Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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Member Name: Bunnyhop2
Advantages: Easy to play
Disadvantages: Blow over easily
Back in the spring I was looking at the ELC sale online and thought I'd see what they had that my 2 year olds might like to play with in the garden. One of the smaller items that caught my eye was this pack of 6 skittles and 2 balls.
The plastic skittles come stood in a cardboard base with the 2 balls placed between them and sealed with strong plastic. We tried not to rip the plastic too much when opening the set so that we could use it to store the skittles in, this worked for a while but the plastic ended up ripping to much for it to be any use. It's a shame that they don't come in packaging which could be used for storage as we just have them in a box at the moment and I'm sure it won't be long until we are unable to find all the pieces.
Playing with the skittles
This game is suitable from age 2 but my girls like to stand really close to them and throw the ball rather than rolling it. I like that it's something that will develop new skills of rolling a ball and aiming it at something. The balls have small dents in them like a real bowling ball has holes, these are to help your child hold the ball but I haven't noticed either of mine using them.
I spend a lot of time standing the skittles back up, I really should get them to do it themselves! I arrange them in a 3,2,1 formation so that they are learning the basics of the game for when they are old enough to play it properly.
This is not a game to play outside if there is any wind as the slightest gust blows the skittles over before you've had a chance to stand all 6 up.
The skittles are red, blue and green with orange balls, this allows you to help your toddler learn their colours in a fun way.
Price and availability
This skittle set is available in Early Learning Centre stores, on their website and also on the Amazon website. Full price they are £6 but I paid £4.80 for them in one of the regular Early Learning Centre sales, which I think is good value.
Would I recommend?
Yes, these skittles are requested everytime we go out into the garden to play. They can also be used indoors on a hard floor, I don't think they would stand up very well on carpet. The set has been played with a lot due to the nice weather we have had this year and they are still in really good condition with no dents or scratches. They have also kept their colour despite hours in the sun.
Summary: Fun skittles game for toddlers
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