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I purchased this bowling set a little over a year ago when my son was 3 as he was obsessed with the fact that his big brother was often going to the Bowlplex for parties and although he was able to spectate, he couldn't really join in the fun, bless him.
Now, I have to say that this was a little pricey at around £25, but we liked the fact that it seemed particularly well made and the bowling ball had finger holes, which made it a little more authentic. I'm not sure with the benefit of hindsight, that it makes it worth a tenner more than some of the other sets but there you go!
It is, however a very nice set. You get six plastic skittles that are clear and inside the skittles are 3 small balls, red, green and blue that clatter inside the pins on impact, making a sound that is vaguely reminiscent of the Bowlplex.
Although this set is well made, it's also lightweight and perfect for use indoors and out, although if you use it in the garden then it's best to have your grass cut short or the ball will not travel well, we used ours on the patio which proved to work very well indeed.
It's also worth mentioning that the skittles also have a handy little holder so they can be neatly stored away when playtime is over. Less mess is always good.
I have to say that my little lad absolutely loved it, so from his point of view, It's worth every penny we paid for it. From a grown ups perspective, I feel it's a tad overpriced, but I have paid more for toys that have been played with a lot less so really I shouldn't grumble. I would have ideally liked an extra bowling ball though, just in case it ended up going over the back fence never to be seen again.
Suitable for ages 2+, it helps develop co-ordination and motor skills and it's also a fun way to start them using basic maths, like you've knocked down 3, how many are left?
Available from Toys R Us and maybe a little cheaper if you shop around online.
As far as rating this goes, well I'd give it 3 stars but my son would definitely say 5 so I'll compromise with 4.
Thanks for reading.
We bought this bowling set earlier this year as gift for a friend 3 year old son and she gave me such good feedback on it that I went out and bought another one for my home!
It is a bowling set complete with 6 skittles and a miniture bowling ball. The age range on this is 2 years and up.
What a lovely product! My kids love it. They love the idea that they can actually bowl like a grown up rather than use their old skittle set where they have to roll the ball. The bowling ball has 3 finger holes for the child to use and is made from a sturdy plastic. It is very lightweight so is easy to use.
The skittles are made from a clear see through plastic and they have a red base. They contain 3 coloured balls inside them which are free standing. When the skittles get knocked down the balls inside bounce around and make a loud noise similar to the clattering you'll hear in a bowling alley. This is a great touch as it adds to the atmosphere of the game.
The skittles measure 9x3 inches and are very easy to set up. They can wobble a bit on uneven surfaces like carpet but outside they are fine. The skittles come with a holder to keep them all together.
The aim of the game is to set up the skittles and try to knock down as many as you can. The one who knocks the most down is the winner. The child can use the finger holes in the bowling ball or if this is too fiddly then they can just roll it.
This is a great game for inside and outside play. It takes up very little room and because it is made of plastic it won't damage anything. It is great for getting used to proper bowling and is great for their socialising skills.
I bought this for £22.99 at Toys'R'Us which is a good price for the quality of the product and the use we have had out of it.
Feeling run down with the late stages of pregnancy and the recent hot weather, I left the task of shopping for our youngest son's third birthday down to my husband and seven year old son. They duly trooped off to Toys R Us and returned with this Little Tikes bowling set, amongst many other toys.
This little bowling set is recommended for children aged two years and over and consists of six transparent plastic skittles and a miniature lightweight version of a standard bowling ball, all of which are made from very strong plastic as you'd expect from a well-established brand such as Little Tikes. The design is very babyish and I'm not sure I would have bought this set myself but it has proved to be a popular choice with both of my boys - even the seven year old who I'm sure had his own reasons for choosing this.
We did actually go out ten-pin bowling as a family a couple of weeks ago and my little boy loved the whole experience although he wasn't, understandably, able to manage even the smallest size of bowling ball available without a lot of adult help. This set is perfectly proportioned for small hands. The miniature bowling ball features the three proper thumb and finger holes but are much shallower and closer together. This gives pre-schoolers the chance to learn how to hold a bowling ball properly and makes the game quite authentic as he can actually learn how to 'bowl' the ball, rather than simply dropping or rolling it.
The authenticity is added to by the addition of three small plastic balls inside each of the skittles. These balls help to recreate that familiar noise of the pins being knocked down. As everything is on a much smaller and more lightweight scale than the adult equivalent, these are great for encouraging little ones as my three year old can usually knock over four or five of the skittles in one attempt and is very proud of his achievements. Each turn is accompanied by the phrase 'I won!'
Despite being very light and suitable for toddlers to set up and carry about, both the skittles and the ball are surprisingly sturdy and durable. The ball has been cracked rather indelicately on the ground by my oldest son without any ill effects and one of the skittles has been thrown at his big brother's head by a frustrated three year old without any damage (to the skittle or the head!) I'm sure they only did this for reviewing purposes, of course.
Personally, I can't see why a slighter younger child wouldn't be able to enjoy playing with this set. Providing they are a confident walker a child over 18 months old should be able to hold the ball and roll it towards the skittles (although the finger holes might prove a little difficult.)
The only real issue that I have with this set is the price. I was not very impressed to discover that my husband saw fit to pay £22.99 for this simple bowling set as I certainly wouldn't have paid that much myself. It seems quite expensive for six skittles and a ball! Having said that, the birthday boy has been delighted with his present and at least it is a set that will last for quite some time and, hopefully, provide ongoing entertainment for a budding bowler!