The ball pool is Matthew's oasis. What can I say? The boy loves balls.
We have a flower petal ball pool that's made of soft foam. It was a pretty fancy gift from Grandma and Grandpa (Bill's parents. My parents are 'Lolo' and 'Lola', which mean grandpa and grandma in Filipino/ Tagalog.) Matthew literally dives into it everyday, several times a day and tosses all the balls out. So, everyday, several times a day, I'm picking up balls all over our kitchen floor and tossing them back into the ball pool. He used to dive out but after a few head bonks on the floor, he learned to ask for help to get out. Lately, he's been able to get out of the ball pool properly. It helps that he's taller.
An easy and cost-effective way to create your own ball pool is to fill a small inflatable swimming pool with a bag of 100 plastic balls (available at Walmart). I learned this from a First Steps playgroup last year.
Another variation of ball pool I recently saw at a local playgroup is the Megaland Pop-Up Playset. The play structure is made of a collapsible, lightweight nylon and looks like a lot of fun.
We love the ball pool. It's fun for our ball lover and it has certainly helped his balance and gross motor development.
Toy Review Tuesday: Balls
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