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      03.08.2013 21:50
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      a fun summer game

      My parents have managed to keep some of the outdoor toys that my brother, sister and I played with when we were younger and have recently retrieved them from the depths of their garage for their grandkids to play with. One of the things in best condition, and most popular with the adults and children alike is this catch ball set.

      The game is simple but fun. You are supplied with two catching boards which are made of a hard plastic and are circular in shape. On one side, there is an adjustable strap that can be fastened around the back of the hand (which should be placed flat on the back of the board) to secure the board in place. On the other side, the board is covered in Velcro - the harsher, more plastic like type of Velcro. This is in two colours - ours are green and pink but the colours can vary. Alongside the two boards, there is a ball supplied that is roughly the size of a tennis ball. This is covered in Velcro - the softer type - and is again in two colours that match the board (in our set). The ball is a little heavier than a tennis ball and feels more rubber like.

      The idea of the game is that two players, each with a board on one hand, throw the ball to each other and catch it on the board. The Velcro means that the ball sticks to the board. It can then be ripped off and thrown again. Depending on the age and skills of the players, distance between them can be altered to make the game easier/harder.

      A set would usually price at around £6-£7 which I think is great value considering the use the set gets and the fun that can be had. Our set has really lasted well - the ball is a bit tatty from having been ripped from the boards so many times and it doesn't stick as well as it used to, but it still works. Having said that, even when new the ball doesn't always stick to the boards every time and would sometimed bounce straight off. The boards are also of good quality and have lasted well - no chips to the plastic or cracks. The boards are also lightweight so they can be used for decent lengths of time and can be used comfortably by younger children too.

      Overall, this is a fun, simple game that can be enjoyed by all ages - it can be as challenging or as easy as you make it. It is great for the garden or beach and will keep the children entertained. Recommended.

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        12.08.2011 14:16
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        A good summer toy with plenty of longevity

        This 'Catch Ball Velcro Set' or 'Scatch' as we used to call it, was a favourite outdoor game in our house when I was growing up, and we still get it out on occasions even though we're all grown up now.

        This set pictured is available from Amazon for £3.99, and I have seen similar ones for sale in 'outdoors' sections in supermarkets for around the same price- and if you bought one from a supermarket, you obviously wouldn't have to pay for postage.

        The pink and green colour scheme pictured is exactly the same as the set at my parents' house, although theirs is a little more faded (with around 15 years of use).

        Scatch is a game for two people, but if you are innovative, you can include more. Each player straps their hand to one of the velcro pads. They are around the size of a small dinner plate, and covered in velcro on one side. The other side is plastic and has a strap which attaches your hand onto the pad by means of a pull and fix velcro fastening. As children with small hands, this accomodated even the smallest hand, and now as an adult, they still fit!

        Once the pads are attached to the players' hands, you take turns to throw the ball (with your hand without the pad on) and catch it on your velcro pad. Because the pad is larger than the surface area of your hand, and the ball sticks to it because of the velcro, you have more chance of catching the ball than you might usually. This is very rewarding for children. I do remember however, that when the set was new, it was so sticky that sometimes we had to enlist the help of an adult to actually remove the ball from the pad so it could be re-thrown. Now it's had a lot more use (and we are adults ourselves!) we don't have that problem. In fact, the opposite is happening, where we sometimes struggle to get the ball to stick. It definitiely adds to the challenge, which to be honest as we're all in out twenties, we've probably ready for!

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          31.07.2011 15:00
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          A very entertaining toy for children which will last

          The Tobar Catch Ball Set is a really simple idea for a toy, but one that doesn't fail to entertain younger children. My little brother and sister have one and somehow they spend hours playing with it, endlessly inventing new games to play with it. The set consists of 2 circular velcro pads which strap onto your hands with a velcro strap, and a ball which is similar to a tennis ball but lighter.

          It can be used as a fun toy simply for enjoyment, but it can also be used to help young children with their catching skills. The velcro discs which the ball attaches to when it comes into contact with them make it easier for a child to catch a ball and practising with this set can help them improve their reflexes and dexterity. For people who are proficient at catching, it is still beneficial as they can use it to catch balls which may be just out of reach of their hand.

          The velcro strap is adjustable so the pads will fit any one, and since the ball is lightweight it is a very safe toy for young children - if the ball hits them it will not cause any major harm. The set is pink and green which is both attractive, and allows the ball and the pads to be found easily if thrown into a bush or long grass.

          The idea is simply for two people (or more if you have more than one set) to wear the pads and throw the ball back and forward to each other catching it on the pad. However, numerous games can be invented with this set. For example, my brother likes to get me to throw the ball as far up into the air as I can and then he wears both the pads and tries to catch it as it falls. It is great for children to play with each other, or adults to play with children to keep them entertained. Older people won't get a great deal of enjoyment out of this toy, but children will definitely have a good time with it.

          The velcro pads work well, and the ball generally sticks to it. If the ball is thrown too hard then it often just deflects off but since the game is designed for children, then this should not be a problem as it is unlikely then a young child would be able to throw the ball this hard. The velcro pads are quite flimsy so if any aggressive games are played with this toy then they might not last a long time, but if you are simply using it for catching then they are definitely adequate strength. The ball is lighter than a normal tennis ball so should not be used for anything other than catching if you want it to last.

          It can be purchased on the Tobar website for £5.99 or on Amazon for £4.49 which is very cheap and definitely a great price for a toy which will provide a lot of entertainment and will last a long time.

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          28.07.2011 23:50
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          A great game for outdoors

          ==Tobar Catch Ball Set==

          The Tobar Catch Ball Set is one of those items that we have had kicking around since I was young and Mum managed to keep it up until now so that we can use it with Jack and he is really enjoying playing with it, much like I did.

          This set is really old now but you can still pick up the set from a ton of different places both on the high street and online. I think we probably purchased it from Woolworth's when that was still in business as we tended to get most of our play items from here when I was younger.

          The set is usually priced now at around the £6 price range which is a really good price for a great item such as this. What you get when you buy this ball set is basically a tennis ball type ball and two hand catchers which are round plastic discs. The ball catchers have Velcro straps on the back of the board so that you can fix it to your hand and there are adjustable so that you can get it nice and tight and it then won't be able to slip off.

          The front of the hand catchers is also covered with one type of the Velcro material and this is hard to the touch and made up of two section of colours meeting in the middle. My colour is pink and green which I think is the standard although I have seen them in other colours.

          The ball is also a mix of pink and purple in colour and is covered in a fluffier type of material which allows it to stick to the hand pads. The set we have still has the original ball which surprises me as we have had it so long but this is obviously a good thing because I don't think a normal tennis ball would be suitable due to the fact that this Tobar ball is a little softer to feel and also the material is a lot fluffier and a tennis ball surely wouldn't stick to it.

          The set has an age range of those aged 5 and over but even though Jack is only just four he doesn't have really much trouble with using it. The only downside would be his smaller hands which don't give the hand catcher much support when the ball lands on it but apart from that he seems much better at playing this than he would be at playing regular catch with the ball on its own.

          The ball doesn't always stick to the hand catchers although because my ball is a little worn due to its age it probably sticks better now than it even used to. Of course the ability of the ball to stick to the catchers also depends on a lot of other aspects such as the distance each player is standing from each other and the speed at which the ball is thrown and with me playing with Jack I still tend to throw it rather more carefully than I would when I am playing with Himself and Jack and I have more success in making the ball stick to the catcher.

          The other thing that annoys me about this set is the aspect that the hand catcher seems to get everything and anything stuck to it and things like hair and grass seem to get embedded right the way into the hard prickly Velcro and it is not the easiest stuff to get out which makes the catchers look a little tatty.

          The playability of the set is really high but it is only a a game that it is suitable from outdoor use because of the space needed and the hardness of the ball. It is however really great fun and Jack finds it hilarious when the balls sticks to the catcher and he has to peel it off to throw it. It is not only getting him out of the house and into the fresh air but it is also improving his dexterity and ability to throw and catch a ball.

          I have to say that I cant' really fault this product. It can be found for a good price for the set you get and it is clearly an item made to a high standard which allows it to last as long as it has and still be just as much fun as when it was brand new. It has got to be a top scoring product and is well deserving of a top 5 out of 5 star rating.


          I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

          Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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            26.04.2011 01:52
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            I will be honest i actually only bought the tobar catch ball set for myself on amazon uk with my last dooyoo amazon voucher because the set was on special and i remember how much fun i had when i was a child with the same set. Of coarse i thought also it would be a great set for my girls to play with but secretly i new i would play with it more.

            The tobar catch ball set cost £4.99 with free postage on amazon.co.uk the same set can be bought from tobar website.
            When the catch ball set arrived it had not changed at all.

            The catch ball set consist of two catch ball mits and one catch fuzzy ball. The mit is a round frisbee typed shape with hard blue plastic on the back. The back has a velcro strap, this is where you strap your hand to the disc. The velcro strap goes over the top of you hand and will fit little children's hands too, when on my hand it feels very secure and no chance of my hand slipping out.
            The fount of the disc is covered in velcro material all over the disc but in two different colours pink and green. When the ball hits the velcro on the disc it sticks so you caught the ball.

            The catch ball is velcro fuzzy material that is made to stick to the disc basically. The ball is slightly smaller in size to a normal tennis ball and weights less too making it lightweight too catch.

            The idea is to throw the wall back and forth to the person playing with you and clearly catching it in the mit. Whilst testing the catch set out with my partner every time i caught the ball i took a step back making more and more space between us so was getting harder to catch the ball giving more of a challenge. I also played on my own ,big kid i am bouncing the ball off the wall catching on the mit. I found this game highly addictive as a child and even now as an adult

            When i finally got round to letting my girls play they did find it very difficult to throw with one hand catching with the other on the mit but practise makes perfect or nearly as they now can at last catch the ball in the mit.

            This game is fun on your own or with a partner to play with. It is for children and has an age limit of three years plus although as i said my three year old daughters did struggle but if a parent was to throw the ball gently and encourage the child to catch its a littler easier.

            For a cheap fun garden game i highly recommend the tobar catch ball set.

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            08.04.2011 22:11
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            A fun toy but not one that will last

            A neon coloured tennis ball and some velcro-lined plastic discs might not sound the obvious combination for hours of outdoor family fun but that is, in a nutshell, what a simple Catch Ball set consists of.

            The idea is very simple, making the game easy to play. This is a game for two people with each player having a plastic disc which attaches to their hand using an adjustable strap. This simple design means that the game can be enjoyed by all ages, from around three years old right up to adults, as the strap accommodates quite a wide variation in hand size. Each disc is covered in a layer of incredibly strong velcro and the players take it in turns to throw the ball supplied and 'catch' it with the sticky disc.

            Lots of games of this nature seem to be pretty ineffective but this set really does work. The combination of the tennis ball and the strong velcro means that they stick incredibly well. If anything, the ball sticks rather too well to the sticky surface and needs quite a lot of force to remove it for each turn. That can prove something of a problem for younger players. My middle (three year old) son has tried to play along with this but finds removing the ball far too difficult and soon gets frustrated so does need an adult to help him. This means that he is less involved with the game and gets bored very quickly, despite his obvious pride at being able to 'catch' a ball quite easily using this set.

            Older children seem to get more pleasure from this simple set though. My eight year old son enjoyed playing this for hours on end and would often run out of willing oponents as everybody else (including myself) lost interest long before he did. There isn't really a competitive element to the game, as such, as there is no real need to keep scores and nobody particularly 'wins' but it is still quite a relaxing and fun game for adults and (older) children alike. It is also a fun way to improve co-ordination and develop basic throwing and catching skills without having to think about them.

            The only drawback to the set is that the pads didn't prove to be particularly robust and the inner velcro lining continually came away from the plastic outer after repeated play. The constant pulling and tugging needed to remove the ball after each turn made the problem much worse. After just a couple of weeks, the velcro came away completely and even when we attempted to reattach it, it wasn't secure enough to withstand play so ended up getting thrown away.

            This was a fairly inexpensive little set, however. I paid under the £5 mark for ours last Summer from Hawkin's Bazaar, although it doesn't appear to be available from their website currently. It is the kind of item that should be widely available in those cheap, discount style shops (B&M's and suchlike) or online although I certainly wouldn't recommend paying over the odds for a set.

            As a cheap and easy transported little beach or garden toy, this is something that can be enjoyed by all ages but it is not likely to last more than a few weeks of enthusiastic play, based on our experience.

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              06.04.2011 15:00
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              A nice outdoorsy toy!

              Due to my kids behaving themselves on a recent shopping trip (shock horror!), and the fact that it is still a week until payday, I decided to treat them to something from my beloved "Poundland".

              Usually my kids browse through the toy section, pick something they want, then I make them put it back as the toys are really rubbish in there, but due to the beautiful weather there is a section specifically set out for outdoor toys and games.

              After a little perusal in that section I came across a catch an throw set that my children could play together (hopefully!) and not be able to throw the ball over the fence again, (again hopefully!).

              The set in question is a "Tobar catch and ball" set, with the idea being that each child has one of the two circular "pads" attached to one of their hands (I find that catching with the less dominant hand is easier) then throwing with the other hand, catching the ball on the velcroed surface of the pad.

              Each pad is around the width of a football, with there being pink/green Velcro on the front side, and an adjustable Velcro strap on the back, so really this is suitable for children and adults to play with, my husband has huge hands and even he has been able to play this game.

              One the pad has been suitably strapped on (not too tight though as it could cut of the blood supply to the fingers, as my son found out the first time and lost feeling in his hand!), you can start to play throw and catch, using the Velcro surfaced tennis ball that comes in the set, also in the same attractive shades of pink/green!

              8 times out of 10 the child should actually be able to catch the ball on the pad, unless you are playing with my son then you will struggle even being in his line of fire, we spend more time next door begging balls back!

              The ball sticks quite efficiently to the pad, with you even getting that very satisfying "rip" sound when removing the ball to play with (also a good way of keeping all the parts together in the shed when not in use, nothing more annoying than having one thing missing thus spoiling the game!), though I do think it would be difficult for the ball to be removed by a small child, though my two are 6 and 9 and have yet to struggle.

              Once the concept of throwing with one hand and catching on the pad with the other is worked out, this is quite a nice little set for the kids to have, with you even being able to spice things up a bit by buying more than one set, and get a group of children to play, shouting a child's name seconds before throwing the ball to them, though Connor is just about ok with the original concept, so baby steps!

              This is of course a cheap and cheerful set, and though has lasted us a little while so far, has also started showing signs of wear and tear, with the outer plastic rim now having fell off, though this has in no way hampered my kids enjoyment of paying with it.

              Price wise (ha, ha!) this was £1.00, with there being a fantastic selection of other outdoor toys and also swimming accessories available to buy, though of course differing from store to store, for more information visit - www.poundland.co.uk

              Thanks for reading x

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                05.04.2011 09:29
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                A great beach game

                For as long back as I can remember when we went on holiday we would take some little games to keep us occupied on the beach or holiday park site. We would have toys such as a swing ball set, cricket set, footballs and a catch ball set. The most popular of the toys was always the ball set, partly as it was so easy to carry around but also as the whole family could get involved and play. Last year on a very spur of the moment trip to the beach we decided to purchase one of the sets for the children to play with while us adults sat and soaked up the sun!

                The Tobar catch ball set is basically two round discs and a ball which is roughly the same size as a tennis ball. Each disc is around 18.5cm in diameter and one side of the disc is covered with bright pink and green velcro. The back of the disc, or pad as it is also known as, is a hard plastic and features an adjustable strap so it can be fit to any size of hand. The "tennis" ball is also brightly coloured in pink and green and the coating of the ball is made out of the fabric that attaches to the velcro.

                The idea of the game is simple, it is for two people (unless you have more than one set) and each person is required to strap one of the discs to their hand. I find that I usually strap the disc to my left hand as I throw the ball with my right. Once the discs are on the hands, you simply throw the ball and the other person can catch it on their disc. The ball sticks to the velcro with ease so even someone that isn't that great at catching is able to join in and play this game. When the ball has been caught on the disc, you need to pull it from the velcro so you can throw it to the other player. This is where the problems began!
                * Firstly, as we bought it for the children to play it was a little difficult as my daughter was only two and a half at the time and her little friend was five so there is quite a difference in technique and ability there! This became a little frustrating for my daughters friend, and also was tricky for me when playing too, but mostly it was very frustrating for my daughter as she knew what she wanted to do, but struggled to throw the ball just right.

                * Secondly, the ball did not want to be removed from the velcro and none of the children were able to release it so it meant that each time they finally managed to catch the ball one of us adults needed to help them take the ball off.

                * Thirdly, though the straps are adjustable, they still became very loose on my daughters little hand and she would drop it several times as she just couldn't get a good grip on the disc.

                * Finally, as the ball stuck extremely well to the velcro, with lots of tugging to release it this meant that before long the velcro started to come away from the pads and some fixing with the superglue has been required!

                Those problems aside, I still think this is a really fun game for children and though she isn't all that good at it yet (though she is improving), my daughter loves it and always wants to take it to the beach or to her Grandma's to play in the garden. I do think that this game helps to develop co-ordination and is a great alternative to a standard game of catch. After all the years I have known and owned this game it is great to know that it hasn't lost its appeal, its just a shame it doesn't last very long!

                The price we paid for the Tobar Catch Ball Set was about £3 from a market stall at the seaside, but you can find it on Amazon for a slightly more expensive £4.19 which isn't bad for some fun at the beach.

                Thank you for reading my review.

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                  04.04.2011 08:41
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                  A good game for beach/park days

                  When planning a trip to the beach last year with some friends I thought I would think ahead and purchase something that the children could play whilst at the beach whilst us grown ups lay on the sand soaking up the sun! The item that I purchased was the tobar catch ball set and it cost me around five pounds for the set.

                  The tobar catch ball set is basically a set which can allow those with poor coordination the opportunity to try and join it at a catch game which makes it ideal for children. In the set you get two catch pads and a catch ball.

                  The catch pads are basically a circular piece of plastic which is covered with Velcro covering the front of it, half of the Velcro is pink and half of it is green. The catch pads have a strap on the back which you attach to the hand you are going to use to catch the ball with leaving your other hand free to throw the ball. What is good about these sets is that the straps are adjustable so they will fit both children's and adult's hands as we all know once we see the children playing with something fun we all end up wanting to have a go too just to prove who is the champion of the grown ups! Also within the set you get a pink and green tennis ball which is a bit fluffy in a way. It is designed to stick to the neon Velcro catch pads.

                  Basically the idea of the game is to throw the ball to one another whilst catching it with the catch pad. The theory is that it will be easier to catch the ball for those without a fully developed coordination as they can just throw their hand in the direction of the ball and it will stick to the pad. My son and his friend enjoyed playing this game together at the beach and it was something that they could do quite independently. An issue that they did have was that the ball was pretty hard to remove from the Velcro each time and sometimes we would have to go and help them take it off as they didn't always have the strength to remove it!

                  As adults you can obviously make this game a bit harder by perhaps standing at quite a distance from each other to throw the ball and I have even seen people playing with these sets in the water so they are quite flexible in terms of use really.

                  We used this set quite a few times before the Velcro began to come loose from the catch pads. Now of course I would say this is likely to happen eventually considering how difficult it can be to remove the ball from the pad each time! To fix this problem I simply stuck the Velcro back down with some superglue and it was good to go again for a while.

                  I think that these sets are a great buy really, especially for young children. They are easily carried in a beach bag or even just a normal bag should you want to take them to the park on a sunny day. My son and I have even played this game just in the back yard on a nice day so it makes a nice outdoor toy in my opinion. You can purchase it from amazon for £4.19 with £1.19 shipping so it isn't a bad price really. I know you can buy imitation versions of these sets in some supermarkets and things but in my experience they just don't last the same.

                  Thank you for reading my review!

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                    03.04.2011 01:54
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                    Lovely for the garden or beach

                    We often have our niece and nephew to stay with us, especially in the school holidays and some weekends. We have a swing ball, mainly for us, but we also keep various bats and balls etc round ours so they don't get fed up. One of the things we bought for them last year was the Varelco Tobar Catch Ball Set. I bought it from a local news agent that sells a few toys as well. It cost about £4.00 and I thought it would be ideal for them to play in the garden.

                    The Varelco Catch Ball Set consists of 2 round discs and a tennis style ball. The discs are approximately 7inches across so not too large for little hands but large enough for those who are not so good at catching to stand a chance. They have a plastic rim and the centre is made from varelco, the hook part that makes things grip to it. The back of the discs have a material strap, black in this case, which also has a varelco fastening. This is used to strap the disc to your hand. The ball is like a tennis ball but is covered in the other half of varelco material, the fuzzy stuff.

                    Our Varelco Ball game is pink and green. I'm not sure if there are any other colour choices but this was the only option when I bought this. The discs are half and half and the ball has a swirly pattern on it.

                    The ides of the game is simple. You attach the disc to you hand with the vaerlco strap. When both people have a disc attached to their hands its a matter of throwing the ball and "catching" it on your disc. Once caught you pull the ball away from the disc and throw back. Simple enough in theory but we did have a couple of problems.

                    Although the discs fit any hands we did find that on the little ones they sometimes came loose. Also we found with the children if they don't catch the ball hard enough it didn't quite grip the disc. This aside though they were quite good fun. Our niece and nephew thought they were great. Of course you can vary your game a bit, left hand catch only, standing in a hoop or we have even attached the discs to our feet. This of course requires the person catching to be seated but its all good fun and varies the game which obviously can be very repetitive.

                    We've had a lot of use with this simple little toy. Not just with the younger members of our family but adults too. We often get this out after a BBQ, its a bit of fun and helps work of all the calories we've just consumed!

                    I would recommend the Tobar Catch Ball Set. Its a simple idea but is good for a bit of fun exercise in the garden or on the beach and it doesnt cost the earth.

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                      I've always been rubbish at sports, so this kind of catch-ball set was ideal for me as a kid because I didn't get frustrated from dropping the ball all the time or not being able to catch it. This Tobar Catch Ball set consists of a brightly coloured tennis ball and two large round discs with a fuzzy but rough coating. The idea is to place a disc over your hand, secure it using the strap, and try to catch the ball on your disc when your partner throws it. Assuming you're successful, you then pull the ball off the front with a satisfying Velcro-like rip, and throw it back.

                      The discs are quite big - significantly bigger than a regular hand - which makes it easier to catch the ball. So it's a great game if you have young kids or people of different ages/skills playing as it evens the playing field a bit more. This catch ball set is also great for the beach and camping because there's less chance you'll lose the ball. If you're a mean person or your dog needs exercise, you can throw the ball around while he/she jumps impatiently in the air and goes mad at not being able to catch it.

                      Although this game is simple and is suitable for pretty much anyone, it's so basic that it gets boring after a while and there aren't that many ways to vary it. I believe there are some 'rules' that people play with, with variations such as only letting the ball bounce once before having to catch it, not letting it bounce at all etc. The other disadvantage is that the ball is quite a hard tennis ball, so if you're playing with idiots or you misjudge the ball's position it can be quite painful. I've not tried replacing the ball from the set with a tennis ball so I'm not sure if that would work or if you need a fuzzier ball.

                      I've seen this set everywhere in the green and pink colour scheme of dooyoo's picture, but I believe there are also different colour variations available including yellow and pink and blue and orange.

                      This set is inexpensive; on Amazon it's under £5 and you don't need that much space to store it or play with it, so it's a good toy/game to take on holiday. You can also get mini versions on eBay for kids' party bags or playing with indoors. I'm knocking off one star because you have to be creative to make the game more interesting after you've played a couple of times, but it's good for co-ordination, it gets you moving and it's very simple and cheap, so it's worth having a set even if you don't use it very often.

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                        Enjoy hours of fun between the kids or any age range, suitable for all the family.

                        Many years ago when I were a young lad I used to play outdoors a lot and the catch ball set from Tobar was one of my favourite garden toys. I remember this toy because my set was exactly the same as the one in the picture! There is a hard plastic round pad - the similar size to a small dinner plate. On the back of this are a couple of slots through which the black Velcro straps attach so you can wrap them over the backs of your hands and attach them securely to the pads. On the front of the hand held pad is a bright pink and fluorescent green Velcro surface. This is the surface on which you catch the ball. The ball has a slightly furry surface to it and is the same two tone colour as the pad.

                        The design of the game is very simple, and there is very little that can go wrong in terms of breaking the product, so it is a very good game to play with. The idea of the game is simply a game of catch. Instead of catching the ball in the palm of your hand the idea is to catch the ball on the surface of the pads. Due to the Velcro and the tiny hooks on the ball it will stick to the pad and you then pull it from the surface and throw it again.

                        The Velcro on the back of the pads allow for easy attachment to your hands and also means that any size of hands can be accommodated. The game is useful to improve hand-eye co-ordination and included in the set are two hand pads and a ball. If you lose the ball then you can always use a tennis ball, but unfortunately when we resorted to this idea the tennis ball was too furry and bits of fluff stuck to the pad indefinitely.

                        The game was always enjoyable in my memory as a child, and we still have the set in the garage although it hasn't been used for many years. As I say, there is very little that can go wrong, and the only limitation to the life of such a product is the life of the Velcro and the ball. The hand straps will probably be the first thing to show signs of wear, but for around £4 the catch ball set is an ideal gift for someone young starting to enjoy ball games.

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                        04.10.2010 12:28
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                        Game of catch

                        As a family we all enjoy being outside and like to play games where all the family can join in. A few years ago I bought a Tobar catch ball set and it has been a firm favourite ever since.

                        The set consists of two round bats; each about 20 cm in diameter. The plastic bats are covered with pink and green Velcro. The bats are strapped to the users hand by means of a Velcro fastened strap. Also included is a tennis type green and pink ball. The idea is that one player throws the ball, whilst the players with the bats try to catch the ball. The ball sticks onto the Velcro pad. The idea really is very simple, but it is great fun and can be played by children and adults of different ages and skills.

                        The manufactures recommended this game for children form aged 5 and above. However by son was very skilled at this game when he was just 4. The plastic covered bats are quite robust and even after lots of outings the Velcro on our bats is still in tact. We have enjoyed playing with this set both in the garden and on the beach. My children are quite competitive and like to make up games where you gain points for catches. We sometimes throw the ball to each other making it hard to catch by spinning the ball or throwing it slightly away from the catching player. We also play a piggy in the middle game, where one player with a bat tries to intercept the ball from the other two players who throw to each other. The set is great for those who may find catching difficult, as the bat has a larger circumference and makes catching easier.

                        The set is easy to pack and takes up little space. It is also lightweight so is idea to put into a suitcase for holidays. I like the colours of the set too, and think that it makes the ball easy to identify in the toy cupboard! I can't remember how much I paid for this set, but it is widely available for around £5. This is a very simple games ,that is great fun, can be played on different levels, helps coordination and is not too expensive.

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                          12.07.2010 00:54
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                          Well worth taking with you for family picnics and days out

                          Everyone loves a party, but no one loves a party like a bunch of children at a friends much awaited birthday party. These days children do seem to want something a bit different from their friends and it leaves parents racking their brains as to how to fulfill that. We have had to come up with all sorts of parties over the years, with one of the better ideas being a mini game party.

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                          We came up with the idea of providing a series of old style mini games, using some modern takes on childhood classic games, like hoola hoops - which we played as musical hoola hoops, skittles which we played in a similar way to ten pin bowling games (except we had 12 skittles instead of 10) and a mini hand tennis tournament with several of the Tobar Catch Ball sets.

                          We bought ours on a market stall for £1.99 per set which was a really good price. We bought 4 of the Catch Ball sets in case of breaks or lost balls, so that we could use them for a mini tennis pairs tournament. The sets came with the catchers and the balls we needed for our game. The idea of the game that we made up was based on a team of two players competing against a further team of two players.


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                          Each team played in turn against the other team, by using the catch ball sets to throw and catch as many balls to each other as they could. Each team, not only had to score lots of successful catches within their pair, but they were pitched in a race against the other team to make a greater number of catches within a limited time frame.

                          We allowed each team 2 minutes per game. We timed this quite strictly with a stop watch. At the end of the two minutes the team with the greatest number of catches went through to the next round. This meant we had both quarter final and semi final matches till we got to the final.

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                          The two teams that were left over from the semi final played for third and fourth place. We then followed this up with the final game. The children in the first 4 wining teams were awarded small prizes for their efforts.

                          The children loved playing with the catch ball sets. They were so easy for them to use. They used them kind of like a sticky velcro tennis racquet without the strings and handle and were able to catch some amazing throws, much to the oohs and aahs of those watching.

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                          We had lots of cheering going on as each child had their eye on a favorite friend that they hoped would go through to the next round. At one point we had to re start the game after one of the brightly coloured tennis balls went so far after a very enthusiastic throw, that it ended up in a next door garden! But we soon recovered the ball and the game went on.

                          The catch ball set is so easy for a child to play with, as it has adjustable handle straps behind the plastic catcher body. So even very small hands can fit the catcher and be able to play the game.

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                          The velcro on the front face of the catchers is in two bright colours that match the colour of the ball provided and this makes the set stand out nicely. The velcro makes a super sticky base for the ball to land on and stick to.

                          You could perhaps play a variation of the game we did and allow only catches on one side or the other to make the game a little harder.

                          We used the set as part of our mini game party theme, but you could use the set for general play and I have seen them used at the beach where people have played with them instead of a beach ball game.

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                          Over all I think they are a very simple but fun outdoor toy that can suit both children and adults, as the set could be great for family games when out and about on days out and picnics.

                          My rating for this simple but fun product is a resounding 5 stars.

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                            11.07.2010 15:35
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                            a great game

                            Ever since I was a little kid I loved playing with these and I used to call it sticky ball like most of my friends. I still have one of these lying around somewhere however I've lost the ball.

                            You get 2 circular neon pads which can come in a variety of colours. From the picture you can have it in neon green and neon pink. I have a neon purple and a neon yellow version.

                            You also get a matching sticky ball in the same colours. It is the exact shampe of a tennis ball however it is more fury and of course sticky.

                            At the back of the circular pad there is a wrist strap which you put you hand through. These can be adjusted to fit various hand sizes from adults to children it is very versitlie. I find the pads are very easy to put on and comfy to hold.

                            The aim of the game is to through the ball and your partner has to catch it with the sticky pad. If you have more than 1 set you can play in groups which is always a lot of fun. If your children find it hard to catch balls easily this is great for them as it is really easy to do and improves hadn eye co ordination.

                            One problem I find is that over time the ball becomes less sticky so you can't play the game as well. I have mysteriously encountered a few hairs on my sticky pad?? My hair is long so it does get caught on things. This is a frustrating process trying to remove all the hairs.

                            There are many other versions of the game. It is a very simple concept but can keep you entertained for ages

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                            The neon coloured tennis ball is thrown between players and caught using the velcro pads It allows those with poor co-ordination to join in The pads feature adjustable fabric straps so that they can be fitted tightly to any size hand Includes one ball and two catch pads Velcro Pad Approximate Size: 18.5cm