Product Type: Mookie Toys Outdoor Toy
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A Tigger bouncing ball
Mookie Winnie The Pooh Playball
Member Name: jillycat
Mookie Winnie The Pooh Playball
Advantages: A nice light ball that is fun to use and hard wearing
Disadvantages: none in our household
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_P ooh_23cm_Playball_U2603 for £2.99 it is a bargain buy for a lot of fun.
Summary: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger bounce and play in a great way with this ball