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
ELC Coloured Playballs
Member Name: chrisandmark
ELC Coloured Playballs
Advantages: Gorgeous pink playballs, far sturdier than you think they're going to be
One of Hollie's favourite toys through the summer last year was her ball pit. We'd bought a combination padding pool and ball pit from Tesco, but unfortunately the 50 balls that came with it didn't even cover the bottom so I went hunting for more. I'm aware that this type of plastic balls are available from just about anywhere, but I like to be different so what I really wanted was more if a variation in colour than the usual red, blue and yellow playballs.
Enter ELC with their range of unusually coloured outdoor toys (unusual as in pink pretend lawnmowers and lime green 'handyman' sets), I found just the playballs I was after. Available in either the standard primary colours that you'd expect or the pretty pink set you can see above, these balls are supplied in a PVC-type zippable case and cost £9.89. Of course I chose the pink.
Apart from the very sweet colour, these balls are just like any other playballs within this price frame. The balls are slightly smaller than tennis balls; made from a very thin plastic the balls do feel extremely delicate, but rest assured they are very flexible so will literally pop back into shape if they get squished. Most of them anyway!
The idea is to buy enough playballs to fill the ballpit. There are no hard and fast rules as to how many balls you should buy, but I personally think it looks the most fun when the balls are piled in deeply enough for the squidy-winks to be able to bury themselves in them. I eventually ended up with four packs of balls (not all from ELC) so that I could fill the ballpit much higher than halfway. This allows Hollie to be able to leap into the ballpit and almost be covered by these lightweight balls.
And these ELC balls are extremely lightweight; even throwing one at full force isn't likely to hurt, and when a child jumps into a pit filled with them they easily move out of the way for a very soft landing. As I have already mentioned, the flimsiness of the balls is deceiving as it's very rare for one to become so damaged that it has to be thrown away. What tends to happen is that you might find a ball that has been flattened beyond repair, but leave it for an hour and when you go back it'll more than likely be ball shaped again! Magic!
What really sets these apart from all other playballs however are the colours. There are two different shades of pink (hot pink and a paler shade) as well as sky blue balls. There are visibly more of the hot pink balls than either of the other colours, which is a good thing as this is definitely the most cheerful colour in the set. Hollie loves pink so these balls were an excellent buy, we've mixed them with the more traditional brightly coloured playballs and the effect is brilliant.
They've been a real talking piece too, everyone who has ever seen them has commented on the fact that they've never seen either pink or sky blue playballs before. I know for a fact of at least ten friends and members of the family have bought a set after seeing our set - oh, and a random workman who bought them for his granddaughter after doing some work in our garden. Maybe I should be on ELC playballs commission?!
Summary: A brilliant set of playballs; nothing special in the construction but the colours are fab!