“ Manufacturer: ELC / Type: Kids Sports Equipment - Rounders „
Everybody loves a good game of rounders, it's a very British thing to do and this set from The Early Learning Centre makes it easy to play.
We have quite a small garden so it would be no good having a wooden bat and heavy ball as we would have broken windows and furniture etc all over the place. This set is made of foam and so great for playing in small places and great for playing with small children too. We played with it in the garden yesterday my husband and I in a rare day of sun and it was quite safe. I admit to hitting the kids on the head a few times with a stray ball but they are quite small and like I've said made of foam so they didn't hurt at all.
The rounders bat is quite short. It has a plastic handle which is contoured so it's easy to grip and hold on to. The bat portion is made of yellow foam so sturdy enough to hit a ball with but it will not hurt if you accidentally hit someone or drop the bat etc. the ball is made of a very light plastic and so is airy. It sails through the air nicely but will not go very far when struck but it is not heavy enough to pick up a lot of flight. It's easy to catch and does not hurt your hands when you try to catch it. It also does not really hurt if it hits you by accident.
I wish the set came with two balls as then if you lose one there is always a spare. Plus, when we were playing yesterday my little girl wanted her own ball to play with and got a bit annoyed when my husband and I wouldn't share!!
The Early Learning Centre say this toy is only suitable from 36 months and I would probably say that is about right. My little girl is two and a half and she can't really hold the bat in order to actually try and hit a ball. She just holds the bat and tries to hit the ball when it's on the floor. That's fair enough and she is still getting enjoyment out of it but In order to actually play rounders you do need to be a bit older. A very fun set though.
This rounders set costs £6 and is available from The Early Learning Centre.