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We have a little shop in Birmingham which sells a wide range of small Mookie outdoor toys at very reasonable prices, so whenever I take four year old Hollie shopping with me we pop in here and I let her choose a toy to take home. It was around two months ago that she picked up these Boom Bats, my heart sunk as we've had these before and they're always so rubbish that they end up being thrown away after a couple of weeks use - and this set was no exception!
Boom Bats are a very simple idea; two bats which have thin plastic pulled taut across them, when you hit the ball you are treated to an echoey 'boom' sound. In this set you will receive two bats and two balls, which is ideal really as it means two children can play independently of one another in the garden if they're bickering or not really getting on well enough to play together.
At first glance the bats seem to be of good quality; they're chunky with smooth edges and seams, the plastic is fairly rigid when you press your finger into it and looks like it's attached to the actual bat well enough. The balls are small hollow plastic balls, not dissimilar to table tennis balls, which are designed for optimum 'booming' when hit by the bat. They're stronger than table tennis balls and don't dent inwards with finger pressure, obviously considering this set only cost a few pennies over £2 you can't expect huge durability so if you stand on one of the balls you're likely to squash it flat but it will cope with minor heavy-handedness.
To play with the Boom Bats with two people you both take a bat and take it in turns batting the ball to one another, the harder you hit the ball the louder the 'boom' will be - one tip is not to try hitting the balls too hard though as the taut plastic isn't as strong as it looks and several times over the years we've broken the bats through overenthusiastic hitting! Or I should say MARK has broken the bats in his attempts to beat the kids at the game!
When new the bats are printed with a graffiti-style design (please note: our set is a different colour to the one pictured above, having two yellow bats and one each blue and green balls), this print started rubbing off within minutes of the set being played with and had all but disappeared after a week. This ended up being a moot point however as a couple of days later the plastic on one of the bats started to split and this quickly escalated into an actual rip on the taut surface, rendering that bat unusable. The other one was marginally more hardy and lasted a further five days before one of the balls punched a hole right through the bat - and then there were none!
All of the Boom Bat sets we've had over the years have ended up like this. It's a shame as they're good fun to play with, Hollie preferred playing on her own with one bat but we had a few games together and the 'boom' sound is always good for a laugh. It's also a good excuse to do some exercise without realising you're doing it - a few minutes running backwards and forwards for the balls is a half decent workout for anyone, and even better that it encourages the kids to get off their bums and start dashing around in the fresh air!
==Mookie Boom Bats==
Jack's other Nana and my more or less mother in law lives way up in Lincolnshire and seeing as we are as South as possible on the Isle of Wight, the visits that we get are really few and far between. However when they do visit it tends to be in the warmer months and a week spent in the sunny Isle of Wight is always a pleasure for them and nice for us too.
The last time that they visited us we were left with a hole load of the summery type of outdoor items that they purchased to keep us all amused whilst outside their caravan and I am never one to turn down a freebie so I always take the unwanted goods with open arms.
This Mookie Boom Bat set however was not a great purchase on their behalf and is not a great hit (pun intended) with us. The set costs around £5 I believe from the local toy shop and can often be picked up for around this price and if looking online there are a few bargains to be had with second hand sets and also new ones. There are all sorts of different colour variations but the one we have is a blue and green coloured set just like the one pictured.
The set itself comprises of two bats and two different types of balls. The bats are fairly large and circular with a plastic sheeting in the middle of the tightly fixed into the outer plastic rim and handle. The set on the whole does look cheap but remembering it from childhood I thought it would be great fun.
The balls that are with the set are made up of different materials and one is slightly softer than the other. The idea is that you hit the ball back and forth between players and when the ball comes into contact with the plastic sheeting on the bat it will make a rather loud noise (like a boom hence the name). Most of the time during play it actually sounds as though the ball is going to break through the plastic as the sound isn't really that appealing or pleasant. I would say that when you are not one of the people playing that the noise created is actually rather awful and not something that you want to hear on a peaceful sunny Sunday afternoon!
The game is relatively easy to play and with an age range on the set suitable for those aged 3 and over it is really a game the whole family can play although turns need to be taken because of the fact of there only being two bats. Jack picked the game up well and although scared of hitting the ball with the bat at first seemed to take to it very easily and has enjoyed every game.
Personally though I find the set really rather annoying. The noise made is not nice and the idea that this is a fun family game is right but I just can't seem to get beyond the banging noise that is created each time to ball is hit. To be fair one of the balls does create a less annoying sound but still this is pretty annoying as it is.
The set we have is still gong strong although I am tempted to smash my fist through the plastic covering so that I can show Jack it is broken and I have an excuse to put it in the bin never to be thought of again. That said though it is a game he enjoys to play which aids him in his hand eye coordination and of course getting him outside away from TV and computers!
All in all its not an item I would have personally bought or one that I would recommend anyone go out and buy. The idea of the noise is far more appealing to those who are young and who like to make a lot of unnecessary noise but as you get older I think you begin to relish the quieter games!
A good fun game but just a little annoying. So I feel an average score of 3 out of 5 stars is all I am willing to award the set. I am sure the cheap plastic bats will break before long anyway (intentionally or unintentionally I really don't mind!)
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Its summer time again and the old toys are out! We decided to buy the kids some new outdoors toys this year mainly to take away when we go camping to stop them pestering us that they are bored every five minutes and with both of us having fond memories of similar types of items in the past we decided to go for these Mookie Boom bats and they have, thus far, been worth every penny. We have even bought a second set so we can join in!
We paid £7.99 for these online and took them away on our first camping trip of the summer. In terms of size they are around twice the size of a normal table tennis bat but much lighter. In the pack you get two bats and two balls (handy as kids like loosing balls!). The bats themselves are made out of a tough and resistant plastic material and can withstand a hammering. The inside of the racket is made from a thin, flexible plastic material. In all, the whole bat feels very well made and firm in your hand and I certainly have no worries of these breaking down on us. Being light as well makes the bat easy to use for the little ones and the age recommendation of the packaging is 3 years.
As I said you also get two small balls which are golf ball size and are a firm but squishy rubbery material if that makes sense. They are tought but not so tough that they will hurt the little ones if they miss the ball.
The big selling point here is the sound the bats make...that being a "boom". Each time the ball is struck you hear a boom noise that is quite loud and of course much louder if your little boy decides to whack the ball as hard as he can each time. The noise does get annoying after a bit and poor neighbours and campsite sharers will soon get tired of it but the kids love it! If you have fussy neighbours these might not be ideal........
.........The other reason for that being I seemed to find the bats have a tendency to put more power in your shot that you intended. At times the ball can fly off the bat and zoom over a neighbours fence or way down the field. This means you need some decent space to play and a fair bit of room otherwise it will ruin the fun.
All in all these are well made, fun and unique products which will provide hours or fun to kids and adults alike on beaches, campsite and in garden's anywhere. As long as you can put up with the noise and the flying balls you will enjoy this product very much!
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A number of years ago when I was younger i used to own one of these Mookie Boom Bats sets. The set consisted of a pair of bats for hitting the balls with, and two balls. The balls were different densities and so they made different sounds when they hit the bat. The set only cost around the £5 mark and was very useful for when on holiday at the beach. Me and my sister or dad would mark out a play area - similar to a tennis pitch. We would then either have just a line in the sand or a net to mark each others' areas and we would then play a kind of tennis. The game was certainly fun when I were a kid, and it wasn't a boring game to play.
The noises the balls made on the bats were similar to a drum, and the game was both interesting and energetic to play. The bats were made from a hard plastic, and the centre of them were made from a thin plastic which made quite a loud drum noise when connecting with the different balls. The balls were then foam. The set certainly didn't stop being used because of it breaking, but we simply stopped taking it to the beach and therefore stopped using it altogether.
When I were a child this game was fun to play and is still a popular game on the beach wherever you are located. For the price it is well worth trying out, and will provide you with hours of fun providing you aren't in a densely populated area and are disturbing other holidaymakers with the various noises when the balls hit the bats. A fun game for all ages.
Mookie boom bats make are a huge boom with my girls. My girls received the mookie boom bats as a small gift between them from their granny in last month. I have no idea where she got them from but i can see at the top of the page amazon do the set for £9.99.
I have never really see such a thing as boom bats before. My girls are only three now but enjoy exploring and trying new things.
When Hannah opened the plastic packet she didn't really know what the bats were for. There was no instructions on the packet but not hard to work out what to do.
Inside the packet are two boom bats. One red and one blue in our packet and two small plastic balls also colour coded one red one blue.
The bats have a thick plastic structure with a thick transparent sheet of plastic lining the inside of the bat this is decorated with splashes of colour and the words boom.
The balls are just slightly bigger than a ping pong ball, hollow and made from plastic so when the ball hits the bat it seems hard giving a loud BooM sound, the harder i hit the ball the louder it was.
I was first to try the boom bat out with my very curious little girls watching i tossed the ball in the air not to high up but enough for me to position the bat ready to hit the bat. When i hit the ball back up in the air the ball bounced of the transparent plastic sheet making an actual boom sound quite loud too. The girls very quiet excited with their new toy.
I like the fact the set comes with two balls because the girls can play on their own batting the ball against the wall or tossing it in the air to hit. You can also play a sort of tennis game batting the ball back and forth however my girls haven't quiet got the hang off this yet i'm sure in time they will.
The boom sound is clearly the novelty to this set and i must say it is pretty cool. I now hear boom boom boom through out the day but its good because it keeps them interested and helps improve gross motor skills as well as hand and hand and eye coordination so has an educational value too.
Mookie boom bat set is for children aged three years plus.
I will give the mookie boom bat and ball set four dooyoo stars as the set is fun, good value for money and kept me and the kids entertained.
BOOM BOOM BOOM HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
My daughter is very lucky having her birthday in the summer as she receives lots of outdoor toys and games. Last year one of the presents she received was a set of boom bats and a ball. I had seen these bats around but never actually played with one so I was quite intrigued.
At just three years old last summer, she was slightly too young to be completely interested in playing bat and ball of any kind. The motor skills just weren't there. This is where the boom part of the bats came in handy.
Boom bats are aptly named because of the sound the bats make when the ball connects with it. Made from a plastic later instead of weave, the batting area is clear flexible Perspex material emblazoned with bright "Boom bats" wording. Our bat set arrived with a foam ball and I think this is because it's the best sort of ball to gain maximum "boom" from playing. We have played with other types of balls (plastic etc) and found that the sound effects weren't so good.
The bats themselves are bright and colourful, attractive to younger children. They appear well made and ours have lasted a very long summer outdoors and are ready to be played outside again this year.
Obviously the main idea of the set it to play "bat and ball" with two people. As I mentioned our daughter was slightly disinterested when she first received this set. We encouraged her to play ball by letting her hear the sound it makes as the ball connects with the bat.
I actually think this is a good motivator for children as well as being fun as it encourages the child to try and connect the bat with the ball just to hear the sounds.
We have had plenty of giggle moments out in the garden as our daughter has gradually learnt to bat the ball as it comes towards her more and more.
Priced at £9.97, I think the set is a good investment; however I do think if you shopped around a similar set could be bought for less money. I'm not sure I would spend nearly ten pounds on two rackets and a sponge ball. It would also be slightly better value for money if the items came in a storable bag, but sadly it's just the plastic packaging that isn't worth keeping once the product has been opened.
We have looked after our set and they are lasting well, no fading or rips etc. It would be easy to lose the ball as it's so light with older children playing.
Overall we have been happy to receive this as a gift and have definitely had our £9.97 worth from the set.