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Last summer I was browsing for some outdoor toys that we could easily carry around with us for when we go on long walks and to country parks when I came across this set in the Disney store for a bargain £12. I thought it looked lovely and as it had a few different toys inside would be perfect for the purpose of travelling with us.
What you get for your money is a very strong transparent sports bag. It has a characters from the little mermaid printed on it in lovely bright colours which was what caught my attention in the first place. As the bag is made of a strong plastic it is easy to wipe clean which is great when young children are using something it always tends to get mucky.
In the bag you receive
Two racquets - These racquets are made of plastic and again have characters from the little mermaid printed on them they are a good size for younger children to hold. There are cushion pads on the handles so it is comfy for little hands to hold them and are all round well made.
Also to use with these racquets are a small plastic ball and a shuttlecock these are both made of plastic and again are well made. They are the perfect size and weight in accordance with the bats and as there is two different options of play for little ones it means if they want to play separately with the bats they can each have a ball or shuttlecock each to play with.
Small football is just that a small plastic football again with the characters printed on them and is perfect for little feet to kick around. There is no danger of them getting hurt as the ball is really light and small enough not to cause a problem.
Frisbee is really light and again has the characters from mermaid printed on them is good weight for little one to be able to throw it and as it is brightly coloured can easily be found if it goes missing.
Skipping rope has cushioned handles with the characters printed on them they seem soft enough to sit comfortably in little ones hands. The rope is the right length for my son who is 4 but a little long for my daughter who is 2. She to be honest is not interested in skipping she prefers the other toys in the pack.
Overall all the parts in this set are really well made I was a little worried as there were so many parts that some of the objects would be flimsy but in fact they are good quality. They are all fit for purpose and designed well for younger children to use them.
The bag and sports kit is suitable for children 3 plus although my young children at 1 and 2 can still take part in using some of the products. They are surprisingly well made for the price and definitely worth the £12 I paid.they have provided hours of fun and a year later are all going strong. The handy carry bag fits the items in comfortably and stops them from getting lost.
I have a sticker chart reward system for my little girl and when it is filled I either give her the option of choosing a toy or take her on a day out. A couple of months ago when she filled her chart I asked her what she would like to do and she said she would like to choose a princess toy. I decided to take her to the Trafford Centre so we could go in the Disney Store and she could pick something from in there. While my daughter was mesmerized with all the Mickey and Minnie Mouse toys I spotted a Little Mermaid Sports bag which looked quite good so I picked it up for her and ended up spending more than intended!!
The Little Mermaid Sports Bag is a cute little sports set which comes in a tough, clear plastic bag which has a thick pink canvas border along with pictures of Ariel, Sebastian (the crab) and Flounder (the yellow fish). The bag fastens at the top with velcro and it is quite a tough fastening as my daughter does struggle to pull it open, much to her frustration!
Inside the bag you will find various sports toys which are predominantly for outdoor use. The toys are:
* Two round racquets
* Two plastic tennis balls
* Skipping Ropes
The racquets are those plastic ones which make a loud sound when you hit the ball with them (kind of like a drum)! There is one blue racquet which features a picture of Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder, and a pink one which features just Sebastian and Flounder. The frisbee is a bright pink colour which has a bright picture of the characters in the centre. The football is quite small and again shows pictures of the characters, as do the handles of the skipping ropes. The range of toys in this set is really good as it contains everything you will need for a day out at the beach or park, or even just to play in the garden.
On a particularly hot day a few weeks ago we took the sports bag to the park and it was the first time that we actually even opened it up to get any of the toys out! It was easy for me to get the toys out of the bag, but my daughter did struggle to get the racquets out as they are a little tight to get in and out so I think the bag could do with being slightly wider. As soon as the toys were out of the bag, my daughter went straight for the frisbee and rather than the usual throwing and trying to catch game she just loved chasing it around and bringing it back (sounds like a game of fetch with a dog doesn't it!). After a quick drink break we decided to attempt a little game of tennis, of course with a three year old it isn't going to flow fantastically but we had a great time trying, which then reverted to her requesting that I hit the ball as hard as I can and then she could just run around after it!! Throughout the afternoon we all had a good play with the toys in the set, but the skipping ropes weren't really bothered with that much but I put that down to the fact that she is so young and skipping is a little hard to master at that age and size.
The Little Mermaid Sports Bag is exclusive to the Disney Store and is currently on sale for £10.00 which is slightly discounted as it is usually £12.00. I personally think ten pounds is an absolute bargain as the range of toys is fantastic, and they are all really well made and so far are still in perfect condition. We have played with this set in the house also, mainly tennis in the hallway at home. If you decide not to keep the toys inside the bag there is the opportunity for the bag itself to be used as a swimming bag, especially as it is plastic so it is ideal for that purpose - though my daughter likes to use it as her library bag!
All in all I think this is a really great sports set, and the fact it is Little Mermaid just adds to the appeal. There is a boys version available which is Toy Story so it isn't something that is just aimed at one gender. I cannot recommend this set enough, we have had weeks of enjoyment with it already, and hopefully more to come when summer decides to arrive......and stay!
Thank you for reading my review.