Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Blow Away Skittles!
ELC Giant Skittles
Member Name: hanmillie
ELC Giant Skittles
Date: 11/05/12, updated on 11/05/12 (136 review reads)
Advantages: Fun game, inflatable, family fun
Disadvantages: Blow away easily, a tad pricey
This product contains a set of six lime green skittles and a large inflatable red ball. Everything in the set is rather large in size when blown up, with the skittles measuring 68cm in height and the ball having a diameter of 35cm. The ball, although inflatable does have a touch of detail in its plastic shell which consists of 3 holes punched in the top to give the appearance of a normal bowling ball and also gives you something to hold onto when throwing. The quality of the skittles set is good in my opinion, each item having a durable plastic seal for inflating the object and each having a tough plastic exterior which is unlikely to tear.
**Price and Availability**
This skittles set can be bought from the Early Learning Centre and we paid the standard £15 for ours. It can also be bought online from retailer Amazon for around the same price. In my opinion it is worth looking for this game in the sales as I think that the £15 is a little steep for the usability of this toy, the details of which I will come on to.
*Using the Skittles**
These skittles are intended for outdoor use and this means ours have been used down the park or beach. The skittles need to be blown up before play and this is easily done by simply blowing air into the valve of each item in the set. Once inflated the skittles can be positioned in any position that you fancy, although we prefer to do the classic triangle shape with ours, you then take it in turns to roll or throw the ball at the skittles to see how many you can knock over. In my experience, the skittles being filled with air are incredibly light and therefore get knocked down easily with the ball making this game ideal for young children.
This game is intended for children over three and I must admit that all the children in our family aged between 3 and 6 love playing with them.
We have used our skittles on a handful of occasions now and they always go down well with both the children and adults that we spend the day with. The children enjoy the concept of hurling the ball around and having knocked down the skittles will often resort to grabbing a skittle each and using it as a sword. Although it is often left to the adults to blow the skittles up, they too enjoy playing the game with the children and I guess this game could also be played at the odd barbeque etc. should you have a big enough garden.
I do however have a few criticisms of this game. Firstly the skittles come flat packed and need to be blown up each time you play. This often resorts to a good amount of puffing which can take a little while to do the whole set. In addition, unless you have room in the car for six skittles and a ball the whole lot needs to be deflated at the end of the day so this can often be quite time consuming. The second criticism I have of this game is the fact that the skittles and ball are not weighted in any way, meaning that when a gust of wind comes it knocks the skittles dead and often blows the ball well out of aim. This can be a particular pain on the beach where the sand is often quite windswept on the best of a summery day, and therefore I often try to dig out shallow holes in the sand to position the skittles in with little effect. As a result these skittles are best used on a still day or in a sheltered park. Given thought, I believe that these skittles would be best used in a large sports hall or room which rather detracts from them being an outdoor toy.
**Would I recommend?**
All in all this is a game which is novel in theory but in reality does not work best as an outdoor toy. The skittles are well built but could do with some form of light weight in the bottom. This being said however, I have had a great deal of fun with these skittles if not always in the most traditional of games and my nieces and nephews love playing with them. As a result of the above I am hesitant to recommend these skittles, unless used as part of an indoor game. They therefore score an average three stars from me.
Thanks for reading! x
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Summary: The skittle collector at the beach!