Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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A DANGEROUS TOY!
ELC Pink Foam Football
Member Name: Tilda
ELC Pink Foam Football
Advantages: Soft as can be
Disadvantages: Quite a few, but one in particular.
As a result of a horrible scare I experienced while using the blue version of this ball this pink version ended up in the very same place as the other. THE BIN!
This is an incredibly soft ball that leads the owner in to a false sense of security that their child will be safe while playing with it. The metrical used is a super soft foam that ensures gentle play while the children kick and toss it to each other. That is one of the reason I bought these balls in the first place. I have had too many occasions where a child has ended up in tears after being hit in the face with a ball they where playing with. Also this ball will not burst like a normal inflatable ball would so that also made this more appealing because of the countless numbers of standard footballs that have come and gone over the previous summer months.
Also the fact that this ball wouldn't cause too much damage if used indoors was something that worked in it's favour. But soon enough I realised that this ball and it's blue friend were not as innocent as they first appeared.
The foam on these balls is easily picked at by little fingers and comes off in small clumps. This material can end up in the mouths of the child or pets. I had the horrific experience of discovering some of this very foam in my four year old sisters mouth ( The full story is in the review for the blue version of this ball ),
This reason alone is why I would NEVER recommend this type of ball to be played with unsupervised and especially not by very young children that will put everything into their mouths. This ball is said to be suitable for ages 3 and up but after my terrifying experience I would never allow a child that young to play with this ball.
Another couple of reasons I find this make to be disappointing is that they are very light indeed and will catch the slightest breeze and blow out of the garden or even worse onto the street if your children are playing outside. I know every ball can end up in the neighbours yard or on the road but they normally get kicked out there not blown. This ball also Iike the blue one is absorbent (I know it's made of sponge) I didn't expect it to be SO absorbent. And if the outer seal is broken by being picked at the water gets in even more.
This ball is a fantastic alternative to harder balls that smash windows and hurt children during play but the fact that the material can be swallowed makes this a very dangerous toy indeed. To look at it you would never think it could hurt your child but this very make only in a different colour nearly resulted in an unthinkable situation. Both this hall and the blue version had been played with for months and months before any thing bad happened but once it did we couldn't keep these in our house any longer.
Just as with the blue version I can not give this ball any more than one star and if I could Mark it lower I would.
Please supervise your child while playing with this kind of ball.
Summary: A safe ball if used under adult supervision.