Bought for around the £5 mark the Asda Play Balls are supplied in a zip up net bag, which contains 100 multi coloured balls. On the face of it this seems like great value, but really it's not that great. For a start 100 balls barely covers the bottom of most ball pits, including the Asda Ball Pit we bought at the same time. If you want enough balls for it to be worthwhile then you need at least two and possibly three bags.
The bag the balls are supplied in is reasonable enough, it's handy to have somewhere to store the balls when not in use. But (and this is a big but), it's nowhere nearly as durable as it could be, the netting is a little thin and can be ripped by enthusiastic little fingers that are desperate to get at the balls Mummy has just put away. The zip is also a little flimsy, it's fine when used by a careful adult but add a toddler or young child in to the mix and it soon starts to malfunction.
On to the balls themselves, they are a good range of colours, slightly muted but red, yellow, pink and blue, with a fairly even mix between the colours. They are also fairly large as far as play-balls go, slightly larger than their Tesco counterparts. But the plastic they are made from is very thin, thin enough that it is almost transparent, very much thinner than the Tesco version. They are also overly squashy, it doesn't take much for them to be squashed flat as a pancake and it's almost impossible to reshape them.
To be honest I really can't recommend these play balls, there are far better quality balls available for around the same price elsewhere. So I would suggest giving these a miss unless you really have no other choice.
I purchased 2 sets of 100 balls from asda a few years ago and my children (and the cat) are still playing with them now.
You can buy sets of these balls from many different retailers. However looking at the asda website today, you can now only buy these as part of the ball pool set. The full set which includes a small blow up pool and 2 bags with 100 balls in each costs £10.
The balls come in a mixture of colours but the majority are green and yellow with some blue, red and orange. They are kept tidy and together in a blue zip up mesh bag. The bag seems pretty flimsy but mine has actually lasted very well. The balls themselves are made of thin plastic.
This toy is extremely versatile. You can fill up a ball pool and let your baby or toddler crawl around in them or you can use them to play catch with older children. I also find them great to use with tennis or badminton racquets. The most common use in our family is on the trampoline. We empty the whole bag onto the trampoline and then bounce around in them. With a bit of practise the children have perfected the art of landing on them bin such a way that they go flying up over the trampoline net and into next doors garden!
We have kept ours outdoors in summer and the colours have faded and some balls have cracked or been squashed. They are not designed to last forever but you can certainly get lots of use out of them before you have to replace them.
I would highly recommend having a set of these for indoor and outdoor play.
WHAT IS IT?
A net bag containing 100 soft hollow balls suitable for a ball pit. There are assorted colours in the bag and this set is available from Asda but you can buy them from Tesco and Sainsbury's or places like Toys R Us.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD?
These are the same as any other brand of play balls, made of thin plastic they dent if your children are too rough with them but will usually open back up again unless they have been very damaged. There are a mix of four colours in my set: blue, green, yellow and red.
They are about the size of a tennis ball and very soft so unlikely to do any damage when thrown. My daughters use theirs in the ball pool and sometimes when we don't inflate the pool they'll use them in their trampoline, that's nice because they all bounce up and down as they jump on the trampoline but you must explain about being careful and not add too many balls in case they jump on them funny and twist an ankle.
We have had these balls since last summer and when I got my daughter to count them yesterday we've still got 95. I only remember having to throw two away after they got completely squashed so I think there are probably another three hiding under the trees in the garden. The balls stay clean but fade if they are left outside in the sun.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
My son was born in the summer so for his birthday he received a few outdoor type toys and the balls were one of them along with a ball pit that I will review separately.
You can purchase the balls exclusively at Asda in store and online for £4.65, though they are often in their two for £8 deal. The balls are recommended for children from the age of 2 years.
The balls come in packs of 100 and come in the following colours orange, red, blue, yellow, and green so a nice range of colours. They are made of plastic, that is a quite soft and has a tendency to become a little squashed, but I supposed this is to ensure they are not too hard on your child when being thrown or jumped into.
The balls are contained in a blue mesh bag that has a blue zip to keep them all in the bag, the bag is quite flimsy, but it does a good job and I have had no issues with the zip breaking or the bag splitting.
They also come in a pink range, and the balls are light pink, dark pink and light blue and these come in a pink netted zip up back for the same price.
I use two bags of the balls to fill my ball pool and my son loved playing with them, they are light enough to throw around without damaging anything and they are also great fun to just sit in. As they come in five different colours they also help your child to start to identify colours and as they are around the size of a tennis ball they are small enough for little hands to pick them up easily. They can be used indoors or out and we have also used them in a paddling pool. As they are soft they do not really hold up to being used as a substitute for cricket or other bat games as they become damaged easily, but for what they are intended for they do a great job. My sons favourite game with them was to sit in the ball pool and throw all of the balls out so my husband and I could throw them all back to him. He is now 2 years old and has stopped playing with them, but for the few months he did play with them he had great fun. They have a limited life span, as once the novelty wears off, they do become a bit boring and also messy, I was forever finding balls under the curtains or under plants out in the garden.
Overall I would recommend these balls to others as they are brightly coloured, well priced and light for little hands to use, they loose 1 star as they are easily damaged if stood on and have a limited life span.
There was a loud banging at my door one morning (we were all fast asleep, tucked up in bed and I was dreaming my way through a lovely dream.) Some old lady from our local church decided to take it upon herself to drop off 3 bags of these (I kid you not) and an unopened paddling pool so we could create our own ball pool - her own grandchildren hadn't been interested and she had them lying around the house, taking up space and apparently wanted them to take up space in our poky flat. When I peeped through the spy hole in the door all I saw was this lady laden with three bags of brightly coloured balls.
"Hiya, just dropping these off," she told me matter of factly. "Are you not even dressed yet?!" No, lady. It's 8.30am. I'm enjoying my sleep while I can get it. She passed me each bag one by one - they were surprisingly light - and I offloaded them into my hall way, which now resembled a gumball machine it was full to the gunnels with these ball pit balls. "And this," she said, handing me the unopened paddling pool.
I said my thanks, even though I was feeling mildly psychotic by this stage, and closed the door. What the hell was I supposed to do with all of these, now? This one woman was known for 'just dropping things off' with us quite a lot but I think 3 bags of ball pit balls was the biggest 'donation' we'd received from her.
Once my husband got a good look at the balls we discovered that most of them were filthy - really dusty and dirty - and completely unusable. Of course, we couldn't just throw them out into the regular rubbish so they had to take up precious storage space in our hall cupboard. To be honest I could have washed them but that task of washing and drying 200 balls did not appeal to me one bit.
As space was a premium in our flat we didn't have the floor space to set up the paddling pool we'd been given, so we couldn't use that anyway. Another item to be squashed into the tiny hall cupboard. Instead I set up my son's travel cot and filled it with the remaining clean and un-squashed balls. Now, 300 balls may seem like an awful lot, and trust me it is, but in all reality it would probably be just enough to fill a ball pool (and even then, not to the top.) So that's one bag of these balls - which come in a blue mesh bag with an unreliable zip that pops open - hardly ideal for a bag of balls. Asda usually do summer offers on these, so the best time to buy would be around mid-summer when the weather is a little better. If you have space to fill up a paddling pool indoors then I'd recommend this over putting a ball pit outside - these balls have some bounce to them, are very light and end up everywhere.
My son did love playing with them - he was quite entertained for ages, especially throwing the balls out of his travel cot! I found they got mucky easily, which is a downer as I don't want to spend my time cleaning ball pit balls! They are made from a flimsy plastic material, which isn't sturdy in the least - but makes chucking them around easier, I suppose.
They came in several different colours (blue, red, green, orange and yellow), which adds a bit of variety to any game and is great for learning different colours. When we moved I think we made the decision that these would be a nightmare to transport - and even worse if they broke out of the bag - and so we chucked them. They were so cheap that we figured we could easily pick up another bag of these and anyway the balls really had seen better days by this point. We haven't bothered to buy anymore as my son is a bit older now and enjoys other toys anyway - I'm sure he'd love his own personal ball pit, but to be honest I'm not sure I'd like to find balls in all the nooks and crannies of our new house! ;).
The balls are a lot of fun, but you'll picking them out from your teeth by the time the kids are done with them at playtime. They also get horribly manky and once squashed lose their shape. Apart from this it did seem to keep my son entertained for some time at a point in his life where he couldn't sit still for 5 minutes.
This is a review of the ball pool balls we bought recently for our daughter. They were on a special offer at ASDA and were a bit of an impulse buy but I thought she would enjoy playing with them as she had been having fun out and about at communal ball pools and seemed to enjoy carrying the balls around and making presents of them to people.
The balls are available in bags of 100 and can be bought in shades of pink or in red, orange, yellow and blue. I opted for the latter option. The balls are around the size of a tennis ball and are shiny plastic. Each set of 100 comes in a blue net bag with a zip around the top so they can be safely stored away when not in use.
The balls cost around £5.50 per 100 but are currently on offer for two bags for £8. 100 balls sounds like a lot but when you tip them into an area, one hundred can seem sparse and actually, 200 doesn't go that far either but I'm not going to fall into the trap of buying thousands of balls!
My daughter loved these balls from the minute she saw them still in their bags. She shrieked with joy. We had bought her a play tunnel that has a small play tent at each end, ideally for the garden but it goes inside when the weather's not so good. I wanted to turn one end into a ball pool for her hence the ball purchase. I also have a Baby Dan play pen that could hold the balls too as a different game to play.
Within a few hours, she had destroyed one of the balls, and was chewing on it, it was not fixable either. I don't know what happened but think it may have got trodden on. So far the rest have been OK but I suppose we shall lose a few along the way.
When in the play pen her favourite game is chucking the balls out of the play pen on to the carpet which is great fun picking up and chucking them back in at her. When it is time to clear up she is happy to pick up and put the balls in the net bag with me as long as I am pulling my weight and doing it too!
These balls are great value for money and although they don't seem as robust as the ones you see in proper play areas, they are a heck of a lot cleaner!! The colours are bright and encourage coordination skills and they are light so don't hurt if thrown around. The only downside is having to pick up 200 balls (well 199 now!) and putting them away. It does create a good distraction for a while though and makes a change from other toys. In hot summer I will add these to the paddling pool for extra fun (and to give them a clean!!).