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My little boy is Thomas mad anything related to Thomas he loves so when I came across this Thomas ball I decided to buy it for his birthday. We have a collection of balls in this house but this bright blue ball caught my attention and I knew he would just love it as he loves playing with balls so mixed with his favourite character it has been a massive hit.
The ball is brightly in the colour blue the same colour as the famous little engine and has a picture of the main character Thomas the tank engine on it. As well as Thomas there are also pictures of other characters from the hit program including Percy the little green engine and James famous for his bright red paintwork. I think it is good there is more than one character as Connor often moans that you can get Thomas slippers, coats etc but can not find Percy ( his favourite engine) so this was a nice surprise for him. The rest of the ball is decorated with other images relating to the program like funnels and trains track which made my son squeal with excitement.
The ball is an average size football and so is a great size for toddlers it is not so big that it is hard for them to carry but at the same time it big enough for them to kick easily and keep a hold off. All 3 of my children love it and each play with it in different ways they can also play together as part of a team or they can play with it by themselves which is what I think they love most.
We have had this ball for around a year and a half now and it has lasted extremely well. It is made from plastic and so very durable but at the same time it is lightweight and soft plastic so if anyone does get hit with the ball then there is no real chance of them being harmed which is great for a ball designed for toddlers.
This ball has been used constantly and only has 1 scratch to its paint work it has been used outside and has no faded it can be used indoors as it is soft and used outside too as it is durable so really is an all rounder. My 3 children who are all toddlers love using this ball but also when my niece and nephew come to play they also have fun playing football with it they do not care that it is Thomas they just enjoy playing with the ball.
Its a fun bright way to get a child up and being active which for me is always a big plus for me and has it has lasted so well with so much use I would definitely recommend this ball. It retails for around £5 which I think is reasonable for a character football.
Thomas the Tank Engine is a train who lives on the Island of Sodor with his train friends. This cheeky blue engine is on various Thomas merchandise including DVDs, toys and household products and is often a firm favourite with children.
The Thomas the Tank Engine ball is available in various designs depending on where you purchase it. Generally, it is made of a synthetic, plastic material. The ball we have is the perfect size for kicking around, rolling or throwing. One side of the ball offers a large blue section featuring a smiley Thomas. Turning the ball around, a large bubble states "Thomas and Friends" whilst surrounded by colourful pictures and name tags for Thomas, Percy and James.
If you have a look in local shops, you are likely to discover a Thomas ball of some design for around £3.00. mandmdirect.com offer the one shown in dooyoos picture for £2.99.
Our son is 3 and we like to keep him as active as possible throughout the day (and therefore tired at night!). Personally, I find having a little game of football is the perfect way to tire Boo out and help Mummy get a little fitter! Being a huge Thomas the Tanke fan, we opted to purchase a Thomas ball from Wilkos last summer and I believe I paid around £1.99 for it at the time. I think they still stock this one but from what I know, the quality of the ball is the same regardless of design. At the time, Mum and Dad purchased one to keep at their own home too for the grandkids.
The ball we have is a decent size for my son and my nephew who are of similar age. It feels sturdy enough and firm enough for reasonably rough play allowing it to be used by my older neice and nephew as well. The ball is fairly light and in my opinion, wouldn't be long in flying off if caught in strong winds. Our ball is kept in the toy room whilst the other one is kept in my parents shed for protection. The design is bright and eye catching and the ball can be spotted in amongst grass in the garden.
As we don't have a garden at our home, we use this ball inside and away from my snowglobe collection. We have a fairly long hallway and large toy room with small goals so this is ideal for playing when the weather is rubbish outside. This time last year, Boo wasn't very confident with kicking and would roll the ball everywhere which is fair enough. Now there is no stopping him and with a quick kick, the ball speeds up the laminate flooring. The ball can be kicked fine without slippers or trainers on. It isn't overly noisy as it hits off the wall or floor and is certainly a lot quieter than proper footballs. Inside, the ball can be aimed into the goals without going astray and provides endless hours of fun for us.
We occasionally take our ball to my Mother in laws nearby or to the park. It does get dirty but can be wiped down with a damp cloth or baby wipe with ease. For outdoor play, this Thomas ball is also ideal and although it can be kicked off the ground to a decent height, the weight allows for less chance of breaking anything important (when compared to proper footballs). The ball is light enough for my son and his cousin to throw to each other and although their co-ordination when it comes to catching isn't brilliant, they still have fun. The ball offers a decent bounce which is another element of fun.
Both Thomas Balls we have, are lasting well. I have noticed a slight decrease in the firmness but do feel they will last us well through to next year. The design we have was once bright but with regular use, has now became a little scratched and faded in places but this is to be expected. Overall, a decent character ball which my son and the other kids love! I would recommend this ball up to age 5.
Thanks for reading :)
== Thomas The Tank Engine Ball==
When Jack was quite a bit younger he did go through a very brief stage of liking Thomas The Tank Engine but this was very short lived. Unfortunately everyone seems to think that a boy of his age should like Thomas The Tank so this means that a lot of gifts that Jack gets are Thomas the tank related. This outdoor ball was one such gift although seeing as it is a ball you really cant' go wrong no matter what is printed on it.
I can't say exactly how much was exactly paid for this ball although I know that you can pick them up for generally around the £5 region which for a soft plastic ball such as this seems a fairly reasonable price although if you wanted a non-branded ball I have seen then as cheap as a couple of pounds.
The ball is a good size and when Jack received it he was only around 2 if not a little younger and the ball did appear way to big for him. Luckily thought he weight of the ball is really light so throwing it or kicking it wasn't too much trouble for his little arms and legs. The ball is equal to a regular size 5 football which is not ideal for this age bracket but like I say the weight of it sort of counteracts the size.
The ball is plastered with Thomas the Tank engine and is a bright red and blue colour which although appealed to Jack for a brief spell seems to go more or less unnoticed now as he sees it as just another kick ball. The good thing about the design means that it is fairly eye catching and if launched into a nearby bush when playing catch or football it is fairly easy to spot and not something that can be lost especially easy.
The ball is made of a hard wearing plastic that although light in weight is very durable and unless punctured with a large nail would be more or less indescribable. There is a small valve on one area of the ball with which to pump it up but it did already come pumped up and only several years later, beginning to become slightly flat. We are more than likely not going to pump it up due to the fact that we haven't got the necessary pump needed to do it and that Jack has now moved on to a proper leather like football which has a bit more weight and looks a bit more grown up.
The ball has really done us proud and has lasted well for a long time. There are a good few positives about this ball when using it with young children like the light weight feel to it and the fact that it is easy to wipe clean with a damp sponge. However the downsides are that you can't expect to play football with this ball on a particularly windy day as any gust of wind will surely take the ball along with it which I learnt the hard way and had to run nearly half a mile along the beach to retrieve it last year!
All in all though this ball is a good one. Perfect for those who are Thomas The Tank Engine fans but also for those who are not as it is basically a ball and I am sure even those who don't like Thomas still enjoy playing with a ball! I think I will award a score of 4 out of 5 stars as it is not a bad ball but certainly not the best ball you could get either.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.