Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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ELC Coloured Playballs
Member Name: louisechackett
ELC Coloured Playballs
Advantages: Good fun, good quality, last well
One of the presents that I bought my son for his first Christmas back in 2005 was a set of 100 play balls from the early learning centre as I thought they would be something he would have lots of fun with! This is my review of the product.
At the time of buying I was able to buy a set of 100 blue play balls. For the purpose of this review I checked the early learning centre website to see if they are still available and they are now selling just a pack of 100 multi coloured balls but strangely still have the set of pink balls, just no blue! Not to worry, the colour of the balls really doesn't matter anyway! The balls cost £10.00 at the time and they are still selling for that price now but are currently on a three for the price of two promotions with other outdoor toys so it would be a good time to buy them should you wish to.
The balls came packaged in a see through plastic bag which had a zip going all the way around the top. The bag is really very handy to store the balls in after play and I would not have stored them in any other way to be honest.
The balls are made of plastic but they are actually quite soft and the plastic is a bit squishy which in my opinion makes them great for young children as they can throw them around, chew on them and generally just have fun without you worrying that they are going to hurt themselves. The balls are also easy to hold for young hands and measure perhaps slightly smaller than an average tennis ball. I found that the balls were excellent quality and did not get damaged even though my son did try and bite them and things! I also bought some play balls from tesco after I had purchased these so my son had more to play with and I found that they literally deflated or split in two without too much difficulty which I was not keen on even though the balls were cheaper.
The ways in which we played with these balls was plentiful. On many occasion I would simply tip out the whole bag from over my head so that balls went flying all over the room! As a young child my son loved this and he would crawl around chasing them. As he got bigger this was still just as fun a game. We also used the balls in a paddling pool to make a kind of ball pool effect for him and he would love to throw the balls out of the pool and make me chase after them! Another good thing to do with these balls is to use them in the bath as they do float and it adds a fun aspect to bath time-I am not suggesting you pour in the whole one hundred balls to the bath but adding a few was always fun!
The guidelines on the early learning website say that the balls are recommended for children aged nine months plus but my son was seven months when he received them and as he was always supervised I feel this was appropriate. He enjoyed playing with these balls up until being about three years old so we got some good use out of them and I feel our moneys worth!
I would certainly recommend these play balls and I have to say I feel that you get what you pay for in this case and would certainly opt for these exact ones again should I have cause to. I would just say that if you are looking to fill a paddling pool with these you will need more than one pack as 100 balls just doesn't look that many in all honesty!
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A great buy
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