Product Type: Mookie Outdoor Toy
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A great swingball set for younger players
Mookie Swingball First Swingball
Member Name: jillycat
Mookie Swingball First Swingball
Advantages: Well made great for hand eye condition ball bats and light ideal for young players
Disadvantages: none in our household
This was a toy we bought for my son to play this summer in the garden. It has provided a huge hit with him and we have had it up and down to play with on most of these sunny days.
What is it?
This toy is made by Mookie that produced the original swing ball. This set comes in a carry case ready to assemble, the case is also the base of the swing ball. There are three light blue plastic pole sections that are very easy to place into yellow locking sockets that make the pole section. On the top of the swing ball is the looped spiral section and this light blue yellow and green section slips easily into the top of the pole. The ball which is a soft foam one compared to the hard tennis ball of the normal swing ball attaches via the loop to the top of the swing ball set. There is a yellow clasp that slides up and down on the string that keeps the string and ball in place on the pole. At the end by the ball there is a bit of plastic by the ball to keep it nice and straight. The set comes with two small bats that have a soft grip to them.
When my son this for the first time he couldn't wait for us to assemble it and for him to play with it. Putting this together really is a matter of minutes to do the bit that I actually find takes the longest is filling the base/carry case with water to give it stability. You can use sand in this too but as we have used this at home so far we have always used water. The poles lock together easily and sit easily into the hole section of the base. The height of the pole is just right for my three year old and he can hit the ball well and not struggle to reach the ball as it hangs down.
The spiral section as the to slots into the rest of the poles easily and remains fast there for all the games we have played but equally when it comes to packing away the set it comes out of the poles without too much pulling. When we loop the ball over the top the clasp is easily to slide along into place on the spiral section. If you want a non competitive game where the ball doesn't go down the spiral then just sit the clasp section on top of the spiral and it never goes down. Whilst this is good for my three year old as the ball is always in play it could be a bit frustrating for older children as the ball never gets to the bottom If you do want the fun of the ball going down the spiral then you need to make sure the string section sits in the spiral to travel down wards.
The bats are a nice lightweight design that is very easy for my son to hold and keep it in the right position to hit the ball. He never feels weighed down with the weight of the bat and this allows him to develop a better co ordination with his bat and ball skills than he has done with a regular size swing ball. The bats are a nice bright red in our set and are nice and robust and have even taken my son using them to hit a regular tennis ball without any damage.
The ball is nice a nice soft foam which means if it does hit my son or one of his friends whilst they are playing with it the ball just bounces off without leaving a bruise and very rarely results in any tears as the ball hits them. At the end of the ball the plastic strip keeps the string nice and straight near the ball which seems to make it a bit easier for the younger members of the family to hit the ball as it spins round towards them. It also means they have something to hold as they try to hit the ball the first time.
My son has loved this game since we have got it and enjoys playing it with anyone he can persuade to play. When we have had some of his friends around to play at the house they all enjoy taking turns with this and it is often played with for a good three quarters of an hours before they move on to something new. But they always return to the game so we never take it down whilst they are there. I do find that if you know you are going to playing this game with an adult player you need to fill the base fully up with water to give it greater stability for the harder knocks. The set easily fits into the carry case and it is not one of those toys that needs a MENSA intelligence to get the bits in the case in a special configuration.
Swing ball I think is a great introduction to tennis and other ball games such as rounders as it helps improve hand eye co ordination in children and it is fun whilst they play. We don't as yet have winners and losers with this game but as my son gets older we will no doubt have the loser as the person who knocks the string off the spiral at the bottom.
I would definitely recommend this set for young children the lighter ball, bats and small pole compared to regular swing ball make it a great choice for the under fives. The set is well made and easy to put up and down. As it stores so compactly it is ideal to take on holiday and on day trips as it takes up no room and comes complete with its own case and base with a handle. We bought ours in our local supermarket for under £15 but you can buy it from Amazon currently for around the same price.
Summary: A great first swingball set that is fun for the under fives due to its lighter and small design