I bought this toy for my baby cousin. He absolutely adores any toys that make sound so I was quite sure this was a good choice.
The toy is made of plastic and is quite big. So for someone who lives in a tiny apartment it is probably not a good choice since it is not so easy to store. The whole concept of this toy is, that baby pushes a ball through the whole and watch it rolling down. We found however few issues after testing it. Since my baby cousin is still very little, she needs to stand up to push the toy in the hole. This would not be a problem but definitely a problem but parents presents is necessary since the toy is not stable enough to support the standing child. The next issue was that when my baby cousin pushed the ball through the hole he did not see it rolling down. He would need to sit again to watch the ball but in the time the ball was already down. However he really adores the sound effect when the ball is rolling down. So in the end we ended so that I was putting the ball in the hole and he was sitting down, watching the ball and clapping cheerfully his tiny hands. However the limit of different tones is very limited, but I guess it does not matter for the baby too much (only I had the tones after one hour repeatedly ringing in my head).
In the end it was a great gift for him, he really enjoys playing with it.
My eldest son had this when he was a baby, I have photographs of him playing with it and the grin on his face say's it all!
It's a big twirly plastic toy and looks like a helterskelter slide at a funfair, it's bright in colour with yellow, blue and red.
The top has a smiley face button which when pressed activates an array of lights and sounds, there's also a hole in the center where the balls can be dropped, the balls will run down the sloping helter skelter into a black hole and pop out of a random hole at the bottom, there's four holes at the bottom and it's anyone's guess as to what one it will be.
Dropping the balls also active the lights and sounds as there's a teeny button on the inside of the hole that the ball brushes against.
The bottom comes out as a stand for the unit and the little grip handles on the top allow the child to hold on to in order to stand up so this toy also encourages them to stand!
On laminate flooring it also encourage the child to walk as the whole unit will slide with a little pushing!!!
It comes with five brightly coloured balls.
My son loved this, he wasn't really interested in many toys but this held his concentration well, he loved finding which hole the ball would pop out of and would clap with delight if he was sitting by the right hole, it also lasted for my other son who also found it just as amusing.
Sadly putting it in the shed with the batteries still in meant that it was no good for my third child as the batteries had corroded, therefore there was no music nor lights.
The actual toy however was still in brilliant condition.
I don't think it is available to purchase new anymore but have a look on ebay or adtrader to pick one up cheaply.
My son received this as a present for his first birthday. It is suitable from 9 months but I think my son was only just ready for it at a year.
It is basically a spiral design. There are slots at the top to place balls and then they roll down the spiral tower and pop out at one of four holes at the bottom. The best bit for my son is the bit when the ball passes from an open spiral to one of the holes at the bottom. He spent ages and ages looking inside trying to work out how the ball decided where to come out.
You can add batteries (we chose not to for a while because we had enough noisy toys for his birthday and were desperate for some peace!) and the toy then makes lots of noises and flashes lights. They are not the most annoying that I've heard and seen and my son now bounces along to the music and mimics the sound effects.
It retails for about £30 and if you look at other toys for that price, i think this one delivers value for money. My son had hours of fun with it from a year to 18 months. He still plays with it now he's coming up to 2 but it is no longer his favourite. I am sure though if I packed it away and then brought it out again after a few months, he'd be jumping with joy!
I would highly recommended it.
This is a family toy that has been handed down to 3 children now mine being the third. Every child has got so much enjoyment out of this and it has been going 4 years now great value for money.
The idea of the toy is that your child will put the ball in one of the holes in the top (there are 3) and it will roll down a helterskelter into a hole at the bottom, the ball will then appear out of one of the 4 holes at the bottom.
This is a colourful toy that stands half a meter tall and should have about 6 balls with it which we now only have 3 left. Each ball is a different colour which will help the child learn. It also plays music when the balls are pushed through the hole in the top due to a sensor switch that is in each hole to recognise that the ball has been pushed in. There is a circle peice on the top that also spins if you place the ball on it it will spin the ball round and onto one of the holes to push down, sometimes doing this will let the ball go down without the child doing it or even throw the ball off which the child will find very funny.
It is made out of a good quality plastic so it will not be easily broken and it has solid feet that the balls come out of on the bottom that makes it that little bit more sturdy which is great due to the age group is 9 months + as long as the child can sit unaided and around this age children like to pull themselves up on things to try and walk so you will find that they will use this toy for this purpose.
My daughter is now 20 months old and still loves this toy it is the total amasement that when she puts the ball in she isnt sure what hole it will come from at the bottom.
It is not an expensive toy argos sell it for £19.99 and ours has been going for so many years that it is a good investment if you are planning more children and have room to store it. If not do what we do and leave it at the grandmothers to store keeps them happy when you are out.
It requires batteries but we have not put any in for 3 years which is great. It is safe for the young children and will teach them colours and keep their mind occupied. It has worked out a great investment for us and I would recomend it to anyone.
My eldest got this toy as a gift for his 1st birthday. Looking it up on the internet it currently costs £18 from Amazon.
As always I was overjoyed that it was yet again another toy I would have to build! Only slight sarcasm there!
It took me quite a while to get all the pieces to slot into place. There was one spot that just wouldn't fit together as the instructions showed so I left it as it was almost flush and the balls were able to roll over it so I didn't bother swearing at it any longer.
My son was only just walking at a year old so this seemed a good toy for him to work on leg strength as he would be standing up to put the balls in and bending down as they rolled out the bottom. When he's standing the top lights up and plays a different tune depending on which slot you put the ball into.
In all fairness children should be watched whilst playing with any toy. Saying this I was glued to the television at the time and the baby was sitting on the floor with the balls. He grabbed hold of one of the handles at the top and began to pull himself up to standing but the toy isn't strong enough to counter his weight and toppled over. He didn't get hurt as the toy is only plastic and not heavy but it is likely that most kids would try the same thing with a toy like this.
My little man liked this toy and it spent a long life (for a children's toy) in the living room. I had to keep a watch as the balls would some times get stuck in the bottom bit and not come rolling out. On many occasions I would have to tilt the toy on it's side to get the balls to come rolling out. At the bottom there are little catch areas so the balls don't roll off around the room but they don't stop them. The balls easily roll over them and under my damn couch! :)
The toy itself is for children 9 months +, requires 3 AA size batteries, brightly coloured, the base is about 40cm x 40cm and it's about 45cm tall. The toy comes with six coloured balls and is available from Argos, Tesco, and Amazon. May be available elsewhere but I'm not aware ... They show up on eBay too.
Other parents will agree with me that some times the noises toys make can become so irritating that you just want to scream! Thankfully this one isn't overly annoying and has a volume control so parent's sanity saved! (For now at least)
All in all it's quite a good, hard-wearing toy.
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The ball blast toy was actually given to my daughter by her cousin who was then to old to get any enjoyment from the toy. My daughter was about a year old at the time and since she was already walking, I was happy to accept any new toys to try and keep her out of trouble.
The ball blast is a good size it is small enough for a baby to sit and drop the balls into the top hole. Once the child grows and is able to stand they can hold onto one of the side handles and play with the toy standing up aswell. The toy is shaped almost like a helter skelter with the runners going round and round. The toy is made out of very colourful plastic of Red, Yellow and Blue. It looks very fun and exciting.
The main idea of the toy is to put a ball into the hole at the top. The ball will then slide all the way round the toy and come out at the bottom in one of the 4 exits. When my daughter was about 1 years of age she used to get frustrated if the ball would come out of one of the back holes as she didn't realise what was happening or where it had went. Once she got used to it she loved not knowing where the ball was going to end up and loved running around the different holes to find it. There are 5 different balls to use and once the ball goes in the hole, music will play too.
The age range:
The age range advised for this toy is 9 months. I think this is a good range as the child can play sitting down so as long as they are sitting UN- aided then this will be fun but probably a bit confusing at first until they get the gist of it.
As I mentioned before this was actually given but my auntie has said she purchased the item from Argos costing just under £20.00.
I think this is a wonderful toy it is very exciting for young children. I used to love seeing my daughter laugh as she would run around trying to find the ball. I also loved the way that the bottom section stuck out a lot further than the rest of the toy meaning that it would be very hard to tip it over and cause injury. This is a bonus for a child that is a bit unstable and can sway from time to time. They can hold the handles with ease and be safe it won't go over.
I brought one of these for my son about 5 years ago and although i have now given it to my young nieces it's still going strong. I brought this for my son's first christmas.
This is a toy that stands about 50 cms high and at the top it's like a steering wheel where children are able to hold on to. Then underneath it's like a helter skelter and once a ball is pushed the the hole in the center of the top then this is where it goes around and down until it gets to the bottom and comes out of one of the four holes. It is quite tricky to slot all the bits together but once this is done there's no further adjusting to do. It's made by Fisher Price and i have always liked their quality for toys that i have brought for my little ones. When a ball is pushed through the top then it can trigger sounds and lights whilst it travels along the track.
It was many features with this particular toy that i thought were positive and my son would really enjoy playing with. First of all he was at the age where he was beginning to pull himself up to stand against the sofa. This being a large and sturdy construction i knew he would be safe to pull himself up on without it breaking. Also i like that fact that it encouraged hand and eye co ordination as to picking up the balls from the bottom and putting them into the top hole at the top of the toy. There are five different coloured balls with these and i have used these to encourage recognition of the basic colours.
This toy also has no little bits and pieces that can be put in little one's mouths so it is totally safe to play with.
My children loved playing with this and now that my nieces have it they love playing with it too.
You can still purchase these toys today and they sell for around £20 from good toy stores such as argos, toys r us and amazon.
This is a big bright toy that takes up a fair bit of space in your living room.
The idea is that your child uses the handles on the side to pull up to standing - which works ok, its quite stable. And then they put one of the three balls in the whole at the top (although I'm not sure where they got the ball from cos they used both hands to stand up).
The ball rolls down the helterskelter, setting off a loud lively (horrible) tune on the way. It ends up at the bottom, inside the middle of the toy. From here it is supposed to roll out of one of three exits. But sadly it tends to get stuck in the middle, so the child gets bored and goes to play with something else. The only way to get the ball to roll out reliably, is to prop one side of the toy up on something so it is tilted - and this means it is not stable for the child to pull up on.
My baby liked to play with the 3 balls, and she liked to press the button on the top that makes the music play, and she liked watching me put the balls in and wriggle to get them out again.
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The fisher price ball blast is a great toy and you can buy it from most good toy shops for around £20.
It was well packed and very easy to assemble, most of it just clicked together. It is very colourful so children will love it straight away.
My son was around 10month when i bought this and he use to pull himself up on it and it only toppled a couple of times. When he could stand up he enjoyed feeding the balls through the holes and watch them roll down and come out of the bottom. We use to do one ball at a time so he didnt know which exit the ball was coming out of, this made it more fun as he found it funny when he managed to find which one it did come out of. It also plays music to keep them more entertained and interested this takes AA batteries.
We brought this great toy for our first son when he was six months old from argos for £20.
When you first buy it it takes a short while to assemble but is very easy.All you have to do is clip the pieces together and there are very clear easy to understand instructions included. The toy itself is made from red, yellow and blue strong plastic. You get a number of brightly coloured balls included.
My son thought this was a great toy he used it from when he was 6months old up untill he was about 2. He loved all the lights and different noises it makes when you put the ball in the top.
The aim of this toy is to put the ball in the hole at the top of the toy, once the ball is released it goes round ond round and the lights start to flash and it plays a tune and then all of a sudden it appears at the bottom. Great excitment for young children.
The only problem i found with this toy was my son kept trying to pull himself up on it and stand uo but its not a very stable toy to do this on. He would try to pull himself up to put the ball in the top. We have recently got the toy back out for our other son aged 14 months and he thinks its great too.
I have bought this for my 1st son and he loved the lights and was always excited for the ball suddenly to appears at the bottom of the toy.It helped him to learn stand up as well.After he was too old for it, we put it in the loft, now our son 9 months old, brought it down and yet again SUCCESS, another happy chap.He supports him self against it when stood up, but sometimes he does pull it on himself, so there is a bit of a danger there, but this happened only 2or 3 times.My friends son when he was baby loved it as well.Alltogether recommend toy for about 9 months up to walking babies.
We brought this toy for our daughter 4 years ago from argos for £19.99.
The ball blast needs a little assembly when you first get it out the box but this isnt difficult and doesnt take long.
There is a hole on the top of the ball blast to put the ball into, once you have put the ball in it will slide round the slides, a bit like the helterskelter at the fair ground.
As the ball slides down the ball blast plays music, this requires 3 aa batteries.
At the bottom the ball has a choice of 4 exits.
This toy is recomended from 9 months onwards, but my daughter used to get very frustrated with the ball not coming out of the hole she was sitting by when she was unable to walk yet.
The base of this toy has been designed brilliantly to allow you child to pull them selves up on the toy without it toppling over, which i think is great.
My daughters enjoyed this toy for a long time and it only got rehomed before christmes.
This toy is great fun and has been enjoyed by both my daughters from the age pf 9 months onwards.
It is very strong and sturdy, made by Fisher Price of which I am a great fan anyway.
When you bring it home it is in a number of separate plastic components which all slot together fairly well although you do need to be quite strong and forceful to make them fit. Once you have overcome this challenge you should end up with a lovely helter skelter toy for your child to push balls through a hole at the top, roll down the slide triggering lights and music as they go. There are four different coloured balls. The children love this and then finally there is the excitement of which exit they will come out of at the bottom. The children love guessing which one it will be and looking for the balls to emerge!
This toy is recommended for ages 9 months and older which is a good age as that is when they seem to start pulling themselves up and the ball blast encourages them to do so. For an average 9 month old baby tha toy comes up to about mid chest height. Although the earliest age recommended is 9 months it does keep older children entertained too. My 18 month old adores pushing the balls down and squeals with excitement as they go down. My three year old is a lot more sophisticated and likes to predict where the balls will end up.
Although I think this toy is great it does take up quite a bit of floor space as a lot of toys do for this age so you do need a bit of space.
At the moment it seems to be selling for betwen £18 and £20 and needs three AA batteries.
This christmas just gone, was kierans (my little boys) first christmas. He is nine months old, and we wanted to buy him something that encourages him to do stand, and play. Kieran is deaf and blind on the left side, so we wanted something that had lights and sounds, to capture his attention. I had seen this in the shops, and read some of the review on here. So i decided to go for it.
ABOUT THE TOY
The Ball blast, when put together, is about a foot high. So it's the perfect height for kieran to pull him self up on.
It is brightly coloured in yellow, red and blue. It reminds me of a helter skelter, as it has a ball run, that looks like a helter skelter slide. The top looks a bit like a steering wheel,, and has lights, and a button on. You can push the button, and it plays a tune, and the lights shine.
You have four balls with this. The idea is, that you put The balls in the top, (which sets off the tune and lights), and the ball rolls down the ramp and out the bottom. Sounds basic, but the kids love it.
WHAT WILL IT TEACH KIERAN?
Well before we gave this to kieran, He wasn't even attempting to pull him self up, or stand. But now, He is constantly doing it. He has also learnt how to bend down and pick up the balls. Which i think is very clever.
He is also learning, that when he puts the ball in the top, he gets the reward of the lights and music. He does a little celabratery dance, which is very sweet. BLESS!!
Later on, It should teach him about colours. As the balls are all diferent colours. So you could encourage little ones, by saying, 'can you put the red ball in the top?'. So there are a lot of educational points to this toy.
The ball blast, comes in pieces, ready for the brains of the house to put it together.
The instructions are quite simple and straight forward. So much so, that even my partner could understand them!!
It is a bit fiddly to put together. But it only took me about 10 mins, Which isn't to bad. The bit my partner did for me, was putting the stickers on. Isn't he a clever boy!!!!!!?
HOW STRONG IS IT?
Well i was a bit concerned as to whether it would with hold the weight of kieran pulling him self up on it. But to far so good. I am very impressed with that. It seems very strong, and well built. But we wouldn't expect anything less from fisher price.
This is given the age group of, 9mths plus.
I think this is the right age group for it, because they are just starting to stand then, and have something to hold on to.
( i know i've put 0-12 on the other bit, but thats the only option they had.)
The music on here can be a bit annoying. especially when you've heard for the 10th time in the last 5mins. But you'll be please to know, that this has two volume settings, and an off switch!!!
Only thing is, that neither of the volumes are that low!! But because of kierans problems, he needs it slightly louder anyway.
This averages at £18.99. But i'm sure if you shop around, you can find it cheaper. espcially now the sales are on!!
You can get this in most store. I got mine in argos. But i have also seen it in woolworths, toys are us and on ebay.
I just thought i'd add this bit for any bus users. It comes in quite a large box. It ok if you have a car. But if you have a pushchair, and have to get the bus home, It won't be easy!!
Believe me, i experienced it first hand.
This comes in an open fronted box. So feel free to have a play before you buy!
DO I RECOMEND THIS?
YES! YES! YES! Kieran loves this! We spend hours playing with this. I think i'll be needing more batteries soon!!
Thanks for reading.
# also on another review site. written by me.
This is a great toy to encourage your baby to stand up from a sitting position.
When baby is sitting down, there is a pedal to push, which makes the balls spiral down the tube, which is helter-skelter like. Once your baby is starting to stand up, they can grip the top of the toy, which looks a bit like a steering wheel and is very easy for them to grip onto and enables them to pull themselves up to the top and stand up fully.
Once they are standing up, the idea is to load the balls down the whole in the top, which is the tube, and watch the balls spiral down the helter- skelter to the bottom, where they will then pop out of one of four holes. It has yellow, blue and green flashing lights, and once the balls are placed down the tube, music begins to play. My son loves standing up and dancing to this music, and trying to guess which hole the ball will come out of.
The toy is suitable for nine months and older. My son was still playing with this, and enjoying it, when he was 2 yrs old. It costs on average £20, and you can purchase it from Argos/Woolworths/Tescos/most other shops selling toys.
It is 40cm tall, so you have to leave it standing somewhere, unless you want to reassemble it every time you use it! The toy is very sturdy, with a wide base and shouldn't topple over. It does require batteries to operate the lights and the sounds, but they do last quite a long time, as they only work when the balls are going down the tube.
I would definately recommend this toy, as it does keep the children occupied long enough to sit down for 5 minutes! Also, watching them dance and wiggle to the music can be pretty amusing too!