Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Pretty in Pink
ELC Pink Playballs
Member Name: emmad5689
ELC Pink Playballs
Advantages: Sturdy yet soft, bright colours, hours of fun
Disadvantages: You can buy cheaper
For my eldest daughters second birthday she was given a massive princess ball pool, we bought a bag of these balls to go with it as the ball pool was bright pink and purple in colour and we thought that they would look really good in the ball pool.
The balls were bought from Early Learning Centre and they come in a white mesh bag with pink detailing around the edges which actually now comes in really handy for washing underwear as it keeps the socks together and stops the washing machine eating socks. The bag of play balls costs £10 which I thought was good value when I bought them however I them discovered that we needed a lot more playballs than the 100 in this pack and found them much cheaper in Asda albeit they are not pink.
To open the balls they have a zip around the top of the mesh bag however this was fastened with a sort of plastic cable tie type fastening which had to be cut to allow the zip to open the first time, I presume this is to stop children opening the bags of balls in the shop now that would be fun! The balls inside the bag are pale pink, bright pink and a pale lilac colour, when we poured the balls into the ball pool we quickly realised that we would need a lot more balls to fill it.
The balls are made of plastic and they are about 6cms across which I think is a standard size as the coloured balls we bought from Asda are the same size, the balls are suitable from 9 months old and they are supposed to help develop your childs coordination, balance and strength which is quite a lot for plastic balls to achieve.
The balls are pretty strong and although they are soft and they will compress they didn't dent permenantly and could be popped back into shape after my daughter had jumped around in them. The balls are pretty light and my daughter enjoyed throwing them all out of the ball pool and did eventually get told if she was planning on throwing 500 balls around the room everyday them the ball pool would be put away.
The ball pool we have can be used as a outdoor pool too and we did try it once with ssome of the balls in which nicely floated on the surface and my daughter enjoyed pushin them under the water to find that they would spring back up as soon as she let go of them. I would never use the ball pool as a water pool with the balls again though as we found that managing to dry everything out and get it back inside wasn't exactly easy however my daughter did enjoy using it for this purpose and the balls withstood the water well.
Sadly the ball pool and balls have now been packed away as having a second child and the pair of them getting many big toys means that there is not room to keep it up, the balls have been put away in a black bag since I use the net for other purposes and they are in the loft for when we bring it back down which I do plan on doing for a few weeks in the summer holidays. The balls are of high quality and the majority of them are still the same shape they started at, the balls are attractive colours and my daughter loved them.
I would recommend these balls but would point out that Asda do 200 balls for £8 so they are a bit overpriced.
Summary: A good set of balls