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Glitter Bouncy Ball
Glitter Bouncy Ball
Author Name: daisylee3
Glitter Bouncy Ball
Date: 09/08/11, updated on 09/08/11 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Good Price, Looks Pretty!
I'll admit that when I saw these balls in Asda it was a blast from the past and I couldn't resist buying a couple for old times sake, and at £1 each or 2 for £2 I felt they were good value too as they can be used for alot of play activities. There were quite an assortment of colours in Asda which are: light blue, aqua blue, pink, green and black. They were on display in a large, colourful cardboard box with the product title on the front - it was very obvious from the display box that these are aimed at children and the bright colours of the balls definetly achieve the mag pie effect with kids as loads of families seemed to be buying a couple for little ones who were nagging for one!
These bouncy balls also are available on Amazon which I didn't realise, however I am slightly appauled by the price the seller is charging - £3.35 per ball! Ridiculous - if you want to buy one of these balls I would highly reccomend having a look in your local supermarket or a toy shop - i've even seen similar (but smaller) bouncy balls in my local Poundland so it is worth shopping around for the best deal.
The ball is filled with clear gel like liquid and lots of silvery white glitter which is sparkly. When the ball is bounced the glitter swirls around inside the ball, this fascinates my 3 year old step son and he thoroughly enjoys shaking the ball around. I suppose it is sort of a snow globe in bouncy ball form lol. Size wise this is around the size of an average tennis ball, so unlike smaller bouncy balls there is no worries that a small child can swallow/choke on it - I wouldn't dream of letting Taylor play with an average sized bouncy ball so the large size is a huge plus side as the child does not need constant supervision while playing with it.
The ball is quite strong and durable. It's made out of rubber (presumably, or possibly a thick plastic), and although I was slightly worried at first that it would pop, it hasn't and i've had the balls for around 6 months now. Using the ball is fun and it can be kicked, thrown, rolled, or just shaken to get the glitter to move around which entertains Taylor. Bouncing it is also fun as it bounces so high, it's gone over my neighbors' fence before more than once by accident even after a reasonably small amount of force was applied to it. I don't think it would be strong enough to break a window but as it's quite heavy it is better to be safe than sorry so I make sure when i'm playing with it with my step son that he doesn't bounce it too hard.
A small child would certianly find this ball a little hard to throw due to its weight - it is quite a sturdy ball and I don't think i'd reccomend leaving two children playing alone with it as it could do some damage if it hit someone in the face. Don't get me wrong it isn't a brick, it's just got a bit more weight to it than the play balls I and Taylor are used to. Taylor as I mentioned before is three and he manages to throw it fine, but for younger kids i'd reccomend to encourage them to maybe roll it or kick it. Another game we like to play is hiding the ball. Taylor calls this ball his magic ball so it makes it fun for him to play with and the bold colours are good for a child learning his/her colours - I have a pink and blue one and Taylor prefers the blue. The glitter in the balls seem to really excite him and he's always shaking them and then pointing at the glitterry bits which is adoreable and keeps him entertained for a while!
Keeping the balls clean is easy - they can be washed or wiped due to the waterproof material. I would not use these as a dog toy as due to the sharpness of a dogs teeth it could easily pop and I am unsure if the liquid is harmful to humans/animals or not so I wouldn't risk it! Best to stick to tennis balls with dogs :-) I keep my pink one in my room on my shelf near my pictures etc. I know it's a bit of an odd thing to keep on a shelf but it reminds me of my childhood and is also quite pretty to look at. Overall this is ideal for a child to play with and I would really reccomend them. Taylor my step son is quite attatched to his and has even given it a name! The balls are not a choking hazzard unlike the smaller bouncy balls so are handy to have, and if bought from the right place they are good value for money too.
Summary: A Fun Ball