REVIEW: Brio – Ball Pounder

This 5-piece set includes three bright multi-coloured balls, a child-friendly hammer with a hard rubber head and yellow handle, and a bright red bucket. There’s more to the balls than a first glance shows – they are gorgeously tactile, partly rubber and part shiny plastic. What’s more, each one makes a different musical noise, and little ones will enjoy shaking them and hearing the sounds.

Put one of the balls into the top opening, bang it with the hammer and watch as it shoots out through one of the three openings at the bottom – which one will it be? And can you catch it? The anticipation is always a thrill at this age. Your young one will be having lots of fun and at the same time will be developing dexterity, hand-eye co-ordination as they refine their aim to hit the ball squarely, and sound recognition. Can they guess which colour ball you are rattling? The bright colours, jingling balls and excitement of pounding the hammer will engage children, keeping them entertained for hours.

The toy is suitable for children of 18 months upwards and it is an excellent way to encourage hand-eye coordination, They will respond well to the bright colours, and can be encouraged to name the colours as they play. Like all BRIO toys, the wood used (the toy is part wood, part plastic) is FSC certified. It is really well made, very attractive – a toy that will last and last and give children hours of happy play.

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