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My little girl loves to play with balls. I think she is going to be a star netball player like her mummy one day but for now she is happy to just throw one around and kick one around and one of our favourites is this Winnie the Pooh Ball. Winnie the Pooh is one of her favourites too so the combination of the two was just too much to pass up. I think I got this in somewhere like Toys R Us or Matalan where they have a big cage full of balls and you can just pick one up. We normally end up kicking it about the shop whenever we go in but this ball is excellent for kicking about at home too.
The ball is small, only 23 cm but its perfect for little hands to hold and pick up. It is made of a thick plastic material so its not solid and in actual fact you can squeeze it a little bit but this does not distort the shape in any way, it always stays round. The thick plastic makes it very durable and its still in perfect condition. It gets a bit scratched but that is not really a problem and does not affect the way we play with it. The nice thing about this ball is that you can play with it indoors or outdoors. It's a little bit hard for indoors. If you are keeping it on the floor or low down its not such a big problem but when kids become a bit more adventurous and can throw it quite hard you will have to beware of your breakables.
Playing with it outside is great as it completely wipes clean and will not become dirty at all. The ball is not technically a bouncy ball but bounces quite well and because its quite light you can throw it quite a long way for kids to chase.
The ball is bright and colourful and features cute pictures of Winnie The Pooh. It is the Disney Winnie The Pooh pictures and not the classic A A Milne pictures. On one side of the ball is a picture of Pooh and Tigger hugging and then on the other side is a a picture of Pooh, Tigger and Eyeore. If I remember rightly I picked this up for about £2, a great bargain in my opinion and fun to play with for all.
This Mookie play ball is a ball we bought for our son about 18 months ago whilst we were on holiday. I can't remember which shop it was but we had come away with out a ball to kick on the warm summer nights near the caravan we were staying in, so when the bright pictures of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger looked down on my son it was an immediate purchase.
The ball we have is the 23cm ball on one side as it were there is Winnie the Pooh and Tigger and on the other there is Winnie the Pooh Tigger and Eeyore. He ball itself is made from vinyl meaning it is nice and light
For some reason this ball according to the pages I found on the web says suitable from 3 years old. I personally can't see why this is the case and my son has played with it quite happily and without any incidents since the age of 18 months.
The ball itself is very light and is not a hard dense football like a leather football, this we find makes it very suitable for our young son as he is able to kick it around the garden with ease. Now that he is 3 the lightness of the ball means he is starting to gain some basic ball control skill and be able to kick this ball with a steady aim into a goal. As the ball is light it is also suitable for playing catch and throwing games with my son. Admittedly he only catches it about 30% of the time at the moment but with it being a large ball he is starting to be able to hold on to it when it is thrown to him. As it is light and made from soft vinyl it also doesn't hurt your hands when you catch it. We used to when he was younger just roll the ball along the floor with catch and it rolls in a nice steady line without nay problems.
Though I have mentioned it is light this doesn't mean it is easily blown away in the wind. We have never lost it over the hedge to the wind but we have lost it when my husband has kicked it out by mistake though.
We found in the summer the ball floats on water well and we have used it in the paddling pool to splash one another and generally cause a mess with water. I am sure you could use it in a swimming pool as well if the lifeguards let you but I know ours don't.
We have also found that when playing on a hard surface when in the playground, it does bounce very well and it gives a wonderful bonging noise as it bounces up and down. It does bounce on grass as well but you don't get the same wonderful noise as you do on a hard surface we always say the noise is Tigger bouncing.
We have had this ball about 18 months and though the picture has faded slightly and the colours are not as bright and crisp as when we first got it, you can still clearly see all the characters on the ball.
The ball itself appears to be quiet robust and so far has not deflated or gained a puncture or broken. This is compared to another ball we bought around the same time that seemed to be of a thinner vinyl and gained a puncture within a couple of months of use.
Overall and recommendation
I would definitely recommend this ball for young pre school children and toddlers. The character design is cute and immediately attracted my son. This ball is always referred to as the pooh ball in our house which is something that doesn't cause embarrassment at times whilst out especially now he has a little boys toilet sense of humour so giggles when calling it the pooh ball! The ball is light enough to be used as a football and for throwing games too. Mookie do several different character balls and I would imagine you can find one for which ever character your child likes whether it is Winnie the Pooh or Ben 10. Available on line from retailers such as http://www.funtica.com/product/Mookie_Winnie_the_Pooh_23cm_Playball_U2603 for £2.99 it is a bargain buy for a lot of fun.
Mookie are the nicest brand. Chances are that if you have any ball-type or outdoor toys then they will either be made or distributed by Mookie. The product I am reviewing today is one of their more basic toys, a Winnie the Pooh emblazoned ball.
It's a cute little thing, my children have actually owned several of these balls over the years - not because they are poor quality but Mookie balls are so cheap to buy that it's no problem to replace a ball that gets damaged either through rough play or if it becomes weathered.
The ball itself is roughly 9 - 10 inches, making it the perfect size for little hands and feet. It has a shiny surface with just a single very flat seam running around the middle of the ball. This is ideal as children young enough to specifically want a cartoon character ball will still be at the stage of rolling it, when Hollie used to use her big sisters official football she would get frustrated due to the indented seams (lots of them) catching on the edge of the slabs and not always rolling where she wanted it to. There are no problems with this extremely smooth ball and it will pretty much always go where it's supposed to.
Once your little one has moved on to throwing, the ball shows it was still an excellent buy. It's heavy enough for anyone of any age to successfully throw around, but is also light for ease of carrying around. The bounce factor is good; a strongish adult can get a bounce higher than them, a small childs bounce will look even more impressive in relation to the size of them. I've noticed that Mookie balls in general aren't much good for dribble-bouncing as they lose their momentum quite quickly, it doesn't matter to Hollie as she's rubbish at it anyway but at twelve Alice gets annoyed that she can't get the ball to produce a series of bounces.
The Winnie the Pooh design lasts well, obviously over time the colours will chip and fade a little but this isn't a problem and is actually a far slower process than with cheaper balls. Hollie has another ball (not Mookie) which featured a very bright picture of Upsy Daisy when I bought it, but less than four months later the ball has not only lost it's shape but there is hardly any colour left on it at all. Very disappointing, but maybe to be expected from a ball that gave me change from £1.
This ball, as well as the rest of the Mookie character ball range, can be purchased from independent shops such as newsagents and discount stores. You'll usually find them housed in a large cardboard or net display unit near the comics. The prices can vary quite drastically, I've paid anywhere between £1.99 and £3.99 although Mookie balls can usually be found on some kind of offer if you're prepared to wait and keep an eye on the fluctuating prices. One thing I will say is to beware buying them from theme parks and seaside-type places as the price can rocket then to £6 and above.
Mookie sell a wide range of character balls including Postman Pat, Teletubbies and Ben 10 to name but a few so you're sure to find something you child likes even if he/she isn't the biggest Winnie the Pooh fan. One thing I do like about these Pooh Bear balls is the fact that Mookie will often change the design so by buying them from different shops it's possible to develop your own (admittedly unexciting) collection on a theme.
Oh, in case you're wondering about the title. My charming bro-in-law taught Hollie that 'joke', it wasn't very amusing the first time as I though she was playing with an excrement lined ball - not so, just another tasteless joke from the Adam-repertoire!
We have purchased lots of the Mookie character playballs before now. My daughter has always loved to play with balls and it was no different when she was just over a year and a half old. She wanted one of the Winnie the Pooh Mookie balls from Tescos which were £1.99 at the time. The recommended age for the ball was 3 years plus but I didn't see any reason why a younger child couldn't have one. I still cannot even to this day.
The ball as a fairly sized ball and (after measuring one of my daughter's current Mookie balls!) measured 9 inches which makes it a standard sized playball. This ball can be used for playing football, volleyball, catch...pretty much any ball game you can think of! The ball is made of vinyl and although it is pretty strong I would advise not to whack it really hard whilst playing football. My husband did this to one of the Mookie balls and it ended up bursting. Cue much upset from small daughter.
I really liked this ball and my daughter did too. It was bright and colourful with Winnie The Pooh, Eeyore (yay!) and Tigger on one side with the Winnie The Pooh logo and on the other side Winnie the Pooh and Tigger giving each other a hug.
My daughter really liked this ball because it was really bouncy and it made a bouncy type of noise on the pavement. Sort of like a ping noise. She found it quite hilarious when she was little! Due to the very bouncy nature of the ball, I wouldn't suggest playing a ball game inside with it. We did attempt it one rainy day and it promptly bounced off the floor and straight into a picture frame. These balls can be quite the disaster!
Mookie balls are available in many characters - Mr Men, Postman Pat, Dora, Diego, In The Night Garden - pretty much most characters. They usually retail for around £2.50-£2.99 now.
Highly recommended though do keep away from Daddy's who think they are playing professional football!