Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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A Football for Girls!
ELC Pink Foam Football
Member Name: hanmillie
ELC Pink Foam Football
Advantages: Soft ball, lightweight, pretty, rather durable for foam
Disadvantages: Gets dirty easily
Last year when our niece was getting to the age of enjoying days out to the park and the beach, we decided to buy a few little toys which we could take with us when we went out for the day. Now my niece is a little bit of a tomboy and although she loves some girly toys she is also just as happy playing with a ball, be it just throwing it around or kicking it across the grass. We therefore opted for the Early Learning Centre pink foam ball, pink being a bit stereotypical but the foam being handy as it was light enough to carry and gentle enough on her hands for her to catch.
The ball itself is very girly in colour and print being a light pink colour with a scattering of darker pink pentagons around the ball. Although being made of foam I have to admit that the foam feels quite dense in consistency meaning that this ball was not too lightweight as is often the case with cheaper foam balls. The foam texture of the ball means that it is relatively easy to hold which is handy for my niece's small hands as the ball is about the same size as an average football.
The Early Learning Centre advise that this ball is not suitable for children under 36 months old and I guess this would be because it is possible for them to pick off small pieces of foam which could be a choking hazard.
==Price and Availability==
We bought our football during a visit to the Early Learning Centre and paid around £5 for it last year. Having done a little big of digging around, the ball is currently stocked for £5 at the Early Learning Centre and for around the £5 - £6 region at online retailer Amazon. The price of this ball means that it is quite good value in my opinion even if it only lasts for a years worth of play.
We enjoy playing with this football as although it can be an awkward shape to carry, the weight of the ball means that it is light enough to pack in a carrier bag or rucksack and take with us down to the park or beach. Our niece loves playing with this ball in a manner of ways. One such way is for us to simply play a game of throw and catch with her. This began as a case of just rolling the ball to her when she was younger but has now progressed to her throwing the ball as far as she can and us trying to catch it. We also enjoy kicking the ball around and despite it being foam do not have the problem of it being too lightweight or blowing away as the foam is (as previously mentioned) quite dense.
Being foam, when we get the odd case of the ball rolling into the sea the ball does soak up the water. However; this is easily overcome by simply allowing the ball to dry out in the sun. Another problem that we have had is that the ball does gather quite a bit of dirt if played outside and ours is now beginning to look decidedly grey rather than pink. I guess this would be a problem if you wanted to use the ball both inside and out but as ours is just saved for outdoor play we continue to use it.
The beauty of this ball, in my opinion is that it has introduced our niece to ball games without the need for heavy and harder surfaced footballs. This ball performs in much the same way as a football and does have a small amount of bounce in it when it is dropped. It is also light enough that when it accidentally hits you the ball is soft enough not to hurt.
This has given us a good few hours of amusement and although it is now looking a tad shabby I expect it will provide us with many more when the British summer finally arrives. I would recommend this toy and would hence score it four stars out of five.
Thanks for reading! x
Summary: The perfect toy for fun outdoors!