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      29.07.2013 13:20
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      This is a game that I used to take with me everytime I used to go on holiday, whether it was a holiday abroad or a holiday here in the UK. I find that once your kids are a little bit older, they no longer want to build sand castles, so I saw this and decided to buy it as it looked like it may be fun.

      The game comes with two round catchers, with velcro on the inside with a plastic back, the plastic back also has a black piece of elasticated type rope on, this is what you use to hold the catcher securely in your hand. It is elasticated to fit different hand sizes, but it is still tight to the hand so that you have a tight grip of it, and it will not fly out of your hand.
      The tennis ball that comes with this is just like any other tennis ball, but it has more fluff on than normal ones, which is so that it sticks easier to the catcher. The only thing I do find with this is that the velcro starts to bobble slightly when you pull that ball off, but this does not really effect game play at all, or the durability in it as the velcro still works perfectly.

      All you have to do with this game is simply throw the ball to each other and catch it with the catcher. You can play close up or far apart depending on how far you think you can throw. So mine been only young did stand pretty close together, but the choice of distance is yours.
      The game I find is really good and it keeps my kids quiet for ages on the beach. It is such a simple game but lots of fun, and it leaves me to be able to sunbathe, unless they want me to have a game with them too. They seem to prefer this to just sitting around on the beach playing in the sand.

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      09.07.2013 21:27
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      Lots of fun for a good price!

      With the nice weather we are currently experiencing, we have started to get our box of summer toys out of the garage and this is one game that we all love.

      Each round plastic discs measures around 19cm, to one side, there is Velcro and the other is smooth plastic which also has an adjustable Velcro strap on. I have used cheaper versions in the past and they don't have an adjustable strap which I find a bit of a pain, especially when using as a family as the hole is too big for Lauren and too small for the other half to use. When adjusted, the strap is nice and secure and doesn't come loose unless we pull at it, again, I like this as it ensures no 'accidents' when playing. The colours are quite nice and vibrant, the catchers and the ball are all stripped in a bright pink and green pattern.

      We are getting to the stage now where we are trying to improve Lauren's hand & eye coordination, I find this is great at helping this, although she is fine with a bigger ball, she struggles a bit catching smaller balls. I also like to make things a little harder for her, rather than throwing directly at her, I move slightly to the side so she has to move about more. What we like doing most of all is throwing it to Daddy, by to, I mean just in his general direction and making him dive around the garden to get!

      Included in the set are two plastic discs and a tennis ball, I must admit, they do have quite a quality feel to them, by this, I mean that the set doesn't feel like it is going to fall apart after a couple of uses. The ball sticks nicely to the catchers so much so that sometimes my daughter cannot pull it off and I have to help.

      I actually purchased mine through work so paid the cost price rather than the RRP, however a quick look inline shows me the set retails for around £5 and is available from Amazon and direct from Mookie-toys.co.uk. To be honest, I think £5 is about right for the set, although I like the product, I don't think it is worth much more than this. According to the packaging, the set is suitable from 3 years which I think is pretty accurate, any younger and Lauren would definitely struggle to hold the catcher.

      Overall, I would recommend this set and cannot really find any faults so it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

      Thanks for reading.

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        24.11.2012 14:23
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        A great outdoor toy for all the family.

        Mookie - Catcher ball Game

        I love summer picnics, and if you're going to have a picnic you've got to have games. We have spent many a great summer days having a picnic and games on the beach or in the park, but our favourite place is the river where there is a small ford where the kids can splash and play in the water or sit and watch the fish. It seems all the old school ways are disappearing and people don't realize just how much fun a cheap picnic can be. You don't have to spend the earth to have a good day out. Sorry I digressed a bit there!!!

        Well we have a large assortment of outdoor toys for these occasions, from boules to croquet and tennis to badminton but my kids love to play this game. I bought a few years ago now and it is beginning to look rather scruffy but this summer it was used a great deal. I can't remember how much I paid for this but they are in Amazon now for around £8.50, so I think I may have to purchase a new one for next summer.

        The item is a very simple design; the outer case is made of a round black plastic with a Velcro strap to secure it to your hand. The front is aluminous pink and green Velcro which is what catches the tennis ball. The tennis ball that we received with the kit was the same bright colours but we have long since lost it to the dog who decided to join in the game one day. However we have been using regular tennis balls since and they work just as well. The game is very hardy and trust me my family has two boisterous boys in it so I know hardy. I have seen cheaper options on the market but they don't seem quite so durable. The idea of the game is an adaptation of the simple game of catch but instead you catch the ball on the Velcro dish and then throw it to the other person who also has a Velcro dish strapped to their hand. My kids love it and even my two year old can join in, although he is still to master the skill...lol! They run around the park chasing missed balls and are ready for their picnic food when they have finished. My oldest even takes it out to play with his friends on the grassed area outside out home, and some of the dads even join in.
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        Overall this is a great toy for playing on the beach or in the park, and is suitable for both young and old. You can play gently with very little moving about or play aggressively and be completely worn out when you've finished. The latter being a fantastic workout. Well worth the price and I will definitely being renewing my set before next summer.

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        07.11.2012 22:18

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        Good game, good game.

        I don't think you can beat a good game of catch, in a large park however there is always a chance of losing the ball, the colour of the ball can blend into the grass, or the ball just rolls or bounces away. With this ingenious game, neither of these scenarios will happen again!!

        You get two round catchers, which have handles on one side to hold, and a rough abrasive side, you also get a fluffy tennis ball, both are coloured a very eye-catching bright pink and light green. The catchers are made of a durable black plastic with the Velcro stuck on the catching side of the catcher. The ball being handles more than the catcher is the softer side of the Velcro. The object of the same is to catch the ball (literally) in the catcher, then rip it off and throw it back. You can adjust how hard to throw and how close to stand to make the game easier or harder. Yes that is how simple the game is but yet it is still so much fun. Although occasionally you may still have to run after an escaping ball, it's not going to be so hard to lose a pink and green ball. These are relatively cheap coming in at under £5 and for how sturdy and resilient they are, they are well worth it.

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        20.05.2012 01:08
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        A really fun, simple game for a low price!

        This unique and fun game involves throwing a ball to another person and they catch it on a round velcro pad. It sounds pretty simple but it is one of the most fun outdoor games I have bought for my younger sister. I bought this when she was about 7, but now aged 13 she still loves to play - in fact, my entire family do! (Although not with the same game as I originally bought as this got ruined one day in the rain!)

        I bought this game in Home Bargains for a really low price, from memory I think it was £3.99, but I can't be sure of that.

        The game has a set of two discs/pads, which have a handle on the back for holding, and 1 ball. Both the ball and the discs are brightly coloured in green and pink, which makes it all the more fun. The ball looks just like a furry tennis ball, but it is actually much lighter than a tennis ball which is excellent if you accidentally get hit with it because it doesn't hurt much at all! This is great as it is obviously designed with children in mind.

        The game is great for children of all ages, as you can stand as close to the other person or as far apart as you like. For adults, it's a fun challenge to stand really far apart and see what distance you can catch the ball on your disc from. Standing close together works for younger children as it makes the game a little easier.

        The game is a great form of exercise if you play it outdoors, as it means you can throw the ball in all directions and go running and jumping around to try and catch it.

        Overall, a really fun game for the entire family. Although it may seem simple, it is some of the most fun you can have running around outside! And a bargain, go buy it!

        Tip: Don't get the game wet, as the ball will not stick to the disc if either are wet. Discovered this whilst trying to play whilst it was raining!

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          17.05.2012 17:44
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          A great game for all the family

          My little boy is just seven years old and is always looking for outdoor activities. His sisters are too old to play with him, so the 'duty' normally falls to myself or his Mum. So as the nights are getting lighter and lighter, we are spending more time in the back garden.

          Last week my wife was out shopping and came back with this game. I'd seen people using it on the beach before, and it looked fun. She told me that she only paid £3 for it. I've since since it online varying in price from £1.86 and JJB to just under £6.00 on Amazon.

          The catcherball game looks very similar to the picture above. So what are you actually getting for your money? Well put simply two bats and a ball. The big difference here is that the bats are covered in velcro, and don't have a handle. They have a strap, that goes around your hand. When the ball is thrown it is meant to stick to the velcro, as it too is designed to stick.

          The bat is often referred to as a pad and is about the same size as a plate. My colour is pink and green. My wife said that was the only colour they had left, or she would have got a different colour for our boy.

          You can make up any rules you ike for the game but the general idea is to throw the ball, and the oppent will attempt to catch it on the bad. This usually means diving all over the grass, and on occasions we have come inside covered in grass stains.

          The game is also ideal for the beach and is suitable for two people of any age, although the manufacturers suggest 3 years and up. The ball is not heavy, so is unlikely to hurt anybody, if you don't catch it.

          I can't say how durable it is because we have only used it for a few hours. But I can say it is highly enjoyable and comes recommended.

          Copyright stebiz 2012 - also on ciao.co.uk

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            14.05.2012 10:11
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            Catch me if you can!

            Needing some fun outdoor toys to take to the beach last weekend, we browsed our local beach shop looking for a few cheap buys we could take. One such purchase was the Mookie Catcherball game which is a fun slant on our family favourite of catch and throw. I had played this game as a child and thoroughly enjoyed it then, therefore I decided it was time for me to own my own set.

            **The Game**

            This game consists of two catchers (or pads as I like to call them) which are about the same size as a dinner plate and a ball that is the same size as a tennis ball. The pads have a handle on the back of them enabling them to be held and manoeuvred easily. Both the pads and ball are coated with velcro enabling them to stick together when caught. As we know, velcro is made of two surfaces, a soft and fuzzy surface and a hard and abrasive surface and the pads are the latter of the two enabling the ball to be gentle to your hands. This game is very brightly coloured with the ball and pads being a bright pink and green combination meaning that it won't get lost outdoors by blending into the background.

            **Rules**

            This game can only be played between two players and is very simple to play, thus appealing to a large audience in my opinion. You are quite simply required to throw the ball at your opponent who should then aim to catch the ball with his/ her pad. The difficulty of this game can be varied by how hard you throw the ball or how far, and I always find it fun to throw the ball quite far and watch my opponent duck and dive on the sand to try and catch it.

            **Price and Availability**

            This game can be bought from a number of toy stores and you can expect to pay around £3 - £5 for it, however it can also be bought from online retailers such as Amazon for a similar price. We paid £3.99 for our game which I consider a bargain given the amount of fun we have had with it.

            **My Opinion**

            This has in our household been a great game which has provided lots of fun at the beach. We love varying the type of throw and catch we play, and any male players will usually try and throw the ball as hard as they can at their opponent. However, in my experience the velcro cannot withstand a really hard throw as this makes it bounce off the pads. This game has been popular with the children in our family and they take easily to throwing and catching the ball whilst it can also be played with the older members as it does not necessarily require a lot of movement to throw and catch the ball. The pads and ball themselves are very durable in construction and with their pink and green colouring they are certainly hard to miss. In addition this game is easy to store and transport as you simply sandwich the ball between the two pads and carry.

            I would recommend this game to anyone who simply wants to vary their outdoor games without spending a small fortune doing so.

            This game scores an excellent five stars from me.

            Thanks for reading! x

            This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.

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            12.05.2012 18:25
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            A fun active game

            The Mookie catcha ball is a classic outdoor game for two players. My family have had this set for years and it has lasted the ten years or so since we first bought it, although I think the Velcro has started to deteriorate now. We have had to replace the ball but cheap tennis balls work just the same. The set now gets played with by my niece when she stays at my mums. 

            ==Price and availability==

            The cost of the set is around £4.00 but It depends where you get it from as if wait to buy it down by the beach you will end up paying over the odds. 

            ==Description==

            The set consists of two catcha mats which are made up of a plastic disc with a layer of coloured Velcro on top. The Velcro and ball are pink and green which is the signature colour for this set. The back of the mats have a piece of material that also has Velco on and fastens around your hand, palm up. You can adjust the size of the fastening to suit the size of your hand. The set comes with a ball, this is quite a cheap ball really and it does not bounce very well but it is extra fluffy so it sticks to the mat well. After a while the ball split but as I said above any furry tennis ball will work just as well. The only thing is that it will be a different colour to the mats. 

            When we bought the set it came in black net bag, we no longer have this but it is useful having something that keeps the parts altogether. 

            The concept of the game is similar to throw and catch but instead of catching the ball with your hand, you land the ball on the mat and it sticks. I have never played this game by scoring points but I guess you could play it to win; the person who drops the ball loses a point and so on. 

            ==My experiences==

            The ball and mats are great fun and it's a lovely game to play on the beach as it does not involve running around too much. The ball makes a lovely sound when the ball lands on the mat and you need to pull it off. I am left handed so I wear the mat on my right hand as I prefer to throw with my left but it does not matter really which one you use. Most of the time the ball will always stick to the mat but there are those occasions when the ball does not land properly and it bounces off. This is quite rare so as long as the ball makes contact with the mat it will stick. Another point around the ball, after a whole it starts to get a bit bald as the fur starts to fall off after being pulled off the Velcro so much. The mats are the main part though and these last for ages. There are similar versions of this game around but the chad valley version is the original one. It is characterised by the pink and green colours. 

            I can wholly recommend this set; it is fun for children and adults alike. 

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            12.05.2012 11:39
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            Great value game for kids

            ==Overview==

            Mookie catchball is a childhood favourite of mine, so much so, I ended up purchasing one for my friend's child as a birthday present. As you can see in the picture, you get a tennis ball and two plate-sized "bats" covered on one side with velcro. The size is bigger than a side plated but smaller than a dinner plate if that helps! The pink and green that you see is hard/rough velcro, the tennis ball is the soft velcro. On the opposite side of the bats is a loop of velcro that you adjust to fit around your hand.

            ==How to play==

            Two people can play this game, each person has a bat. They attach it to their hand firmly with the loop of velcro on the back. One person throws the tennis ball and the opponent tries to catch the tennis ball on the bat. The tennis ball will stick to the bat as they make up the velcro connection to each other. The opponent takes the tennis ball off the bat and throws it back to the opponent. It's like velcro tennis in a way.

            == What I like ==

            I particularly like this game because there is no hitting or batting of balls involved. For people who have small gardens with little space to play in, this is ideal as the only "dangerous" bit is throwing the tennis ball which won't have as much impact as it being hit with a tennis racquet if it hit a window for example. You couldn't play tennis in a small back garden but you can play this easily.

            == What I don't like ==

            With an adult hand, it is quite easy for the straps to stay on but I find that small people's hands can slip out easily which can be quite frustrating when playing a game. I will only give the game four stars based on that.

            ==Overall==

            This is a fun game for adults and children alike with minimum chance of windows getting smashed compared to other bat/ball games. For the price (less than £5 on Amazon) it is definitely a great little game to play. Also a great value game and a good little birthday or Christmas present.

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              11.05.2012 17:22
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              It's amazing what you can do with a ball and a couple of dinner plates

              With the warmer weather approaching us, (stop laughing please), and the sun about to burst through the rain clouds, (No seriously, stop that giggling), it's time to get out the garden furniture and, for those long summer holidays, the garden games so that you can keep the kids entertained without spending a vast fortune on those tedious days out.

              One particular game that my family and I like to have a good laugh whilst playing is a game involving a ball and what looks like two tennis bats that some one has stolen the handles off, leaving what looks like two round 'dinner plate' shaped objects.
              But this is exactly what these 'dinner plate' shaped are, they have no handles and they certainly have no little bits of string the ball bounces off, in fact, the ball doesn't even bounce off the things, which may sound like the entire game is as boring as watching an episode of the Wright Stuff whilst being stuck in bed with the remote control just slightly out of reach.

              So before you rush off thinking that a ball game where the ball doesn't bounce isn't really going to be fun, let me explain about this particular 'none bouncing ball game' that is more fun than throwing wet sponges at Simon Cowell whilst shooting down a ski slope on a toboggan.

              This game I am talking about, one which my family love to play, is where you throw a specially made ball to another person who has to catch the ball with the specially made 'bat' or 'mitt' or 'dinner plate', (although don't use your nans best dinner plates).
              That's all there is to it, it is the Mookie Catcherball Game and all it comes with, and all you need, apart from a little space that is, is the two catchers 'mitts' and the 'ball', which all come in the package.

              The catchers 'mitts', or more a 'dinner plates' as that is what they look like, are about 220mm in diameter with the ball being about 70mm in diameter.
              The 'mitts' have two colours, green and pink, going along in stripes, with the ball being made of the same colours.
              On the back of the 'mitt's there is a strap which is where you slide your hand through so that you can hold the 'mitt' steady. With a plastic rim surrounding the 'mitt' which keeps the entire thing together.
              Then there's the ball itself, which is a normal ball really, only a little bit 'hairier' which helps it 'grip' onto the 'mitt'.

              The magic of the 'mitt' is on the same lines as the old hook and eye system, (Velcro), which, as the ball has a 'rough' surface, is designed so that when the ball hit's the 'mitt' it stays where it lands, (most of the time anyway).

              It doesn't take a genius to play the game as it's just a matter of throwing and catching, although when I say catching you actually just put the 'mitt' in the path of the ball and when the pair comes together you have 'caught' the ball.
              That's it, that's all the game consists of and therefore doesn't require too much brain power to play, all you need is a bit of hand-eye co-ordination and you're laughing.
              Personally I try to make things a bit more exciting by throwing the ball at difficult angles so that the person that is doing the 'catching' has to move a bit, sometimes a lot in fact, depending on what mood I'm in.

              I do have to say that the plastic ring around the 'mitts' can be damaged, even snapping completely if you fall over and land on this, but it can take a bit of a whack with out cracking up faster than a banker being refused his bonus.

              As for the price of this all round entertaining game, well it sells for a mere £5.00, or there abouts, and there are even cheaper alternatives on the market which do the same things but may be a little more fragile.

              Please note.
              It states that this is for people aged 3 and above, but I've played this with my young nephew, who's just turned two, and he's enjoyed throwing the ball at the 'mitt', or even holding the 'mitt' whilst I've gently tossed the ball onto it, and he's survived the ordeal with a scratch.
              So as long as a person can throw a ball or even hold a 'mitt' then this is a fun thing sto play. There's no small bits to choke on and even less sharps pieces to have ones eye out, so the age three caution is a bit daft in my opinion, as long as there's some form of supervision.

              In all, for me this is without doubt one of the easiest little 'games' to play and as long as a person can catch or grip, then this is for them.
              It's hours of fun and, if played in an open space, can be quite good exercise too as you may have to chase the ball quite a bit. It's ideal for playing on the beach, in a field, as a family, with friends or even, (if you've no friends), on your own.


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              11.05.2012 15:29
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              Great fun for the whole family

              With this set you receive 2 pads and a ball which make up a fun ball game for both children and adults. My children love ball games they like trying to play with bats and balls so when I seen this for just £2 at home bargains I decided to pick it up for them for our next trip to the local country park.

              The Pads and the ball
              The pads are a fair size they can be used by children and adults and although it is a little large on my sons hand this provides a bigger target for him to catch the ball with while still meaning adults can have a go if they wish. There is a handle on the back of the pad so you can sit the pad comfortably on your hand while you play and again it is a little loose on my 4 year old son even when you adjust it to the lowest setting he can still get it to stay put while he plays. On the other side of the mat is a Velcro finish and this of course is to catch the ball when it is thrown.

              The ball has a fluffy finish to it so that when it hits the Velcro it sticks to the pad although this does not always happen and if you throw it too hard it will just bounce of the mitt most of the time it will catch well to the Velcro which is the whole point of the game.

              The ball is light so that it could hurt if it was to catch you but not too much making it suitable for younger children. This also makes the ball easier to stick to the pads and the weight does not pull it off the pad as although the Velcro is fairly effective at holding the ball it is not impossible for it to unstuck. It still has enough weight to carry itself well so it can be thrown and not knocked off course too much by a little wind although obviously it is not great if it is a windy day as any more than a little gust it does get blown of course.

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              Well they say the simple things in life are often the best and this is true for this game even though it is a simple concept of throwing and catching a ball it really can be fun for all ages. It can be used outdoors and we often take it if we are going for a picnic or day out to the beach as it is small enough to be practical to take along with us.

              All you have to do is throw and try to catch the ball it does not work well as a 1 person game although that is not to say my children have not tried they like to throw the ball in the air and try and catch it themselves but it works a lot better with two people throwing it back and forth.

              It can be played with by all the family and it is great for some fun outdoors it helps with fine motor skills and as you are jumping about trying to catch the ball it is great to burn a little energy while having fun. The whole set is very simple and you do not need any special skills to use it making it fun without being frustrating there is no winner or loser in this game either which although I think a little competition is great it is nice to have a game that can just be enjoyed by the family.

              Durability
              We have had this for coming up to a year now and it is still fully usable I do find that sometimes the strap to hold the pad of my hand does come loose and the more we have used it the more this happens although the Velcro on this has worn down the Velcro on the front of the pad does seem to work just as well as it ever did.
              I do believe we will get at least another summers use out of this if not more which for the price we paid and the amount of use we have had out of it I think is great. Some of the fluffy cover of the ball has come away from the ball but again there is still enough to make it fully useable still and it still catches to the pads well.

              Summary
              It is recommended for 3 years plus which I can see why as it can be difficult to catch the ball for younger children and the pad seems very oversized for them. However my daughter and youngest son both like to try and have had a lot of fun with this set. I do worry as their fine motor skills are not as developed as they need to be for this game and there has been occasions where they have been caught with the ball but will no lasting damage and this does not seem to put them off playing with it.
              I think this is great fun not only for my children but my husband and I have also been known to have a go much to my children's delight and it can be used by both adults and children for simple fun and to develop fine motor skills.

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                11.05.2012 08:04
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                This is a pretty basic game but a fun game nontheless. I never knew what the name of this was until I found it on the site. I think most of us have had this set in the house at 1 time or the other and I don't really think that there is any brand named versions of this. I picked my set up in Home Bargains and primarily picked it up for when my niece and nephew came to the house but I have to say that I have had a bit play with this and although there is nothing to it it is just a fun thing to do for a bit.

                All that you get in the set are 2 of the large round things and a ball. The Ball is just like a normal furry kind of Tennis Ball and the round disk things are plastic and they have a velcro covering on them. There is a thick enough bit elastic on the back of this which will allow you to keep your hand flat and this sits over the back of your hand so you don't have to grip onto this. The Velcro can be adjusted for smaller hands but it is that bit harder for little children to hold this.
                So what is the idea of this? Well each person gets a board and the idea is that the ball is thrown and you catch it by holding up the board and the ball will stick to it. It sticks on tight enough but not too tight that you can't easily pull this off.

                And that is all this game is about. A version of catch - nothing to it, but still pretty fun with throwing a ball back and forward.
                This game isn't expensive and you will pay between £3-£4 for this I would say. I find that this game pops up in lots of brick a brac type shops which sell lots of plastic toys.

                Good cheap fun

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                  09.05.2012 16:08
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                  Good summer fun

                  The Mookie Catcherball is an age old game you can probably remember some variant of from your childhood.

                  I bought mine from B&M Bargains, a discount store, for £2.99, which is about right, anything under a fiver is about average and fair, I'd say.

                  So what do you get in the box? (Well, the plastic bag)? You get two catcherball mitts, and a ball.

                  The catcherball mitts are large 'plates' you hold on your palms by use of a strap, they are very lightweight with a rim of black plastic, and the insert is bright neon velcro (in my case, the pink and green of the picture but I did also see them in a neon yellow and orange combination).

                  The ball is made to match in neon pink and green, it is important to note this is not a regular tennis ball but a very fuzzy ball which is designed to stick easily to the velcro pads.

                  It's a fun toy with many uses - mainly for a catch style game, you can buy more than one set and play with more people, or you can even play on your own. The ball and mitt work well together - the ball sticks well but is easy for even children to rip off. It doesn't leave any residue and the ball has a pleasing bounce to it.

                  This makes a great park or garden toy, but equally it's an ideal beach toy with it being so simple, lightweight and reasonably priced. It's suitable for all ages, and even though it is cheap, is well made, and will easily last you a summer or longer.

                  Overall I highly recommend the Mookie Catcherball game, it's reasonably priced, fun, simple and well made. Unlike other faddy games it has no small parts to lose, fiddly instructions or flimsy parts. Just as they say - the old ones are the best!!

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                  07.05.2012 13:59
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                  Simple and effective affordable catching toy from Mookie

                  Sometimes, the simplest things are the most effective. Take this funky little toy for example. Mookie do a good range of basic indoor and outdoor toys, but this one is ideal for either. Essentially, it consists of two bats and a ball, with velcro on the catching pads and all over the ball as well. This makes it a bit more practical and dare I say it safe for indoor use, while being able to hurl the velcro covered ball outside and stick out a hand to catch it on the pad is great fun too.

                  And I say the simplest things, because that's exactly what this is. There's no tricky element to it, no funky mechanism that needs careful design engineering. Just a bit of velcro and you have hours of fun. My son and I regularly play with this, albeit mainly indoors especially with the run of wet and cold weather we have had, especially at weekends.

                  Each of the two bats is round and slightly smaller than a dinner plate. There's a strap on the hard plastic back that is adjustable for you to put your hand through, and then you splay your fingers and thumb across the plastic, ultimately transforming your palm into a big sticky plate with which to catch the ball. The ball itself is essentially a tennis ball covered in velcro, allowing you to throw the ball between you for fun, practice or whatever you choose.

                  The simplicity speaks for itself, and the product also has good design quality, which you'd hope for given that there's not much that can go wrong. We've had this now for quite a while, and the velcro is still effective. I could see it becoming worn and tired after a while, although this hasn't happened to our set yet. The hard plastic of the back of the bats is actually quite durable. Our son has used these plenty of times as frisbees, with or without permission (!), and they have stood up to the projectile test admirably. No issues there.

                  It sits comfortably in your hand, but the weird thing is that despite the velcro on the face of the bat and the ball likely to be the most affected and weaken first, I've found that it's more the case with the strap itself, which loops through a catch and then velcros on tight. This doesn't always stay on solidly, and a few times of late I've had to stop and readjust mid game. Only a minor annoyance, but something to bear in mind I suppose.

                  Pricewise this won't break the bank either, as with most Mookie toys. You can get them for as low as £4 on amazon depending on supplier, and as long as you research who is selling it to you beforehand then you shouldn't have too many problems. The prices do reach up towards the £10 mark, but this is still decent value for a toy so simple and easy to use and durable in the main.

                  Overall then, another winner from Mookie. Not perfect as it will have a shelf life as the velcro in various places starts to fade, but for the price and the amount of fun you can get out of it, I'd say it's well worth the purchase. Recommended.

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                    29.04.2012 14:19
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                    Great game

                    I remember this game from when I was younger and I used to play it at the caravan with my younger sister, I was doing some browsing on Amazon and saw the game so had to buy it as knew my daughter would also love the game just like we had.

                    The game cost me £4.50 and had free delivery which i think is great for a fun gamer that will be played with for as long as the velcro action lasts, the game comprises of two panels of green and pink velcro type material backed onto black plastic and a tennise type ball also pink and green and made of nylon loops so that it will attach itself to the bats.

                    the idea of the game is for each person to take it in turns to throw the ball and for the other person to catch it on their bat, we always played that the first person to drop the ball 3 times was the loser but you can make your own rules up since the game doesn't come with any.

                    the bats have a piece of black velcro on them to that they will fasten around your hand and can be adjusted to fit both children and adults which I think is great as some games don't think about how children and adults will play together.

                    We have a lot of fun with this game and it helps teach my daughter to throw and catch more accurately which is good however it gets more competitve when myself and my sister play together neither of us are good loser and do play dirty to try and make the other lose all I can say is it's a good job my neighbours are my parents are we are always in and out the garden to get the ball back.

                    The game is compact and can be taken with you if tyou go to the park or even on hoilday it provides great fun and is simple enough for young children to understand, the game is brightly coloured so it is attractive and it is a good price too. I would recommend this game as would my daughter.

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