the ball! My kids are not renowned for their gentleness, particularly when it comes to outdoor toys, and this ball has been used for all sorts of outdoor ball games, usually football and simple catching games. So far, the ball has proven to be pretty robust, albeit looking slightly grubby and with lots of scratches to what was once a very shiny plastic exterior. It has been left outside in all weathers, however, and has remained in perfectly playable condition. Crucially, the ball has not shown any signs of deflating or significant damage, proving to be fairly robust and suitable for the kind of rough play that you'd expect any decent ball to be able to withstand. My sons have a habit of kicking this over into our next door neighbour's garden, where this ball has been mauled several times by next door's dog, and survived to be played with again (admittedly, we are talking about a yappy terrier, rather than an aggressive rottweiler here!) In terms of age recommendations, I would say this would make an inexpensive little gift for children from around two up to six years of age. My oldest son, at eight years old, finds the design a little too babyish although he is not averse to playing with this when all of his 'proper' balls have found their way over the fence! In all, this is a robust, inexpensive and fun little toy, likely to offer a lot of play value for any young Cars fan.
One of the items which my son received from one of his friends at his birthday party was a nine inch Cars ball. Initially my son was a little bit disappointed with the product telling me that he didn't like Cars but as the new Cars film has just been released I have noticed that he will play with this ball more often now. The ball is a nine inch ball which makes it a great size for young children to have a kick around with I feel as it is not too small at all. It is mainly red in colour and features pictures of the main Cars character Lightening Mc Queen which is good as this is my son's favourite character from the film. It is made from a light plastic and filled with air so it is very light indeed and can be purchased from amazon for £4.00 but you do have a £2.99 postage and packaging charge on top of that so I would advise to have a look in local toy shops as I think this is where it was purchased for my son. We have taken this ball to the park on various occasions to play games because although it is a good size it is very light and so quite easy to transport. Whilst at the park my son has used it to play football and he finds it very easy to kick the ball a long way due to it being quite light. The only problem here is that if it is a bit windy the ball is immediately taken off and you end up having to chase it...still at least it is more exercise! At home my son has played out in the back yard with this ball with his friend where one of them bounced on the trampoline whilst the other one had to throw it over the enclosure to them and then the process would be repeated and reversed. It was amazing how much fun they had doing this and they found it easy to throw the ball as it isn't heavy at all and they could catch it well as it is a good size. As the ball is made from plastic it is suitable for playing with no matter what the weather because if it gets rained on the rain simply drips off and if it gets muddy it is easily washed. I wouldn't like to leave the ball outside all the time though as I do think eventually it would fade with the sun and rain. We have plans to take this ball with us to the beach this summer holidays and again if it gets covered in sand we know that it will wash easily. The only problem with these kinds of balls is that as they are made from quite a light plastic that if they hit anything too sharp they can pop which is obviously upsetting for the child but touch wood this hasn't happened to us with this one yet! I think this is a great ball for children and although it is advised that this is a product suitable for children aged three years and above I see no reason at all why younger children cannot play with this ball as long as they are supervised with it. I think all children would like this ball but more so now that the new film has been released and I would definitely advise to have a look in local toy shops to see if you can get this at a bargain price. Thank you for reading my review!
My son is cars mad so when we saw this ball for sale in our local Early Leaning Centre for £3, I had to buy it. We have had the ball now for over a year and a half and it is still going strong. As mentioned in previous reviews because of the size of this ball (approx 9 inches) it is great for playing catching games with little ones. We have never had to repump the ball up and it still contains a good amount of air. The only problem which has occured with the ball for us is that the pictures of Lightning McQueen have faded quite badly as we left it outside in the sunshine - our fault then - whoops!!! Although I have said this ball is perfect for catching, we have also played football and ten pin bowling with this ball so it can be used for all round fun and entertainment. Basically this ball does everything which a ball should do - it's round, bounces well, can be caught and you can play football and other ball games with it. Perfect.
Disney Cars 9" Ball Our friend was having a clearout of their sons toys, and a few of them found their way to our house! One in particular was this little Disney Cars ball. My little one has only seen the film once, and was not taken by it, though she took to the fun design on the ball and did recognise it, so now it is part of the garden toy collection! I have seen this ball in various shops, all of which sell it at a reasonable price. The top price seems to be around £3.00, and the lower price of £1.00 can be seen in places such as Pound Land. The ball, as mentioned in the title of this toy, is 9" and so perfect for very young ones. The main colours are red and yellow - as per the colours of the main character in Cars, and consists of images recognised from the film - the main picture being that of Lightning McQueen himself! I believe that there are a few other Cars balls with various different designs on them. The ball is made of a well made plastic; not too hard, though not too soft as to break. It is very durable and has lasted a great length of time without a scratch on it. Also, due to its make, it is easy to wipe clean after playtime in the garden. For little ones who love Cars, this is a great addition to their collection, and even little ones like my youngster who doesn't really know Cars, can be entertained by this ball. The size is perfect for both babies and preschoolers.
My little boy is cars mad we have watched the movie so many times and he just never ever gets bored! While shopping in tesco we came across this ball and as soon as he seen it he asked if he could have it at a reasonable £3 I decided to buy it. The ball is brightly colored and has a picture of the main character lightning mcqueen. The rest of the ball is decorated with other images relating to the film which are easily recognisable to any cars fan. You can purchase different balls with different characters on them from the film but these are a little harder to come across. The ball is 9" so perfect for my 3 and a half year old sons hands its not too big but it is a good size so it can be easily found if it rolls away. Also My 11 month old son loves to crawl and chase after the ball and the bright colors encourage him to keep trying. My daughter who is 2 loves to bounce the ball on the wall over and over again so each child at each age group get good use out of it on their own but can also play together with it. We have had the ball from July last year and it has had allot of use both indoor and outdoors. Its soft enough not to hurt a child if it accidently hits them while playing games. The size of the ball makes it useful for many different games and different age groups and lasting all this time without a scratch I think is brilliant. The ball is hard wearing and I believe it would take allot to pop it. Its a fun bright way to get a child up and being active which for me is always a big plus.
My youngest is mad keen on films and ones of his favourites which he still watches on an almost daily basis is Cars. Thus whenever we are out and see anything to do with the film he has to have it! We came across this in a playball in a local discount store a few weeks back and the darn thing has taken over my entire home! The ball is of the usual childrens range of toys intended, and I stress intended lightly, to be played with in the garden. This comes with a simple and fetching red and black design with the face of the lead character from the movie on the front. Well desgined and visually appealing as can be expected. It comes in at around 9 inches and cost me £1.49. Like all these kind of balls there are issues from the off. First and foremost due to being an outside toy it gets scratches and the colour fades straight away. I was disappointed by this as I don't feel the lad was using it too roughly but just general playing and the ball is a mess. It even has little bits of plastic which scratch off and stick out which could cause issues. And of course balls like this tend to deflate slowly over time and cannot be repumped and this one has started doing this already and is suffering. The ball is noticeably flatter after only a few weeks. For a cheap summer toy though its ideal, as a small ball it is easy to fit into the back of the car or in a rucksack but all in all, despite the cheap price and the fact that the little lad loves this, I am very disappointed in the product as a whole particularly its lifespan!
Although Toy story has dominated Disney this last year and a huge success, Disney Cars was and is also a very popular movie, selling merchandise worldwide. This was my sons favorite movie from when he was old enough to say the word car, and lightnin mac as he calls him still is one of his favorite characters. When browsing the early learning online, i saw this 9 Inch ball at a reasonable £2.99 with the famous red car plastered all over it. After buying the ball, and giving it to my son, it has had a fair amount of wear. At 9 inches, it is a great size for little hands to throw it about and play catch. Made from a splashproof and wipe clean plastic, it is hard wearing enough for little hands, but also wipe clean, also importnat when rolled across the grass and mud outside. My son has played with this inside and outside and due to its size is easily transported. Fits nicely into the footwell of the car and we have had fun at the park, and are taking it to the beach this weekend. Now the ball would be really hard to lose due to its vibrant reds and yellows which dont seemed to have greatly marked with the scrapes and washings. I wouldnt want this ball to burst though, as i wouldnt think that it would be salvagable to be honest, but at £2.99, not a huge amount to lose. Early Learning centre claim that this ball helps your child develop coordination, balance and strength, and i can understand this theory. It has certainly helped my son with his exercise, running around after it and also learning to catch. A winner in our houslehold. 5/5