Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
Newest Review: ... big for my three year old and just big enough for adults sized fingers, so they can be used my everyone. The bowling balls are fairly li... more
Keeps kids entertained
Member Name: darren55
Advantages: Cheap and safe to play with
Children got to love them haven't you, well yes but also have to constantly entertain them as well. One bonus from the recent warm spring weather has been a first chance to really play out in our newly paved over garden. So in a moment of weakness I bought a set of bowling pins for my two boys to play with because I've discovered two facts about boys and playing outside one is that they love throwing and kicking balls and the other is that they love aiming at something.
So I thought why not encourage them by buying them something to aim at and make it a bit of fun at the same time. You also have to be aware of any toy which you buy can't be used as inadvertent weapons, I have two boys one 2 1/2 and the other 1 1/2 and well things can become weapons at the wrong moment.
These skittles are brightly coloured with the same shape as skittles at a ten pin bowling alley but much lighter and easier to knock over. They have a flat bottom which means they can be stood up right and come in sets of six with two balls which can be used to knock them over. The balls are small enough to be picked up by children of 18 months plus but not too small to constitute a choking problem.
The skittles can therefore be placed in a triangle of six pins and the children can take it in turn to either roll the ball or throw the balls at the skittles. The skittles are light but are heavy enough to mean that they can be turned into reasonable games, so if the ball does hit the skittles it doesn't mean all of them will fall down or if too soft any of them. This gives them an added element in terms of play because the kids can take as many goes as they want to knock all the skittles down. I've got to say that the skittles in the hands of my children have been used for games which the inventors probably didn't intend; one was doubling as road cones and my two year steering very intently through a tunnel of skittles. That was fine until my younger one decided to intervene and started throwing the skittles at my older son.
These are nice toys; they only cost £5-6 and can be left outside as they are made of durable plastic. They are light, not a real concern in terms of safety and can be played with in so many ways. They have been used to far as skittles, bats, road blocks, swords, and I'm sure a lot more different ways only a pair of toddlers could conceive. So for a fiver they've been a bit of a bargain and have left me to set them up give them a ball each and allowed me to read my book in the garden and watch them cause havoc.
Summary: A nice toy for the kids
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