Product Type: Thomas & Friends. Outdoor Toy
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PERFECT FOR SUMMER
Thomas & Friends 9'' Playball
Member Name: Tilda
Thomas & Friends 9'' Playball
Date: 20/04/12, updated on 23/04/12 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Soft and light
Disadvantages: Needs to be looked after
I love this ball it is perfect for fun safe play for all ages (three years and up). This nine inch ball is made of a soft yet strong rubber material. The fact that it is far softer and lighter than a standard child's football makes this a safe alternative for a game of garden soccer. It is heavy enough to travel in the direction the child wants it to go but not heavy enough to shatter a window if it happens to come hurtling towards it.
This ball is very tactile indeed. It feels lovely to hold, it is fully inflated when you buy it but it has some give meaning that I can't stop squeezing it. The next sentence is very strange I know but it has to be said. The smell of this ball is lovely, it reminds me of my childhood it is a clean but strong rubber smell not offensive at all and it fades off eventually as the ball is used in different situations but the initial small is what memories are made of (for me at least).
The design on this ball is of a very busy Thomas the tank engine design and features a large central cloud like white Thomas & Friends print. That aside the rest of the ball is full of fun Thomas images that the little ones will love.
If this ball is used on grass it will get the odd grass stain but they wash off easily. However if this is used on concrete it will scuff very easily dew to its soft material and heavily printed covering. One hit against a pebble dashed wall and the look of the ball is ruined. This is aimed at younger children so it is unlikely to be man handled so it will last the entire summer you can rest assured. In fact our one has lasted many summers as it only gets used in the park so it never cones into contact with hard surfaces. One last thing on a really hot day this ball will become very soft indeed so it is best to always remember to bring it in doors after playing with it as it can become warped if exposed to prolonged periods of direct sunlight plus the print will fade. This is an unfortunate problem with this ball, as of course out doors is where it is going to be used. This isn enough to put me off being this ball again because it has so may things going in it's favour while only one or two agents. Speaking of outdoors, even though this ball is soft it is NOT suitable for indoor play as it will very easily knock figurines and the like off shelves (I speak from experience).
Another thing I have noticed is that some kids will out and out refuse to play with this ball as it is too young for them but for they age group it is aimed at they seem to love this ball.
This is an affordable, cute as can be, light ball. It is perfect for the little ones over the bright summer months. It costs only £2.80 in Mothercare at the moment and I think it is a great buy for any child but most of all for a Thomas fan.
Summary: Cute, fun and affordable ball