Product Type: Tobar Outdoor Toy
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Wanna play catch?
Tobar Catch Ball Set
Member Name: baby-cakes
Tobar Catch Ball Set
Advantages: cheap, great fun for all family
Disadvantages: not made as well as they used to be
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.
Summary: A great beach game
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