“ Brand: ELC / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
In the summer me and my family enjoy going on picnics and tend to take along numerous outdoor toys for the kids (and the adults) to play with especially if it's an all day picnic which we go on a lot. I saw these in early learning centre and they cost me about £5.00 each I think, I know they didn't cost any more than that. Well they are ideal, the leather balls my kids have are very hard and I'm always concerned about them hitting people or windows because they are exceedingly hard and damage things very easily. So on seeing these I jumped at the chance to buy a couple.
My oldest son gets rather carried away when playing football and often forgets that his little brother is playing with him and that he is a great deal smaller, but I don't need to worry about my little one being hit as much with these balls because it is so soft . Although when my youngest first got hit with this he did cry but seemed more startled than hurt but now he laughs and kicks it back which is good. It's also perfect for playing out the front as all the mums had agreed no balls because of the possible damage to cars and windows but this has been approved and we can let the kids play without fear of damage to vehicles or of someone being hurt(there is a wide age range). Everybody is happy! Although the kids do say that because they are light that they don't travel as well when kicked and often the wind does catch them but they are still happy to play with these. Another problem is that I have found a few bite holes in my youngest son's ball where he has bitten out chucks of the foam (odd I know, but still!)
They are basically made of large solid blue foam with black markings imitating a regular football. This is a great way to encourage exercise and perfect to take on picnics to the park or beach. My youngest plays it in the house but has learned he isn't to throw it in the house just to roll it. Although it is lightweight is still possible to knock over ornaments. In the garden this is great but if you have dogs who like balls I would keep it away from them as they would be easily damaged by a dog. They do get mucky quickly especially in the autumn, and they don't clean easily, but it's not a huge problem, also if you need to name them for any reason black marker pen stays on very well, and I can imagine these will last well if kept away from both my dog and youngest sons teeth...loll!
Overall a very robust and durable item perfect for what its designed for, I would definitely purchase another once for next summer to replace our one that looks like Swiss cheese. I would highly recommend these balls.
I am a big fan of the early learning centre and their toys. When my children were younger I bought the majority of their toys from there. Although they are now probably a little old for most of the toys that ELC sell there are still a few that my son especially still plays with.
The foam football is kept in our garden throughout the year and it makes a decent ball for him to play with. It isn't a proper football by any means and is made with foam so is too light for a proper kick about but it is the ball I prefer he uses when he is playing in the back as I am less scared he is going to smash my windows which could happen with a harder football.
The foam ball cost me around about £5 which I think was good value for money. The majority of things that I have bought from ELC have been fantastic quality and even toys which I bought for my eldest daughter have lasted years and this ball is no exception. Even though it is made from foam it has only a few slight tears to it which isn't bad considering just how boisterous my son can be with his toys.
The ball makes a great lightweight ball for young kids and it also makes a good play ball for older kids. We have used it loads of places from the beach to the local park. It is so lightweight that it also makes a good ball for games such as dodgeball as there is no fear that someone is going to end up getting hurt by getting hit with this ball. It also helps save your ornaments if it gets thrown in the house.
All in all this is a great and inexpensive ball from ELC and one that I have no complaints with. If you buy it as an all-around ball for kids to throw and play with and not buy it expecting it to be as heavy and solid as a football then I think you will be pleased with it too.
I buy the majority of my youngest children's toys from the Early Learning Centre because I think they are generally really good quality and come at a very reasonable price. One such toy my kids have is the Early Learning Centre Blue Foam Football which cost me £5.00 direct from the ELC website. The ball came in a choice of blue or pink - and we opted for blue just because blue is my little boys favourite colour.
This ball looks like a normal football in as much as it is round with "patches" on it in true football style. It is made entirely out of foam and so it is very light weight and so it's easy for even the smallest child to have a go at kicking and catching. Because it is so light weight and made of foam it is particularly designed to be used indoors and so it's really good for the kids to play with in the winter months. Having said that, it is still capable of knocking things over and so some supervision and care is still needed. Because it's foam, it is quite squashy and my son is quite partial to seeing how small he can squash it - but then it will ping straight back out again and retain it's shape.
However, the negative thing about this ball is the fact that if it is taken outside it can become unusable very quickly. If it gets wet then the ball becomes incredibly heavy and then it can effectively become like a missile is kicked and could do a lot of damage. Of course it is possible to squeeze the water out, but it does take a long time to dry out again. In addition, it gets dirty very quickly in the garden and again, although it's possible to wash it, it takes a long time to dry out. Another thing that isn't so great is the fact that because it's made of foam it is possible to pick at it and I know I have seen my children to pick at it and so there are little chunks missing from it.
Overall, this is an okay ball, and while the fact that it is made of foam can be advantageous because it means it can be used indoors, it is also a hindrance because it can get wet and muddy very easily. I'm not sure I would recommend it or not.
In our house, we are all footy mad! Most of the time you will find a football in any part of the house! The other day I went shopping for a present for my baby niece! The early learning centre have lots of kids toys and are brilliant for toddlers! I think a lot of my childhood toys came from this shop, it's a well trusted brand and always produce quality items! I spotted this ball and really wanted it, so I decided to buy it for myself! I am in love with this ball, it's used all the time inside and outside.
A bit about the ball:
It's a sponge ball which is a similar size to a normal football. It's a firm type of sponge that is quite light ( if it hit you in the face it wouldn't hurt ) the ball I bought was blue like the picture, but they do other colours. The ball is brilliant for indoor play and also outdoor, because it's got a bit of weight to it it won't be effected by the wind. I tend not to use it inside anymore because I nearly knocked my television off the wall when attempting to do some kick ups. But overall it's a good quality ball to take to the beach or to the park! It absorbs water so it becomes heavy when it's rains. I wouldn't advise you leave this outside because it will deteriorate.
I paid £3 for the ball, I think this is a bit pricey. You can buy sponge balls from places such as tesco for half that price, the reason why I chose to get mine from the ELC is because the quality I though, would be better! Which to be honest I think it is. The ball has been around my house for a couple years now and looks the same as it did to begin with :)
Who is it for:
It's best for young kids wanting to practise football skills, my younger family members love using it when they come over and it's safe for them. A full size football can hurt kids when they kick it, this is soft and there is no chance of Any injury. Adults can also use it for a kick about! There great fun and won't break windows if your outside and kicking against the wall!
I am really pleased with this ball, it has lasted me nearly 2 years and is great fun. I will probably get another one if this one gets ruined, my dog has tried to bite it! So I wouldn't keep it near dogs. Thanks for reading, hope it helps :)
Overall this gets 5 stars from me
This is one of the best toys I have ever bought.
But also one of the WORST toys I have ever bought.
Well it's simple first here's the good points. This ball is super soft. With nearly every toy that is intended to be used for outdoor play they inevitably get played with indoors. This isn't the biggest of problems with small toys that stay on the ground such as outdoor weatherproof jigsaws buckets and spades and so forth but when it comes to footballs the destruction they can cause inside the house is no laughing matter. That is the reason I love this ball, plus it comes from the thrust worthy name of the Early Learning Centre.
When the little ones start kicking this around inside my sitting room it gives me enough time to stop them without the flat screen TV being smashed like it would with a standard hard as a rock football. This ball is the equivalent of kicking a mash mellow around the room. It is made of super soft foam and when it hits against anything most of the force is absorbed by the ball itself. Destruction of my belongings aside the softness of this ball also ensures safe play between the children themselves. When I leave them to have a kick around out in the back garden there is never tears after the ball has hit one or the other in the leg, foot, tummy or even the face. This ball NEVER hurts any child I have allowed to play with it. Think of a bathroom sponge and how that could never hurt you no matter how hard anyone hit you with it, it is exactly the same with this ball.
Now for the downside of using this ball over a standard ball or the Thomas the tank engine ball that I recently reviewed. The fact that it is so light means the wind can catch it very easily and blow it in to the neighbours yard in the blink of an eye and that WILL result in tears from the children especially if the ball can not be retrieved instantly. If this ball is kicked or thrown high enough for even a light breeze to catch it, it annoyingly ends up caught up in trees and bushes way to often for my liking.
Another down side to this soft sponge ball is the fact that it is just that, a sponge. It absorbs water and if it happens to end up in a puddle of dirty water the ball then becomes a breading ground for germs and bugs. It does feel like it has some kind of covering on it and I think that may be there to repel water but I find it doesn't do a good enough job.
But the main reason I no longer use this ball is that sooner rather than later the little ones will pick at it and we all know how sharp their little fingernails are. This not only results in a total mess where clumps and specks of foam are absolutely everywhere. That is the least of my worries I became paranoid and panicked that the children may have put this foam into their mouths like they do with everything else I checked all their mouths and to my horror one of them had a a small clump of foam in her mouth. I was terrified we went to A&E and thankfully everything was okay. In our panic we hadn't noticed that the piece of foam was the same size as the hole in the ball but luckily we had brough it with us to the hospital.
This ball is said to be suitable of ages 3 and up but I would NEVER leave this ball with a child that young. For that reason alone I have taken this ball away and replaced it with the Thomas the Tank Engine ball I mentioned earlier. The only time I would say for you to allow this ball to be used is when you are standing there watching them as they play. But some people I know allow their children to play with these in their room totally unsupervised. I have nightmares about what happened and more so about what could have happened. The doctor said we were very lucky that she hadn't had time to swallow it as the foam would have lodged in her throat and would have cut off her air supply. Even thinking about it makes me shiver.
This ball is super soft and fun to play with but I can't give it more than one star because of the risks involved.
Please observe you children while playing with this kind of ball.
This soft foam football is ideal for a gentle kick about / Age range: From 3 years.