I was browsing 'Toys' this afternoon and was slightly surprised to see the very obscure Toy Brokers beach ball that we bought on a recent trip to Cardiff. We visited Barry Island in gale force winds, the fair was closed and so were all the shops. Don't believe the Gavin & Stacey hype, Barry's shite. Anyway, in an almost hysterical attempt to give little Hollie a good time I bought her a beach ball and braved the Saharan-type sandstorm on Barry-bloody-Island beach.
It's decent quality, it must be as the nasty wind didn't blow it too far down the beach each time Hollie let it go. I haven't measured it but doubt the ball is truly 24", it's blown up tightly but doesn't look or feel much bigger than a 20" ball to me.
There's a nice quality rubber feel to the ball both before and after inflating, Mark blew ours up with the pump he always keeps in the boot of the car - I praised his geekiness for once as I didn't fancy putting my puff into blowing such thick rubber up! Our ball had the same pink, blue, yellow and white panels as in the piccie above, it's a very beach-ball-looking beach ball - which is all you can ask for really.
The nozzle keeps its seal well and the ball had hardly lost any air by the time we deflated it four days later. It's usefully also easy to pull up, some beach balls are a nightmare to open because the tab pushes right into the rubber but this one sits just flush against the ball so it's easy to slip a nail under and flip the flap open.
Once filled with air the ball has a good bounce, we had a good ten minute play (which felt much longer) on the beach in Barry but I couldn't stand it much longer so took my ball back (ha!) and went and sat in the car. The ball is still in one piece with no nicks or grazes, admittedly it hasn't seen much playtime but for a one off play at the beach it was perfect. And surely no-one sets out to buy a beach ball unless it's for a spur of the moment beach day?!
When we deflated it the ball folded up small enough to fit back into the original plastic packet. We brought it home with us and the kids have been bouncing it around the garden as the weather has been so nice, I'm expecting it to last for longer than other beach balls but won't be bothered when it breaks or starts looking too tatty as this kind of thing is ten-a-penny.
I paid £2.49 for it and for that price I'm happy; to be honest I'd buy whatever beach ball that was there, but I can definitely recommend this brand if it happens to be available at the seaside vendor of your choice.
I recently brought the 'Toys Brokers 24 inch Beach Ball' for my up and coming holiday to Cyprus in August. However as we have had such a brilliant summer so far in the sunny south, I decided to break it out of the packaging and use it in the garden with my paddling pool.
The main reason behind me buying this beach ball in particular was that I knew I could easily fit it into my suitcase when unopened. The packaging is very tightly sealed meaning that it does not take up much room. The picture on the design of the packaging shows a photograph of a young girl holding the beach ball and a lady standing behind both wearing beach wear. I assume that this is to demonstrate how big the ball is when blown up. As I have found that many beach balls are often quite small, the picture made me want to buy this for its size.
When I opened the packaging, the ball was neatly folded up inside. All i needed to do was unfold it and then blow it up. I did this via mouth and it took me about five minutes or so. Some people may wish to use a pump however as it is quite big so one needs a lot of puff to blow it up. The ball itself is a very good size which means it is large enough for whole family games. Despite its size it is still very lightweight again making it easier for everyone to join in with any games, especially young children. It weighs only 114 grams.
I played with this ball with two other adults and one child, all of the adults found it really fun as the size of the ball made it seem as if it was intended for adults to use. Additionally the child who was playing with us loved that the ball was so huge and yet so light. She could also jump on top of it when it was in the water and it didn't break.
As shown in the picture the ball is segmented into six sections, three of which are white, one pink, one yellow and one blue. Often when buying products such as this the colours on the packaging are not the same as that of the actual product however the ball itself was identical to that of the packaging. The colour choice is a little boring but does show up well when being thrown around. Also the colour choices of both blue and pink make it friendly to both genders.
The material is a quite sturdy plastic as mentioned before the child who jumped on top of it is six years old and it did not break. The manufacturer's have placed a recommended age of three years plus. I assume that this is due to the air plug perhaps being able to be pulled off and swallowed. However I don't see why a child younger than this age could not have fun with this ball if supervised by an adult.
We also used this ball out of the pool as a football on the grass and it stood up to some powerful kicks. We all really enjoyed playing with this ball and had a great day using the ball in a variety of ways, as a football, for throwing and catching and as a float.
This ball can be purchased from Amazon for around £1.25 with postage and packaging at around £1.91. For the size of this ball and the quality I feel that this is a very good price because other types of beach ball are often a lot smaller and usually cannot withstand too much pressure.
The Inflatable Beach Ball measures 24 inches and can deflate to a flat packed size making it ideal for taking on holiday.