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ELC coloured playballs are good. For £20 we bought 200 of these for a large ball pool we bought for our little one. We use 142 balls in the pool (I have this figure imprinted in my brain as it's my job to count these all back in after our little monkey has jumped, crawled, thrown and kicked these colourful little globes all around the garden or patio. We bought 2 packs of 100 for £10 each, as we realised that 100 wasn't going to fill our pool, it might seem a lot of money but these are well made and won't split, break or cause damage, they are used for the ball pool but are decent value as something to kick around with little kids, their colouring makes them fun and sometimes useful for discussing colours and helping your kids understand the differences in colours. Sometimes we'll split them up and use only two colours of balls to try and help our monkey understand the variations and names of colours more easily. The balls are around 7cm in diameter and are reasonably hard, but squishy and soft to the push, i've had them hit me and the face and so has my little one and we've both avoided the urge to throw ourselves on the floor, have a tantrum and burst into tears, they don't hurt and that is massively important when you have little guests round who seem intent on hitting their best friends in the face repeatedly with these squashy little balls. They are nice enough to look at, soft and squishy, they don't throw brilliantly outside, and are better indoors as the wind makes them veer off course, but i've been told repeatedly that they aren't for throwing, they are for the ball pool. The balls come in a well designed bag which is easy to pack in a cupboard or spare room, the bag is rugged and can survive being thrown around and is a perfect way of reorganising these chaotic little things. I think we've had great value out of these and if we have more kids, they'll be reused again, although we anticipate 1-2 more years out of them with our little nipper. They are hard wearing and I would recommend them to others. We bought them in the ELC in our local town centre a few years ago, but that has now shut, so I believe they might still be available in Mothercare, but if not they appear to be on Amazon Marketplace. If you have a reasonable sized ball pool, 100 balls probably isn't enough, if you have a very small child though it is way more than enough and your toddler will simply sit in the balls or want to roll them. Well worth the money, their longevity and quality ensures they will last for many years and can be easily stored and unpacked, just try and keep count of them, or you'll start losing them and re-finding them at inopportune moments.
Finding that my son had a love of the ball crawl at our local soft play centre, it seemed appropriate to get him something similar for home - albeit on a much smaller scale. We purchased a pop up pool and two sets of 100 coloured playballs on a 3 for 2 offer for outdoor toys from Early Learning. We purchased these in February but the offer is currently still running. The playballs come in sets of 100 for £10 and are suitable for babies from 9 months. THE BALLS The balls are packed neatly into a mesh case which is fastened with a green zip around the top so that it acts like a material box to keep the balls in. This is great as it keeps the balls neat and tidy but can expand where needed so that they are easy to pack away rather than the frustration of not packing a box quite right and being unable to shut the lid. There is also a green material handle on top so that you can carry them easily. The balls inside are various colours - red, blue, green and yellow. They are made of a smooth plastic and hollow so are very light. PLAYTIME Although we purchased these largely for outdoor play we have also used them in the pool indoors. We definitely needed the two sets of balls to fill the pool, which is not overly large. 100 balls sounds a lot but they don't go far and they only fill the bottom of the pool with a single layer. Two packs gives much more of a 'ball pit' feel. The balls are lightweight but keep their form quite well - if my son sits on them he seems comfortable and they don't bother him. At the same time, they keep their form and shape well - they may dent occasionally but they pop back out easily. They also do not debt to give a sharp edge (which can be dangerous) like some playballs we have come across. This is also reassuring for me as a mother as my son still likes to put these in his mouth and bite on them - even this has, so far, not caused any lasting damage to the balls My son enjoys playing with the balls, although only usually for small amounts of time at once (annoying when you have to set up and pack away and this sometimes takes up more time than he actually plays with them for...!). They are good for him to learn from - learning about the movement of balls and how to throw. I also believe they are good from a sensory perspective and in building his confidence and sense of adventure in different surroundings. MY OPINION I think that these playballs are well made and are lovely bright colours so great for stimulating younger babies. They hold their shape and form well so are great from a safety point of view as well as when thinking about longevity. I think that £10 for 100 balls is a great price (10p per ball) but, it is even better if you can pick these up on offer like we did. The net that they come in is great when it comes to storing these neatly and compactly and also if you need to take these anywhere. I would definitely recommend these balls if you are looking to create an indoor or outdoor ball pit.
I have been shopping around for my little nephew as it was his birthday a few weeks ago, he has so many clothes and trains it is hard to try and find something that he would like. As summer was fast approaching I decided to look into some things that went into the garden to allow him to spend hours of fun outside without getting bored. The biggest problem I found was that this meant either spending an absolute fortune or he was a little too young for the items. This is when I was shopping around the Early Learning Centre for some options and I opted to get him a lot of smaller items so he had a wider variety to choose from. One of the presents that I opted for was 100 coloured play balls as I know that my sister had recently purchased a small paddling pool for the summer after the hot spell that we had, but due to the hose pipe ban I could not see this being used, so I thought what a great way to make the most out of it. This bag of coloured balls are great for boys or girls as they come in red, yellow, blue and green, they also come in a mesh bag so that when they are not being used they can be put back into the mesh bag until they are used again. The coloured plastic balls can be used outside or inside, which is brilliant as you are never guaranteed the weather in the UK so it is nice to know that they can be used no matter what the weather. The plastic balls are safe for children over 9 months and upwards and there are ball ponds especially designed to house these balls for the child to play with at the early learning centre, but if you already have somewhere to use them this is far more cost effective. Especially as you need have somewhere to store this when they are not being used. These 100 balls cost £10, which I thought was great value, but they are also on offer at the moment, as the Early Learning Centre are offering three for two on all sports and gardening toys so I decided to make the most of this great offer and get the cheapest item free. These balls are fantastic he has been using them now for a few weeks and they are versatile and he has great fun playing in them. He likes sitting in them and at the same time we hide some of his toys amongst the balls and we then have fun trying to find them, obviously while moving the balls are flying everywhere. The only downside is that due to the poor weather we have had we had set the ball pond up in the front room, but after a few days the balls were everywhere and it seemed that all we did was pick them up and move them from behind sofas and under the tables. With the garden being so much bigger they will be far more practical to use outside in a bigger area. Overall these are great and my nephew has hours of fun playing in them he also likes playing at rolling a few balls around the floor and as they are plastic there are no fears of him throwing them inside the house and accidentally breaking something. They are well worth the price tag and they are also available in other colours if blue, red, green and yellow are not practical.
When my toddler was about six months old he started to get really frustrated and grumpy. He was desperate to move and run around like his older sister and his friends but his movement was restricted. Whilst out in town I spotted these balls in ELC and bought the bag of 100 coloured balls for £8 in the sale (usual RRP is £10). The recommended age is 9 months plus, but not for safety reasons-this is the age when most children will begin to be interested in this toy. At home I realised I tipped them out on the floor and watched him pick them up with glee, rolling, throwing and trying desperately to move after them on the floor. The balls were slightly too big for his hands so they slipped out and 'popped' out of his fingers which made him chuckle. It was also impossible for him to bite them (sadly the same could not be said for his family members who were regular recipients of his sharp little mouth) but he did his best to give them a jolly good lick. When it came time to clear them up it became clear that they would not all fit back into the plastic bag they came from, perhaps it was just my tiredness (my boy saw sleep as something for the weak) but I struggled and ended up substituting a blue IKEA bag. The next day I simply added the baby to the bag which delighted him and kept the balls mostly contained. On his first birthday he got a paddling pool which doubled up as a very enjoyable ball pool as his interest in the balls had continued. His sister also loved sitting in there or next to him at four years old, although her interest waned much faster than his did. Some of the balls made it into the bath where they bobbed along whilst he tried to grab them and dunk them-something he very much enjoyed. Now my little boy is two and a half and sadly the paddling pool no more. Despite their sturdiness many of the balls have joined the paddling pool in the great dump in the sky. Very few balls can maintain their shape under the foot or bottom of an adult, or even a small child. Once squished they don't reform easily and in many cases they split or holes formed. However out of the original 100 I reckon we have about twenty left, lurking in toyboxes and in the garden and playhouse. They aren't played with very often now, occasionally they are picked up to be quickly thrown again, or are pretend treasure for pirates, collected by children in buckets as eggs or 'shopping', thrown in the air and hit with spades but in general they have been replaced by other toys. For the initial outlay of £8 we got a year or so of a toy that my baby/toddler absolutely loved playing with and which kept him quiet and entertained. He learned to throw, to kick, to grab, to colour match, to roll balls to other people and loved the sensation of sitting in the ball pool. As he started to move he chased the balls around the house and garden. Now he is older most of them have not survived but they are still attractive to him and his sister and are still a part of some of their games. Most children love balls and this is a great toy for children up to the age of five or six, few would be disappointed with 100 brightly coloured plastic balls. Ours are looking tired, dirty and quite scratched but they are still wanted and enjoyed. If there is a negative then it is that they are hard to clean. My daughter spilt a cup of orange juice on them and despite repeated washings in the bath some of the balls, even now are still sticky!
A bag of 100 coloured playballs.Use to fill up one of our pools for indoor and outdoor fun / Age range: From 9 months.