As Joshua has just turned 29 months , he is now encouraged to discover and create on his own . He is opening his eyes more to the world around him and his senses are heightening more with touch in play and learning more than it used to be.
This month our new discovery is with a new Brio toy that is called the Ball Pounder.
The name alone actually sounds fun but also quite scary , and so when I saw that the contents included a hammer, I was terrified that it would not just be the balls that got used with it .
Joshua is currently showing signs that he loves to be mischievious , he likes to be cheeky and in play can be known to throw things so I am uneasy about allowing this toy into my sitting room where my brand new 62'' T.V is available for aim.
Lets Take a closer look -
The Ball Pounder is from Brio , a top quality wooden toy which is sustainable for those heavy little hands and time itself.
It comes in 5 pieces which includes the following -
No batteries are needed and this toy is available for ages 18+ months for just £24.95
Joshua loves to play with tools, unfortunately being small , the real thing is definitely not an option but the ones he receives at Christmas or birthdays usually come as plastic and fall apart or break quickly .
He loves to hammer things and so this is perfect for him. As I stated earlier I was concerned for the damage that may occur during play with such hard and heavy objects so we moved quickly to a safe place away form T.V's and Windows , just to be sure.
The hammer is like a real life mini mallet hammer you would find in the D.I.Y store , the one with the rubber head and wooden handles.
It is rather heavy but its perfect proportion for small hands to get hold of so Joshua was able to maneuver it easily to where he wanted it .
The Ball pit was lighter than I imagined , I expected it to be a little heavier . The hardened wood is needed especially when he is going to pounding the hammer on top of the pit to get the Ball through .
The 3 balls are covered in a soft rubber but not all of it meaning the exposed parts are hardened plastic which is my concern for this object. They are very heavy and feel almost like a real Snooker ball to hold. As you can imagine, a 2 year old throwing things , especially something like this could be a disaster for inside the home . My son sees a ball in any shape and size as a football or a basketball so he tends to throw them .
We have found that this toy is safer to be used outside of a family room and if used correctly then is enjoyed .
Joshua loved using his hammer to hit each ball separately on top of the ball pit where a hole is ready for him to pound it through.
If you take a closer look at the hole on the pit , there is a small C like shaped plastic which is slotted into it which enables the ball to slowly be pushed through the hole which also means he really needs to give it a good pound to pop that ball into the pit.
There are three holes on the bottom of the pit where they are able to be released form so its a race to find which one was chosen and as you can see he gets really excited over the fun element of doing it faster and catching the balls to redo the whole thing over and over again.
*We were not paid for this review , all opinions are honest and based on our own experiences and thoughts.