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Introduction: We have a fairly small garden which isn't big enough for a proper football as this would end up with some serious damage to the house! I have been looking around for a ball which was light and soft that would not cause too much damage and would last a long time. I spotted this after googling "foam ball", it was on amazon and I decided to give it a try. The ball cost me £4 including p&p which I believed to be an ideal price and fairly cheap for an item so large to post. The ball is a size 5 and looks funky and bright. Quality: The ball is soft, yet feels firm. Some foam balls are too soft and light which make playing football difficult. This is heavy enough to direct your kicks well and it is good quality. The ball has not worn in any way yet and is keeping Its original shape well. It will not cause any damage to windows which is a huge bonus. The only damage this ball will do is knock over plant pots in the garden. The ball is excellent quality and I believe it is well worth the investment. I will be buying more. This ball is ideal for children who are learning how to play, and also good for adults who have a small garden and want a kick around. It's suitable for all ages. Problems: Do not leave these balls outside overnight or when it is raining. They will absorb the water and will become hard to use and feel too heavy, keep the ball indoors to prolong its life. Also this ball is not suitable if you have a dog as one bite from a dog and the foam will start to fall out. Overall: I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in football. It can give hours of fun to kids and is great for a small area which contains breakables in. The value of the item is excellent, buying from amazon is easy and the ball didnt take long to arrive in the post. I will be giving this ball a 5 star rating as there is no problems with the ball itself. Thanks for reading my review and I hope it helped you. 5 star item
~Foam footie fun with Mookie~ ************************ The reason that I bought one of the brightly coloured Mookie foam based play balls was that it could potentially be used both indoors and outdoors for soft play and football type games without it being something that might cause damage to items around the home. Having had one of these foam play balls in use over the course of a number of months last summer I have found that children of a range of ages do seem to enjoy playing with these light and often easy to catch and throw football themed Mookie balls. When the ball was bought it cost just £2.49 which I felt was fair value for this type of toy and as there was a choice of colours to pick from I feel that these could appeal to both boys and girls as they come in red, blue or yellow colour options. ~Using the product~ **************** When new the foam that makes up these play balls was very smooth and well finished in my opinion and there was certainly nothing rough or sharp on the outer surface that caused any harm to any of the children that played with the ball. The ball seemed very light and easy for the children to play with and it was used for games of catch and piggy in the middle very often, being something that kept everyone entertained for a good length of time. As the ball is made of a foam based material it can be thrown and caught by younger as well as older children and in many ways can be easier for a younger child to play with, although I must point out that the recommended age range begins at 3 years upwards. Older kinds of kids (mummies and daddies) can play along with their children when using the Mookie ball with equal ease. I found that an adult with a strong throwing arm can end up throwing one of these far too far away with very little effort (oops!), which can be a slight downside (although the children do end up getting a little more exercise when running off eagerly to fetch it back again). As the balls are made from foam they can also be use in the pool in the summer time which goes down rather well with the children, as they can be put in to the pool and used to splash about with. The balls do fill with water and become heavier if used this way although I found that they can be easily drained off afterwards. The foam material used to make the play balls does tend to get a little pock marked after repeated use when used outside which is to be expected with something that has such a soft outer surface. The foam material doesn't allow the ball to bounce much during play, however this wasn't an issue at all as it was used mainly for catching games and the odd game of football. I found that these Mookie play balls should not be left outside in wet weather as they can end up wet and water filled and over time they can end up being rather mouldy smelling if left out side for any length of time in the rain, making them something that would need a good deal of cleaning if being used again in future. ~Product rating~ ************* On the whole these soft foam balls are a good size, being roughly 20cms and are a toy that can be used both outdoors and indoors if wanted. The foam material isn't so rough that it grazes the skin of anyone playing with it even when thrown with some force, although when water filled the ball is considerably heavier so care should be taken if older children decide to play catch with it alongside younger less able children. Other than that there is no reason why the ball should not provide plenty of fun for a range of children from 3 onwards, when it can be really useful for younger children to learn how to catch etc. My rating for this toy is 4 stars as the one I bought had plenty of use during its lifetime and provided lots of fun at the same time.
This is one of those toys I did not feel would last long or be worth the money, even though I think I only paid about £3.00 for it. I just felt that it would tear easily and be very difficult to keep clean. Of course these ideas never cross a child's mind and my son was dying to have one. He asked several times, over a long period of time. He even thought of the best ways to persuade me, saying his younger brother would like it, and it would be easier for him to play with. My youngest was just a baby at the time, and it did make a good argument, but the clincher was the hopeful look on my son's face. I suggested and alternative, told him I did not think it would last long, but finally gave in and bought it. We have had this over two years and it is basically as good as new. We have used this primarily indoors, or on the trampoline. It has only ever been kicked about in the garden on warm dry days. I still do not think this would hold up to heavy use on the street, or in puddles. It has however ended up in the pool once and dried with no noticeable effects. I have been able to clean this up with a damp cloth, and it has not torn at all. It even survived the jaws of death for footballs, our staffy, although we did take it away from her right away. I have to admit, I was wrong about this toy, it really has lasted well and provided a lot of fun. This ball is perfect for indoor football on the landing, or even an indoor game of hoops. It was also lovely when my son youngest was just learning to catch as it does not hurt at all if it hits you in the face. He could dig his little fingers in to get a good grip and really loved playing with this. This also makes it handy for teaching headers. We also like to play ball tag, and again this ball is perfect. It is lightweight and easy to carry about, and can be smashed into a rucksack. Of course there are a few drawbacks. I have seen some these used by older children on the street and parking lots. The rough surface of the tarmac does eventually damage the balls. While they will not break a window, tv or fish tank indoors, they certainly will knock things off shelves or mantles, so I do keep this to the landing or computer / play room. It will not travel the same distance as a real football, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing when you have a small garden. They don't have as much bounce either. The best thing about this ball though, is that the kids really do love it. Considering how well it has lasted, and the amount of fun they have had with this, I would consider this a bargain now at £10 , and would certainly buy another if it did become damaged or lost now. The minimum age for this is meant to be 36 months. I can understand this, because I believe it might be possible for a child to bite a chunk off and possibly choke, although very unlikely. But I also think the key ingredient is supervision. My son loved rolling this back and forth, then catching and throwing, and as long as a parent is present and playing with the child, I see absolutely no risk. I can also see a lot of benefits as ball games do improve motor skills as well as providing a pleasant way for baby and parent to interact. It is certainly a toy that babies will love as much as the older children. I feel no hesitation in recommending this as soon as your child is able to sit and roll a ball about, so long as you are there to take the ball away should they start teething on it. I would not recommend that you leave the child to play unsupervised with this until they are past the biting and choking stage. As to an upper age limit, amazon recommends 16, but I don't see any reason the rest of us can't have a bit of fun too :)
At the local soft play centre they have a section where the children can kick around foam footballs, shoot at targets or try and throw the ball through a basketball net and when I was there one day I realised that it was a good idea to have a ball like that at home where my son could potentially kick it around inside as well as outside and not cause much damage. I looked on amazon and saw the mookie foam footballs for sale for £2.85 with a £2.00 postage and package charge which seemed reasonable enough and so I purchased one. The ball comes in red, blue or yellow and we received the yellow one which my son was happy about as it is one of his favourite colours! The ball is 20cm in diameter which is a good size, around the size of any of the other footballs that my son has had in the past and certainly big enough to kick around when playing football. The ball is made of foam which is squishy yet feels pretty hard wearing as well. As the ball is made from foam it bounces really well as well as travels far when you kick it hard so this is something to be aware of! Now as I mentioned earlier I bought this ball thinking that we could play with it inside as well but after my son hit a few ornaments and things kicking it inside and the ball causing just as much damage to them as any other ball would I decided that there would be a strict "no kicking" rule in the house. We do still play some games with this ball inside the house though including catch and sometimes we just sit and roll the ball to each other for a little while as well. My son plays football with this ball outside in the back garden but we also take it on trips to the park or beach sometimes too. As I mentioned earlier the ball can travel quite some distance particularly if kicked by an adult as it is quite light weight so this is something to be aware of when you are playing. The ball is ideal for playing dodge ball with when there is a group of people together as it is soft enough not to really hurt if you get hit with it. As the ball is made from foam sometimes my son will stick it in the paddling pool on a sunny day and just throw it around there as it floats but I draw the line when he starts throwing it at me from the paddling pool! This really is a decent ball to have at home and it is versatile too. It stays quite clean surprisingly but on the odd times that my son has managed to get it muddy I just wash it when we get home and some marks stay on but for the most part it washes up pretty well. I would recommend one of these balls if you have a ball loving toddler right up to school children as I think it is a product that will be well used by both. Thank you for reading my review!
Since having my daughter almost 6 years ago, I have found I have bought a lot of mookie toys for her, its a brand I trust and they have a wide range of safe toys for kids of all ages. I was looking for a football for my daughter, after debating with my husband between foam or leather? I choose to buy the foam ball. My daughter was 3 years old at the time and I felt a foam ball was more appropriate for her age. I bought the mookie soft foam ball from toys r us for £4.00 at the time but that was a good few years ago now, Amazon is currently selling the ball for £5.17 with free postage. I have also seen tesco selling them, im sure if you are interested in buying the ball you will look around for the best price like most mothers do. The ball comes in a verity of colours, I bought my daughter the red ball but have also seen them in yellow, blue, green and many more colours, you can also purchase them in different sizes I bought the 20cm ball as its the perfect size for my daughter. The ball comes in a clear plastic packaging which is a waste to be honest, I would have been much more happy to buy the ball without any packaging. The packaging has soft ball printed on it in colourful letters with a picture of a person playing football. On the back of the packaging is the makers address and information about the ball what its made from e.t.c. The ball is soft and smooth mainly red with black hexagonal on it like most balls. The ball is made from foam, which I feel is better than a leather for young kids. It causes less pain if the ball accidental hits your child. Its also quite light weight but does not fly away if there is a breeze, my daughter manages to control the ball easily, we have used the ball for playing football, basketball and netball but the game we like to play most of all is dodge ball! We have owned the mookie soft foam ball for about 3 years now and its still in excellent condition, it seems to have a slight waterproof coating to it but we still store it away in the garden shed mainly to keep our 3 dogs away from it, my dogs would have a field day tearing the foam apart. It can also be used indoors as it is soft but could still knock things over and damage them so we prefer to use it outdoor in the fresh air. My daughter loves her red ball and plays with it a lot, as a family we have had many fun summers in the garden playing dodge ball and usually have her friends around playing too. Its lasting well and was cheap to buy compared to some balls. As I have said I trust mookie and love there toys, any child would love this ball and it encourages outdoor play and fine motor skills.
My three year old loves playing with balls, but while this is fine through the summer it can be a bit dodgy to let her play indoors with them. When we moved house we inherited a huge hallway which we've tweaked to turn it into a play area, it's the perfect size for safe play even with boisterous toys (such as balls) which would usually be restricted to the garden when the weather is decent. There's absolutely nothing that can be broken in that area so during the particularly nasty snap in late December Mark let Hollie have her plastic/rubber Winnie the Pooh ball in to play. It would have been fine, but five minutes of listening to the ball slapping against the tile floor (in an enclosed space too <shudder> I can hear it now!) sent me almost insane! Back outside the ball went, the cue for lots of tears from Hollie! I felt bad about it as she'd been enjoying herself, but mummies and daddies reading this will know that sometimes general crabbiness gets in the way of letting your little one turn the house into a nursery. The problem was solved the very same day however, when Mark came back from the shop with a football sized foam ball. Brilliant! Hollie's tears dried up amazingly quickly and she went straight into the hallway to try it out. With every bounce glancing at big-bad-mummy as if I was about to scupper her fun once again. It's a 20cm ball made of dense foam, ours is blue but they're also available in red and yellow. The colours are actually all very 1970s and very dull (for primary colours!), this is surprising for Mookie as their plastic balls are all so brightly coloured. The ball is printed with the hexagons (or to defend myself from the maths pedants, whatever shape they are) that you'd find stitched into a real football, and despite the uninspired colours the balls do look the part. As this is a foam ball it won't bounce as long, or as high, as balls made from plastic and filled with air. Which is good for our purposes of finding a ball that wouldn't make a racket on the wooden floor. It can be treated like any other football, kicking and throwing it is made even easier as the ball seems to travel through the air better than hollow plastic balls. The one thing you want to avoid is letting the ball sit outside in the rain. The foam soaks up any water like a sponge (which is what it basically is) and honestly takes days to dry out. Even if you think it's dry you'll be likely to throw or kick it and end up with a damp splodge wherever it landed! Plus a wet foam ball can hurt if kicked hard at you! I highly recommend this foam football if, like me, you're looking for a ball which can safely be used inside. The thing to remember is this is still quite a heavy ball so will do damage if it hits your TV or anything else that's delicate or breakable. The main thing for me is that it's quiet, and this is definitely the least irritating noise of all the balls Hollie owns. £2 - £3 from most shops which sell a selection of kids toys.
I have the 20cm Mookie foam football in my garden and prefer it to a leather ball. Obviously, because the garden is near the house I dont have a leather ball in the garden because of the windows. When we have family around with their young children we play with the ball and this is also a reason for the foam ball. here is little chance of anybody getting hurt with a foam football and it is lighter than a leather football so kids prefer it for that reason too. At around £5-6 the ball is a little expensive online, but I have seen them for much cheaper in large supermarkets and they are quite popular with most families with children. The Mookie foam football comes in a range of colours and I have seen yellow, blue and red. They are of a soft foam construction and are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. I wouldn't advise leaving the ball outside in the rain, though, as when they get wet they become very heavy and they can begin to disintegrate if they are left outside exposed to the elements for a period of time. I much prefer the foam football to rubber or leather as they are more child friendly. Foam footballs are great toys for kids as they dont need any looking after. They don't need batteries or contain small parts and they are suitable for all age ranges. Most children like playing with a ball, even if it is just catch.
I decided to buy my kids one of these balls as they love to play catch and throw the ball around but I noticed it always ended up with someone crying from being hurt by the ball. Amazon is my first stop when searching for something where I came across this foam football at just £4 including delivery a small price to pay for the safety of my children.We only brought the one as I'm trying to encourage them to play well together and share. The guidance age is for 3 years +. We received the ball a nice colour of red around 20 cm in diameter and so very light and as you may have guessed it was a lovely soft ball. The ball is made out of foam and was a hit with my children straight away. My partner took them outside while I got on with the housework safe in the knowledge I wouldn't need to kiss any boo boos better while they were playing with this ball. As usual they kicked the ball around, played catch and then decided to throw it at each other.This is normally where the trouble begins but as its made of foam it just bounces off with no injury's. They are also great to use in doors on rainy days as its so soft and light it causes minimum damage if it hits anything in your house and as yet hasn't caused any breakages with my ornaments. Also as my son try's to up his football skills he has started to header the ball as its so soft and light its perfect to practice football skills with until he's a bit older and can move on to a more heavier ball. Although my children are still young and can not kick a ball as hard as an older child i would recommend this ball just for peace of mind I know I'm very over protective as a mum but honestly this soft ball has stopped a lot of worry for me. The one down side for me is that my daughter has a tendency to bite things as an initiation test so I had to stop her eating a bit of foam and she is 20 months old so below suitable age guidance range. I supervise them when playing to make sure she does not repeat this but a warning just the same for anyone with younger children. I also recently seen these balls at my local pound shop where I stoked up on a few for family members so its maybe worth a look around to see if you can get them cheaper than they usually sell at £5.
As I am a trainee primary school teacher who has a love for sport, especially football, I decided that it was a good idea to purchase a few of these balls for when I am on placement. In many schools around my area if the weather is even slightly bad, children are not allowed on their school field meaning that the whole school must then spend their break and lunch times on a, usually very small, playground. This often means that the normal leather footballs are forbidden due to the lack of space. Remembering back to my primary school days I hated not being able to play with anything at lunch time when the weather was bad. When I saw this ball, however, I thought it would bring an end to this situation. I purchased this ball from a local sports supplier in town but have yet to see them being sold anywhere else other than Amazon. The Amazon price is around £5.50 for one ball with no postage and packaging however one can buy a collection of three for around £13.00 meaning a saving of around £2.00. When buying the three together they come in three different colours, one red, one yellow and one blue. When I purchased my ball it was purchased in a clear, sealed, see-through bag, the presentation of which was very child friendly. One worry I had about this ball was how similar it would be to that of a real football. Although I never assumed that it would play like that of a leather ball I had hoped that it would certainly be better than the plastic air floaters that tend to fly around and swerve everywhere. I was actually very impressed with this as it did seem to travel true to the direction that it was kicked. There is one disadvantage to the material of this ball however. Where it excels in a dry environment, in the wet it becomes a soggy, heavy mess and cannot be played with properly. This is due to the sponge soaking up water and holding it in. Also due to the material, for some incredibly strange reason I have witnessed many children biting lumps out of it. Now from the smell it does not appear appetising to me but for many children it is. This ball does not just have to be used for football. It can also be used as an aid to help with teaching children about throwing and catching, it can beu sed to play dodgeball (without the fear of a heavy ball knocking you off of your feet), parachute games and in team sports such as over and under games. My girlfriend is also training to work in the Early Years primary classroom and borrowed these balls from me to use in circle games such as; learning each others names and also as a toy to hold when it is their turn to talk. Younger children seem to enjoy these balls because of the bright colours and the smooth, soft spongey texture, the red seems to be a particular favourite. Also as it is only light, weighing 209 grams, younger children find it easy to play with. Overall this is a great product for schools and at home for younger children.
We've got these foam footballs at home for my sisters to play with and there are also LOADS of them at the playgroup I help out at twice a week..... at least 10 of them! The balls are made completely of foam, these 20cm ones are a bit smaller than proper footballs but Mookie make bigger ones and also balls that are about the same size as a tennish ball. The foam is very strong and when you squeeze one of the footballs you can tell that the foam is dense, that's a good thing because it means they're going to be a lot more durable than you would think with them being foam. It takes more than play to damage one of these balls, one of the little boys bites the playgroup ones and with his sharp little teeth he has taken quite a few chunks out of the footballs. At home my 11 year old sister likes kicking the foam ball up the wall but that doesn't seem to damage the foam at all even though it sometimes gets very dirty. The balls bounce good so you can play the same sort of games with these as you would with normal pumped up footballs. You can't slam dunk it into a MASSIVE bounce but it's deffo good enough for most games, the thing is that it LOOKS like a football and to PLAY football it's brilliant. The added thing is that because it's made out of foam it's a softer ball than plastic so if you get hit in the face with one of these balls it's not going to hurt! My sister never puts her balls away so hers have been out in the rain and snow and everything and they're fine, the red one has started looking a bit faded but it's a couple of years old and only cost about £2.00 so you can't moan about that. The playgroup ones haven't lost any colour because we only play inside with them and they go in the lockers at the end of the session...... but them are the ones with the bite marks out so they don't bounce all that straight! lol On Amazon these Mookie footballs are £3.99 but you can get them cheaper off line, they sell foam footballs in the pound shop sometimes but the quality usually isn't as good as these. Recommended!!!
Mookie Toys Foam Football Est 1987 Manufacturer of sporting toy goods Based in Bedford - **** -- Guess what? I'm no Alex Ferguson, though I do possess a vocal hairdryer, so much that I can actually move one of these foam footballs with vocal cords alone. Mookie balls are that light; almost as light as a Malteser except at 20cms wide the Mookie ball can't be picked up on a straw, unless you're lucky enough to have a suction equivalent to 10 Henry's. I don't mean the legendary ex Arsenal player, now sporadic Barcelona bench heater. Foam Footballs are a incredible source of fun in many offices around the country whereby the work-force are predominantly males; Saatchi's in London have them in every corner of passageways, or next to bins in their cubicle offices. A great stress reliever, and not as messy either as the foam footballs shaped as a football, looks like a footie, feels like a foundation puffy sponge and bounces like a blancmange. So it's for keepy uppy only or major league basketball with your waste paper bin. It won't break anything if you allow your delinquents to mess about with the Mookie. Though insure any frail vases that may be a family heir loom, just in case the wind knocks them over, similar to a Didier Drogba in the penalty box. Now if you are breeding a football team and one isn't enough, Mookie Toys do allow members to purchase more than one foam football that ranges from up to 5.00 GBP each. Lads being lads inevitably will play with Mookie to hone in on their Lionel Blair fanciful foot movements; that will naturally baffle the opposition in wonderment, may even wet their pants; a win is a win, it is not how you play it is the result that matters. Ask umbrella man Steve McClaren the ex England carrot head chief. Mookie could have made that big difference in qualifying in the European Cup in Portugal 2008. What a long summer that was. After seeing Joey Barton slinging his fistful of dollars into a party reveller outside a public house several years ago, the first thing that sprung to mind was, he looks highly stressed and needs a Mookie foam football to lay into, instead of a hefty fee of many thousands to pay for the reveller to go private. Joey, a Mookie is only 5.00 GBP on your inflatable earning power surely that is a spit in the Pacific, for you; it is better than a stretch behind bars, well almost. Apparently Barton is determined from now on to be a good boy, Barton quoted: "I regret that my career has been affected negatively at times by making the wrong decisions." Well, I'm telling you now lad a Mookie is better than a hookie, especially a right hookie. Football clubs all across the country have embraced Mookie, some pie eating fans who aren't known for their litotes, blatantly still think Mookie is a signing from the lower divisions like Bedford Town. "Ahem, he must be a good player Mookie is in big red writing below. He's name is Spencer By Mookie, look he has even got his address in Bedford". The problem with the heavy leather football on a drizzly wet pitch is that scores of young men have mild brain damage due to excessively heading soggy leather footballs leaving you seeing stars, welcome to the average British footballer; except for Graeme Le Soux, he reads the Guardian you know, and has a double barrelled name, he would of played with the Mookie Foam Football, you can tell how eloquently he speaks and that all his brain cells are in full working order. Cristiano Ronaldo the manipulative tinker, winker was actually winking to the bench to get the lady army of make-up artists to play Mookie 'Keepy Uppy with him. It was reported incorrectly and the mass media frenzy were making a huge song and dance about the fact whether Ronaldo and Rooney were ever going to kiss and make up, which they did over a Mookie Keepy Uppy session, no tongues were reported. Thanks to Mookie, the end is nigh for the leather football, as top flight footballers want to keep their Andrea Corr good looks and angelic tones for future careers in show business. David Beckham's muddy days at the wind swept brutal encounters where the only means of getting studded was on your rear and not ear; has been swapped over for cucumber eye massages and avocado face creams. Along with his electronic pig, many Mookies are embraced by his siblings, creating havoc down the wing of Beckingham Palace, using Victoria Beckham as one of the goalposts. Foam football is the future. Chelsea Captain John Terry has been getting in some Mookie practice, look how good a player he is. A face on a par with Peter Beardsley, oh perhaps that is a 'Bridge too far'. Mookie is a stepping stone for stardom and riches. Mookie can also take your wishes. Mookie can make you feel on top of the world like Edmund Hillary, Mookie is just a foam football, maybe I'm being silly. The Mookie Foam Football is available at an Amazon near you, please check for details. WAG not included.
We have three of these balls at home, 1 for each child so that there is no fighting. They are around 20cms and are made entirely of foam. We have them in red, yellow and blue. We wanted to get some of these as they are used at our local football training group and are really light for trying to encourage children to do keepy uppys and headers. The foam means that it takes longer for the ball to fall compared to a leather ball so children have a greater time to react. It also means that they cant get hurt and have no fear of the ball hitting them. In fact ours play a game where they have to try to throw the ball and hit each others legs, its similar to tig and is called dodge ball. The printed panels on it make it look like a football and children easily recognise it as such. These seem to be sold at various places on line for around £5 but we picked ours up at the local pound shop. I love the fact that they are only made of foam so they can hit the windows, tv, vases etc and cant break any of them. These are well worth investing in, especially at a £1.