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This was another birthday present that my daughter received and it was one of about five presents she got that strictly speaking she is too young to play with as it is recommended for children of 3+ and she is only two however she is able to play with this so I'm not sure why the age limit is set at age 3 and above other than for the fact that it is a foam set and the makers are worried about younger children trying to eat the foam. Checking the webiste the set is priced at £18 and it is something that she will be able to play with on a regular basis, at the moment she has to be pretty close to the skittles to get them down and does have a bit of trouble getting all six to stand at one time but she is getting there with practice however she does get a little frustrated at times. In teh set you get two yellow foam balls and six skittles of assorted colours, the balls have finger holes in them to make them look like the real things however my daughter does not always use these as she seems to have perfected the two handed lob technique. The whole set is pretty duravble and well made, there is a plastic base for each of the pins which does make standing them up a lot easier as they are ok to use on a hard surface or the lawn. They do help to teach hand eye co-ordination and also to add up the numbers as the pins are knocked down, not something my little one is concerned about at the moment but it is something you can add in with older children. Overall they are a neat toy and my little one does like to play with them, one thing to look out for with older children is the fact that the pins can double as clubs, one of my best friends has a rather stroppy 4 year old who took a swing at his 6 year old sister mid game, luckily he missed and was then caught before he could do any damage with the plastic base they would have hurt with a full swing. They are well made, I have let my little one use them in the conservatory because there is nothing to damage in there and she has a weak throw however they are for outside use.
Whilst shopping around in the Early Learning Centre looking around for toys for my nephew I came across so many things that I liked and were a little on the old side for my nephew. But I thought that they would be used over the coming summer months in the garden, especially as friends children come round and play I need a few things stored away for them to play with and then as my nephew grows he also has something to play with. I purchased the foam bowling game as I purchase two other items so got this free as there is a special offer on at the moment. Although they normally retail around £18, which if I did not get these on three for the price of two I am not sure if I would have considered purchasing then at this price. This bowling game comes with two foam balls which have three holes in like proper bowling balls so that you can throw the ball with ease. Although you tend to find that the younger children do not use these, they find it more comfortable to just roll the ball to knock over the pins. There are six foam bowling pins, two are red, two blue and two are green. The foam that they are made of is very robust foam making this game durable and able to withstand any environment inside or out. The base of the pins have a plastic bottom so that you can stand them up with ease and not have to worry about using a perfectly flat surface area. This game is not recommended for children under 36 months to play with it, my nephew just like to play with the foam ball, but I always make sure he is supervised when playing with it as I worry that he will bite the foam, which is not good especially as the ball has been rolling around the garden. Some of my cousins came over the other day and fortunately the weather stayed dry long enough for us to go out on to the patio and play with the game. The pins are a perfect weight so that they stand up in the wind and the balls are lighter foam than the pins so you need to make sure that they are thrown with enough force. This game really helps to improve your childs coordination as they have to aim and throw the ball, while also enabling them to have fun. There are many different games that you can play you can either score the game and play it properly or with teams or you could even just mess about knocking down the pins. Although this are made of foam I wound not recommend that you use them inside the house. Unless you have a room that is empty to avoid any breakages as things can still be knocked over even though they are made of foam. I would have to give this four stars out of five, due to the heavy price tag that this bowling game has.
I sit here writing this review, watching the rain pour down outside, wondering if we will ever actually get to play with this bowling set outdoors like it is intended to. Its three for two at the moment in The Early Learning Centre on sport and gardening toys so we decided to stock up and get some toys in time for summer. To be honest I thought this set was a bit expensive at £18 but then we got it because it was on the three for two offer. It's also well made and fun so I didn't mind too much. This bowling set consists of 6 bowling pins and two bowling balls. My little girl loves playing with balls and knocking things over, like most kids do I guess so we thought this would be a great toy for her. We have also taken her ten pin bowling a few times now where she uses the ramp to bowl and she really enjoys that so I thought this game would be good for home. There are two red bowling pins, two blue bowling pins and two green bowling pins. They are made for a good quality, quite hard foam so they are not as bendy as other foam toys you can get. They are quite sturdy in fact but I think you need that for a toy like this othwsie there wouldn't really be much of a challenge when trying to knock down the pins and the pins would just blow down in the wind anyway. At the top of the pins are two yellow coloured bands which make the pins look like proper bowling pins and they really do look quite authentic even though they are different colours. The pins stand up very well as they have a little black plastic bit at the bottom which keeps them level and sturdy. The two foam balls have three holes in them like proper bowling bowls which not only make them look authentic but also enable you to pt your fingers in to bowl the ball properly . Of course if little kids don't want to do this they can always just roll or throw the ball normally. The balls are also foam but a bit more squishy than the pins. They are easy to roll and do knock over the pins although you need to throw the ball fairly hard. There are numerous games we play with these such as: Try and knock all the pins down Knock just the red pins down (then blue, then green) to help learn colours Count how many pins you knock down So in my opinion they are a fun toy but a learning toy too, I just hope we can play with them outside sometime soon!