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
Member Name: xmum2threex
Advantages: simple fun
Disadvantages: Base could be a little bigger
**What do you get in the set? **
Well the set costs £6 from ELC and in the set you receive 6 skittles and 2 balls all made of durable plastic which is of course essentials when they are designed for younger children. They are very durable and as they have a ball hit at them they are very well made. There are 2 skittles in red 2 in green and 2 in blue. They are a fair size so a good target for little one to chuck the ball at and as they are really light the slightest touch knocks them over.
Also you receive two balls with the set which I think is great as it means two things if one gets lost you have a spare to play with but also for my younger son he likes to take a shot with both of the balls as one turn that way he has an equal advantage against his brother and sister.
It is simple concepts set the skittles up and have fun knocking them down again with the ball. In theory this is great but what we have found is although the skittles are a great size the base is actually a little small meaning you have to have a really steady hand to get them to stand up. It is not too bad indoors on the floor but as soon as we tried to take them outside and use them on the grass my children found it really frustrating and mummy had to keep setting them up over and over again which of course is great fun but my children like to be independent so were a little annoyed they could not do this themselves.
Once they are all set up it is time to throw the balls they are light enough for a young child to use but still have a little weight behind them which does worry me a little as if they decide to start throwing them at each other they could actually hurt so adult supervision is a must.
The balls carry well in the air and you do not need to knock the skittles hard as they are so difficult to put up they come down just as quick which is great as it means my children can normally catch a few balls at a time creating delight all round. We find the skittles do blow over if we are playing outside and there is a bit of a wind which is a little annoying but they are not too light that they just blow away so I do not need to chase them round the garden just pick them back up replace them and off we go again.
It is a simple yet fun game that can be played with over and over again and my children never seem to get bored with it they take it in turns to see who can do the best and it gives them some healthy completion.
Well apart from the base of the skittles being a little small and therefore difficult to put up there is nowhere to store these. In the past we had galt skittles and they came with a plastic container bag as a lot of the elc products we own for easy storage so it would have been nice to have somewhere to put these when we are not using them so none of the set gets lost at the bottom of the toy box but I suppose at £6 for the set I should not really complain.
These skittles are very durable we use them for indoor and outdoor use and they can be great fun. Although they can be a little frustrating my children love them all the same and now my eldest son can put the skittles up by himself they are becoming even more fun for them. The age recommendation is 2 years plus which I would say is about right however my youngest son has been using them from around 14 months old he can get the idea of throwing the ball at the skittles but obviously is unable to set the game back up again so it means fun with his brother and sister.
All three of my children love these skittles they help with fine motor skills and they can be played with as a family for some great family fun or individually by each of the children when they feel like it.
We have had ours from January last year so they have already had 15 months of use and they are still going strong after being hit so many times not just with the ball but my youngest son likes to try and use them for drum sticks and there is not a mark on them. They are very easy to clean you just need to give them a wipe with a cloth and they look brand new again.
Overall I would definitely recommend this set they cost £6 and can be purchased in store or online at elc they are great fun and very durable perfect for young children and family's alike.
Summary: A nice toy but best used in doors.