Product Type: Tobar Outdoor Toy
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Tobar Catch Ball Set
Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Tobar Catch Ball Set
Advantages: A handy set for children who struggle with hand to eye co-ordination.
Disadvantages: Cheep and cheerful, so don't expect it to last forever.
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
Summary: A nice outdoorsy toy!