Product Type: Thomas & Friends. Outdoor Toy
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Play time with Thomas and Friends
Thomas & Friends 9'' Playball
Member Name: SoadFan
Thomas & Friends 9'' Playball
Advantages: Fun to use outdoor toy
Disadvantages: May not suit non Thomas fans!
~Play time with Thomas and Friends~
At one time almost everything we bought toy wise had Thomas the Tank Engine on it, making me feel like a Thomas the Tank Engine expert in many ways. There are some Thomas products that I feel are over priced and not overly entertaining, though the Thomas and Friends 9'' sized play/ football that I bought quite cheaply wasn't one of them. From the very outset the bright and cheery colours used to make up the product were something that appealed to any and all of the children who played with the ball. The size of the ball being neither too large and bulky nor too small and hard to hold for younger children, made this ball an easy to play with toy that could be used both indoors and outdoors if wanted.
When the ball was new it was fully inflated when bought and had a slightly firm feel to it that gave it a good degree of bounce when in play. The outer surface of the ball had a slightly matt yet also slightly glossy finish to it when this was new (odd but true) which is in keeping with many other similar play balls I have bought in the past. The super new finish did fade over time as the ball got plenty of use being kicked caught and bounced to within an inch of its life on at least 5 days in any given week as it was a favorite go to toy at the time, although the character designs on the ball remained firmly in place.
I didn't ever have to re inflate the ball as it kept its shape quite well even after repeated play and in all the time the ball was in use it stayed filled with enough air so as to give it enough bounce for most of the types of ball games it was used for. I recall that the ball had a firm feel that made it easy to pick up even when used by younger children and when used in a game of catch it didn't have any sharp or raised edges to it that may have made it scratch against a childs hands or face and leave a mark. Of course if you missed a catch when using this ball it could still sting the skin a little if thrown by an older or stronger child, although this is something that can happen with any of the similar character balls you can buy which are made from similar materials.
These simply made play balls provide hours of fun for younger children and the bright colours and designs used on them (which can vary) tend to stay looking good even after hours of play. The cost of the balls can be between and £2.50 to £4 depending on where you buy them, with them being for sale on some well known online sites and also at weekly markets etc. My rating for the product is 4 stars as I feel it is a good choice for summer play time in the garden or on the beach, as well as for taking to the park for a family game of catch or football that all the family can enjoy.
Summary: A cheap to buy childs character ball
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