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I saw this Mookie lolo ball and had to buy it for my son as I remembered having something extremely similar when I was his age and I remember I absolutely loved it.
My son loves it too but he has to fight his sister and me for a go of it as we love playing on it to.
The lolo ball is a ball that has ring round it. Think the shape of Saturn and you won't be far wrong. You stand on the ring and squeeze the ball with your feet and then jump about. It sounds simple but it is extremely difficult to get the hang of it but to be honest part of the fun is falling off and trying to master staying on the ball.
My son has no problems with using this but he does usually need a hand to settle himself on it and make sure his balance is right before he can start jumping about. Even though it is recommended for ages 3 years up I honestly think this would be too difficult for a really young child to balance on and I wouldn't think it would be suitable personally for anyone under the age of five.
Once you get the hang of the bouncing and your balance right this is great fun and we always have a real laugh bouncing about the garden seeing who can stay on it the longest. The neighbours must think we are crazy as there is always lots of shrieking and laughing when using this.
Not only is it fun but it also gives a great work out. This might not matter to children so much but I always notice that my legs feel like jelly after using this and it really does help to work the muscles in my legs.
For the kids it not only encourages them to be active but it helps tire them out too.
We have loads of Mookie toys and they have always been really good quality and this is no exception. I only paid around about £10 for this and I really would recommend it to all parents who are looking for a fun toy that will encourage their kids to be active. The good thing about it is that you can also get some enjoyment out of it too and it is a toy for the whole family.
After seeing this particular product for sale, and quite cheaply too, I had to get one, with the idea of getting this for my children to play with, but really with me in mind!
The product in question is - "Lolo ball".
When I was a youngster my lolo ball was my prized possession, the upside was that I was the first person to get one so had mastered it by the time my friends got theirs! (show off me? Never!)
A lolo ball resembles the planet Saturn, with the bouncy ball originally being round, then as the feet rest ring is squeezed over the top, changes it into a peanut shape.
The ball is a smooth rubber surface meaning no rubbing when the feet and ankles are squeezed against it, but the ring is very textured and ridged, making this slip proof, and easier to keep your footing, though don't try to use this bare footed it will hurt like hell on the textured surface!
To use it really is a case of balancing and squeezing at the same time. You balance the ball on it's side, I always found that using my dominant foot was the easiest method, then in one swift movement you stand on the other side with the other foot, making the loo ball stand upright for a mere few seconds, at which time you have squeeze your feet together around the ball and start bouncing, yes I id take me a good few go's before getting upright, but once there it really is so much fun.
After buying this for my daughter I tried to show her the best way of getting upright (my method is of course the best!), but found she was too timid to do it this way, so tried her with holding on to me whilst trying to balance herself out, though once upright she then forgot to squeeze and jumped throwing the ball a foot behind her!
My go was much more successful, though I don't recall everything bouncing as much as it did in my youth, I feet extremely self conscious with my boobs bouncing up and around my ears, though a suitably placed arm helped this particular problem.
After a few bounces I found it was very much like riding a bike, easy enough to get back into, even managing to perform a few tricks from my extensive repertoire (in fairness most of them were involving me jumping on the ball over my Dad's pond as a kid, which I wouldn't try now!), and jumping whilst skipping at the same time.....not for long though as I nearly knocked the kids out with my wandering chest!
The unit itself is extremely hard wearing, with the majority of the damage being to the rigid plastic ring itself, and this was more scratches on the outer edge from the initial mounting of the ball.
The colour has faded considerably since buying, though this is due to the ball being left outside in all weathers, but has not deteriated the plastic or rubber of the ball, making this a hardwearing toy too.
Price wise this is available via www.amazon.co.uk for £11.99, though do keep checking for offers, with mine costing a bit less than that.
This is a fantastic outdoor toy that kept me entertained hours a day when I was younger, and has my daughter swearing like a trucker when trying to use it, recommended!
Thanks for reading x
It's amazing how many retro toys come back into play many years later and become all the rage again. It's also often the simplest of things that make a resurgence, and they generally tend to work when they've been released as remembered, with no tampering or redesigning, and this is the case with this 'lolo ball' - some may refer to it as a moon ball, others as that hopping thingy I used to fall off when I was a kid!
Mookie's lolo ball is basically a solid plastic ring which separates two inflated rubber bouncy balls, which are probably comparable to exercise balls in terms of material and also how firm they are - it's basically a toy sized rubber Saturn! The idea is that you stand on the plastic ring, one foot either side of the smaller of the two balls, with the larger ball acting as the base and the springiness which enables you to hop. There's a bit of a knack to it, a technique which is mentally easy to master after one go, but in reality may take you substantially longer (especially if you're anything like me!). I find it best to get one foot on there and then sort of launch yourself onto two feet and start hopping straight away.
The effects is like being on a really small, moving trampoline, crossed with a pogo stick without the stick. In short, it's a great test of your balance. Once you get the knack of it, then you can control where you go on it, as opposed to just staying still in one place, and I find that kids are much better at this than adults. The disc is only just big enough to put your feet on, and the ball in the centre quite small too. It stands to reason that the smaller you are, the more chance you have of being able to control this. I guess it also helps to be as close to the ground as possible.
This is a really fun retro style toy to play with, and it's the sort of thing that you can play with for a few seconds and then stop for something else or even play with it for a long time, either on your own or taking it in turns. It can get a bit out of control, so it's advisable to play with it in an open space, not too enclosed, so that if you do go stumbling around, as you inevitably will on at least the first attempt, you won't fall onto or into anything you're likely to break or hurt yourself on. I'd certainly advise supervision for younger kids, although once you get to about 5 or 6 they should be alright on their own with this so long as they're not on concrete or or something sharp.
Naturally, excessive use will lead to the material wearing out over time. I find them quite durable, but the strains on the joins where the balls meet the ring may wear a bit, so just be aware of this as your lolo gets older. Quite simply, use your judgment, and if you think it needs replacing for any reason, then the fact that you can get one of these easily for under £10 means that it's not going to break the bank, and is well worth the price tag for the fun you can get out of it.
I cannot believe that I found a Mookie Lolo Ball on Amazon recently - which I felt compelled to buy for my children to play with in the garden. I used to have one of these as a kid, although I'm sure that it wasn't called a "Mookie Lolo Ball" when I had one, although it is definitely the same toy. This cost me £7.50 on Amazon - which included postage and packaging - and so I really did feel that this was a bit of a bargain!
I'm sure this ball needs no introduction to anyone aged over the age of 20 - but basically its a bouncy "ball" which is surrounded by a circular plastic platform all around the middle of the ball. The result is a product which looks a bit like a ball which has been squidged too tightly by a plastic belt platform so that it squidges out of the top and bottom of the belt. The concept of using the Mookie Lolo Ball is to stand on the plastic platform and then literally bounce up and down on the plastic ball - and not fall off (I never perfected the latter stage of this very well!).
This particular product is well made as it is fairly rigid and has not broken despite being on the receiving end of lots of rough treatment by my kids. The plastic ring is firm and textured and so you can stand on it with confidence without fear of slipping off (although you may still fall off if your balance is as bad as mine!). The ball part is also sturdy and has just the right amount of bounce in it - irrelevant of the weight of the person stood on the ball.
Not only is it really good fun, but it is also really good exercise!!
Cast your mind back to 1986 and you might remember a toy called the moon ball was all the range. I remember the pride I felt when I managed to save my meagre £1 pocket money for a whole six weeks to be able to go and buy one. I was the envy of the playground and actually wore my first moon ball out and had to get a second one.
One of the great joys of being a parent is introducing your kids to things you love, I was delighted to see the Lolo ball when browsing on Amazon and quickly snapped it up for £10 for my then 11 year old daughter.
The Lolo ball is a simply constructed toy, it comprised of a circular platform and in the middle is a double ball type creation. The child stands on the platform and grips the top of the rubber ball with their feet and jumps up and down, it takes an hour or so to master the technique and is best done with something to hold onto but once the child gains confidence then they can bounce around freely.
I have found that the platform is ideal for feet which are around 11 to 13 years old, an adult with big feet would struggle to use the Mookie ball. The platform is slightly ridged so there is plenty of grip but still best not to be used with wet feet to avoid slipping. The Lolo ball has been dumped in the garden for weeks at a time and still looks as good as new with no fading of the colours. The ball has never needed pumped up in our time of ownership but I imagine a football pump would be ideal for this purpose. The ball will gradually wear over time, ours has a few scuffs but nothing major. Obviously a parent should use their judgement and if they think the ball is wearing really thin or is in danger of bursting then it is best to discard the toy.
My daughter never took to the Lolo ball with the same gusto I had for the moon ball as a nipper. It is a toy she played with only occasionally for short periods of time. My nephew is a year younger and far more adventurous and he enjoys seeing how high or far he can jump.
The Lolo ball is well made but will eventually wear out and seems to have limited appeal to modern kids so three stars from me.
Whilst browsing on Amazon.co.uk I stumbled across a blast from the past, in the shape of a Mookie Lolo Ball. I had one of these, or an identical one by a different brand, when I was a kid and I loved it, I think it must have been a bit of a fad in the 80s!
I bought this new version of the Lolo Ball for just under £9, including free supersaver delivery from Amazon, and when it arrived a few days later my kids and I were very excited to try it out.
Basically, the Lolo Ball consists of a hard plastic circular ring, which is attached to a bulbous bouncy but very tough rubber bottom, and a smaller rubber dome shape on top (kind of like a dust ring of Saturn orbiting a mis-shaped planet!) The photo above is accurate, but the toy is upside down; you use the large bit underneath and keep the smaller dome on top.
The idea is to balance on the ring with a foot each site of the smaller rubbery dome and grip with the sides of your feet whilst bouncing up and down, using the ball underneath to provide the bounce. It sounds complicated but it's not, although it does take a bit of practice to get the hang of it. I couldn't see a weight limit on the box, and as I don't weigh much anyway (there are probably fat kids that weigh more than me, and it HAS to be sturdy enough to take them), I gave it a go myself. I was a lot worse at it than when I was a kid, but after a while I could bounce and balance for not far off 1 minute. Knackered, I leet the kids have another go at it!
My kids were much better at it than me, and spent an hour bouncing up and down between the two of them, before they were both tired out! In terms of a device that's fun for kids to play with, but which also offers great exercise, this is a brilliant toy, which is suitable for children aged 3 and upwards, although I do think 3 year olds will DEFINITELY need supervision with this - I don't think they are stable enough on their feet to manage with this comfortablely, and I can envisage younger kids falling off this and hurting themselves quite easily.
Overall, I can really recommend this toy for kids, it's great fun, hardwearing, not too expensive and can even be stolen by adults!
Mookie Lolo Ball
As I mentioned in a previous review I have been buying outdoor toys to keep friends and families children occupied when they come round to visit. I was pleased to find that there were so many retro toys available, ones that I loved as a child so I was hoping that children of today would like them as much, therefore, I purchased away. My latest addition is a Mookie Lolo ball, a toy that I remember being rather good at, jumping my way up and down our back garden quite a few years ago.
Basically, this toy is an elongated ball with a small plastic platform round the centre (see photo above). You just stand on the platform and squeeze the ball between your feet and start jumping around. It is a great toy for getting some exercise and it does become addictive as you try and do better than your previous jump score or someone else's score.
I bought this one from Amazon for £8.97, which might be a tad pricey for what it really is. However, it has given the children some entertainment and a few of the adults who were trying to re-capture their youth. A bit of a warning thou, this isn't a toy for adults and it won't last long if the adults steal it away from the kids.
Overall I am going to give this four out of five stars. The children were really pleased with this and the price was not too expensive. This toy looks pretty study and I can't imagine that this would need replaced any time soon.
I brought this for my 10 year old sister from a car boot last year, I paid £1.50 for it..... I remember that even though it was so long ago because I talked the bloke down from £5.00 because NO WAY would I have paid that for it!
The Lolo Ball is exactly like you can see in the photo Dooyoo have got up, mine is even the same colour but I think they do come in different colours if purple and silver isn't your fave. Actually I KNOW they come in other colours because I've seen one of the kids who lives by us using a pink one.
It's a dead simple idea but definitely a lot of fun for children. It's a rubber ball that has been pushed through a thick plastic ring, you put your feet on the ring on either side of the ball and once you've got your balance you should be able to bounce up and down..... and even side to side once you've sussed it!
It's learning to balance that's the hard part, the Lolo Ball will hold an adults weight because the ball is pumped up solid.... I mean, if there's 18 stone of you it probably won't bounce all that well but you're not going to hurt the toy by being too heavy for it. The trick is to get on the ball while it's in the lopsided position that it's shown in on the photo, that means you've already got your balance and then you just need to kind of shove yourself upwards so that the plastic ring is level.
Bouncing is quite easy then, at first you'll just be doing tiny bunny hops but eventually you'll be able to bounce quite high. My sister is BRILL at it, she's mega athletic anyway and it didn't take her long to get good at it but I've been practising for about 4 months now and I'm lucky to get half an inch into the air!
The Lolo Ball is very sturdy, thinking about it I probably brought it a year ago because I remember my sister was using it all through last summer and it was second hand even then. The ball looks a bit dirty now, it's that kind of grime that comes from repeatedly touching the floor but there aren't any chips out of the ball and even the bottom part isn't cracked or punctured. You can only use the Lolo Ball one way round and I was expecting the bit that is always in contact with the floor to start looking dodgy by now but we haven't had any problems so far.
I think I got a bargain when I brought this Lolo Ball but if you want a brand new one you can get one from Amazon for £8.97 and I think even that's good value because this is loads of fun and is a cheeky way of getting kids to do more exercise.