Product Type: Tobar Outdoor Toy
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Tobar Catch Ball Set
Member Name: Mrs_Frank
Tobar Catch Ball Set
Advantages: Lasts a long time, cheap, good exercise, helps children learn to catch, good anywhere outside!
Disadvantages: Gets tiring having to keep taking the ball off- especially for younger players.
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!
Summary: A good summer toy with plenty of longevity
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