Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Ball Pool Fun at a Reasonable Price
ELC Pink Playballs
Member Name: northernlovely
ELC Pink Playballs
Advantages: Price, looks, storage, safety
Disadvantages: Can be a bit messy, ball pit needed
When my daughter turned one, we had a little party at home. I wanted to do something different for her, and as the weather was unpredictable, we couldn't get a bouncy castle or swing set for her, so we decided on a little ball pool. She's always enjoyed the ball pool at our local soft play centre, though as she is still very small, we didn't take her too often as it can get quite busy there. So a ball pool at home seemed a great idea!
The balls are sold in-store and online at elc.co.uk (a shipping fee applies) and cost £9.99 for 100. I say that - I was lucky enough to get them at £4.99 for 100, and as I bought two packs, they were effectively BOGOF. They are in a lovely colour range of light pink, dark pink and a soft turquoise blue, just right for a little girl.
The balls are sold in a square net with a zipper around the top and a handle for carrying. They are easy to remove, but, crucially, easy to get back in the net, and are therefore able to be stored in a fairly small space when not in use.
The balls themselves are extremely light weight, not as sturdy as the balls you get in the ball pools, but more than robust enough for a few little ones to play in. No matter how much my daughter teethes on them (she's in that bitey stage) I do feel confident that she'll never make a hole in one or be able to tear any plastic off it, or so on. Of course, you should always supervise your children when playing, but I do feel confident with these balls that they're soft enough to be fallen on / sat on safely (they crush, but they pop back into shape) but aren't so soft as to break. They can be thrown, but rather than land sharply, they land softly and could never cause damage to a TV, wood surfaces and so on.
I purchased 200 balls, which was just enough to fit my daughter's Hello Kitty Ball Pool from Argos (the pop up type) - I'd say 200 to 300 is enough for most smallish indoor ball pools or one ring swimming pools. And it's more than enough for kids to play in, too!
I do recommend these balls for occasional play, ours come out when the weather is nice and we can put the pool in the garden, or when she has friends over, or if it's a boring, stuck at home day and we want something different and exciting! At other times we store the balls in their net in the wardrobe, as it can get a bit messy having it out all the time, with balls being discovered anywhere and everywhere!
Overall I highly recommend these play balls, they have lots of uses, they're different for babies / toddlers, they're fun and they're inexpensive. You can also get them in multicolour, at the same price, and elc also sell the pop up ball pools and paddling pools at reasonable prices too.
Due to the potential messy aspect I probably wouldn't give these play balls as a gift, but for use at home they're great and I do recommend them. It's a reasonably priced way of bringing a bit of play centre fun to home!
Summary: Well worth it for a bit of stay at home fun