Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... places. The thing I like about these balls that is different than other brands is the colours. I really like the pretty pinks and ... more
Who couldn't have fun with these?
ELC Coloured Playballs
Member Name: cha97mw
ELC Coloured Playballs
Advantages: bright coloured, soft, lots of fun
Disadvantages: 1 bag is not enough to recreate soft play at your own home
When my littlest had his first christmas he was only 6 months old. Because his brother is only 18 months older i was finding it hard when relatives asked what they should get to come up with a new and worthwhile idea. Then it struck me, we could get a set of ballpool balls to add to the play experience of some other items we had.
The set we got was £10 from the early learning centre. Our set was mixed balls with some silver balls. This set is still available at the same price a couple of years later, and you can also get just multi coloured balls, or the pink set above. Sometimes, you can also get 3 sets of balls for the price of 2, which is a great deal if you have a ball pool to fill, but perhaps a bit excessive when you only have a small area to fill.
The set comes with a very sturdy plastic bag which zips along 3 sides. This is a great way to store all the balls safely between plays, otherwise they end up all over the house.
My initial use of these balls was that we had a play nest big enough for a baby to sit in, so we added these balls to the play nest and my little one had great fun picking them up, trying to get his mouth round them to chew, and then throwing them at the rest of us. My elder child quickly wanted in on the action, so we ended up putting them both in the travel cot, and this worked very well. They didn't get the whole submersion thing going on that you get at soft play centres, but it was fun to pick out the colours and throw the balls round. Because they are soft, i wasn't scared one of them would get hurt or they could throw it with enough force to break anything.
My only issue with the balls has been that they get squashed quite easily, but i have found they usually have a small hole and it is possible to make a seal around it with my mouth and blow them back up.
As my boys have got bigger, i have found it better for us all to take these balls out into the garden so they can continue to be used without me getting annoyed at the mess. We have tried them in the paddling pool in summer, and playing golf with them with plastic clubs. By far, our favourite use now is playing with them on the trampoline. They can be thrown at each other without hurting, and it is good fun to make them all bounce as you jump.
These balls are said to be from 9 months to 8 years. So far my nearly 3 and 4 year olds are still really happy playing with them, so we will have to see if they last that long. Just over 2 years so far, and apart from a couple getting a bit sun faded when we forgot to pack them away, they seem to be capable of withstanding the robust play.
Summary: Multi use balls bring lots of fun to playtime.
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