Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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FANTASTICALLY SIMPLE TOY, THAT''S FANTASTIC FUN!
ELC Pink Playballs
Member Name: Tilda
ELC Pink Playballs
Advantages: Simple and fun.
Disadvantages: 100 wasn't enough for me
These are great fun during the summer for the little ones although I had to buy two bags as one just wasn't enough to get the desired effect. What I do is inflate our inflatable pool, and instead of filling it with water I fill it with two hundred of these soft play balls. Each bag contains one hundred balls and costs ten pounds so to get the fun deep effect it will cost you twenty pounds. The deeper and wider the pool the better although you can use an empty sand pit too. But the reason I favour the pool is that the edges are soft and there is no risk of the child banging their head off the side while under the balls.
The balls themselves are different shades of lovely Girlie pink. They have a smooth, shiny finish to them which I love because they don't absorb anything like soft material balls might do. They wipe clean or you can do what I do, once a week during the summer (the time they get most use) I use the hose and give them a heavy spray and leave the pool with some water inside and give them a swoosh around. Of course these balls don't HAVE to be used outdoors only but the times I have used them inside I was finding balls under chairs and under the sofa for days after.
These are a good tool when it comes to teaching your child to count. I have found the younger they are of course they can't count too high, so I just unzip the bag and let the children put in one at a time counting up to ten and then they start at one again up to ten and so on. The older the children the more fun it is as they approach the one hundred number and they are thrilled when they get two the last one (with the help of their friends of course). The bag they come in is great for storing the balls. The fact that it has a carry handle and zips closed makes keeping the balls in one place very easy and locating when needed far easier than storing them in a black rubbish bag in the shed. The square bag has a strong sip that helps keep the shape. The bottom stays flat as it too has a strong seam. The bag is see through so the little ones get very excited as they see them being brought towards the pool.
The shape of the balls ensures that it's always safe for the child to put their head beneath them just like it would be in any play pit. There is always air circulating around as there are no edges and there will always be gaps between each and every ball. HOWEVER I still recommend that you monitor the children while they play.
Each ball is the same size and they are all around the size of a tennis ball. They are soft enough to be comfortable to play in and as I said the fact that they are easy to keep clean is something I love as germs can be an issue with communal toys.
These are a very fun, pretty coloured, simple toy that doesn't cost the earth and will last year in year out. They give the children a lot of pleasure and possibly the best part is they encourage them to play outing the fresh air rather than sitting in front of the television while the sun is shining outside.
Summary: Fantastically simple toy