I was recently contacted to ask if we'd like to try out Bubabloon, described as "an exciting, revolutionary new children’s toy that transforms a normal balloon into a durable, unbreakable, reusable toy for children from four months to four years (and beyond)".
It sounded intriguing so when it arrived in the post, we excitedly unpacked it. Hmm a couple of balloons and a protective cover - how revolutionary could that be? Well, only one way to find out !
It's very simple - as the instructions say, you just put the balloon into the cover with the end sticking out, blow it up, tie a knot in it and tuck the knot inside. The cover (without the balloon !) can be machine washed and tumble dried, which is always handy if it's going to be used by babies and kids who like to drool (and worse !) on things !
Sophie did the honours and blew it up.
And within seconds we had what looked like a beach ball to play with.
Now, I would have liked to have shared some action shots with you but I failed because they all came out blurry. This is because the Bubabloon becomes really bouncy so it was pinging about all over the place, ricocheting off walls (and even heads) while the kids giggled their socks off, hitting and kicking it !
Generations of kids have loved the simple pleasure of playing with balloons and Bubabloon taps into that timeless appeal. Who needs hi-tech toys that gobble up batteries and cost a fortune?! Bubabloon also removes the risk of choking on a popped balloon and makes the balloon much more resistant, judging by the Madhouse kids' boisterous playing with it, so it won't pop so easily in the first place.
It is available in a host of bright, bold and whimsical colours and designs, ranging from campervans, pirates and animals to inspirations from nature. It is quite pricey for what it is, but I do like the safety aspect and the fact that it is a toy that will appeal to kids of all ages, from babies right up to teens. As it folds down into a handy little pouch, it is also ideal for keeping in your coat pocket or handbag for impromptu trips to the park or the beach.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £10.99
for more information : www.BUBABLOON.co.uk (Sign up to their newsletter and you'll be in with a chance of winning one)
Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.