Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... nipper. They are hard wearing and I would recommend them to others. We bought them in the ELC in our local town centre a few years ago, b... more
A load of old balls
ELC 100 Coloured Playballs
Member Name: paulie1975
ELC 100 Coloured Playballs
Advantages: Reliable, well designed, pretty
ELC coloured playballs are good. For £20 we bought 200 of these for a large ball pool we bought for our little one. We use 142 balls in the pool (I have this figure imprinted in my brain as it's my job to count these all back in after our little monkey has jumped, crawled, thrown and kicked these colourful little globes all around the garden or patio.
We bought 2 packs of 100 for £10 each, as we realised that 100 wasn't going to fill our pool, it might seem a lot of money but these are well made and won't split, break or cause damage, they are used for the ball pool but are decent value as something to kick around with little kids, their colouring makes them fun and sometimes useful for discussing colours and helping your kids understand the differences in colours. Sometimes we'll split them up and use only two colours of balls to try and help our monkey understand the variations and names of colours more easily.
The balls are around 7cm in diameter and are reasonably hard, but squishy and soft to the push, i've had them hit me and the face and so has my little one and we've both avoided the urge to throw ourselves on the floor, have a tantrum and burst into tears, they don't hurt and that is massively important when you have little guests round who seem intent on hitting their best friends in the face repeatedly with these squashy little balls.
They are nice enough to look at, soft and squishy, they don't throw brilliantly outside, and are better indoors as the wind makes them veer off course, but i've been told repeatedly that they aren't for throwing, they are for the ball pool.
The balls come in a well designed bag which is easy to pack in a cupboard or spare room, the bag is rugged and can survive being thrown around and is a perfect way of reorganising these chaotic little things.
I think we've had great value out of these and if we have more kids, they'll be reused again, although we anticipate 1-2 more years out of them with our little nipper. They are hard wearing and I would recommend them to others. We bought them in the ELC in our local town centre a few years ago, but that has now shut, so I believe they might still be available in Mothercare, but if not they appear to be on Amazon Marketplace.
If you have a reasonable sized ball pool, 100 balls probably isn't enough, if you have a very small child though it is way more than enough and your toddler will simply sit in the balls or want to roll them.
Well worth the money, their longevity and quality ensures they will last for many years and can be easily stored and unpacked, just try and keep count of them, or you'll start losing them and re-finding them at inopportune moments.
Summary: A load of old balls