I remember clear as day my mum buying me a Lolo ball. It used to remind me of the planet Satin, it is actually a huge yellow ball with blue plastic rim I would stand on, its took a while a for me to master the art of bouncing around, but once I started I couldn't stop. I played with it for months, bouncing every where, until finally it got puncture...
Much to my surprise this new toy has landed, the Zoingo Boingo. It is like the Lolo ball with an extension lead and handle to hold.
How cool does the Zoingo Boingo look? The similarly to the Lolo Ball is uncanny. It's like the Lolo Ball has had a facelift. I like this design. On first impressions is, it looks unsafe and it doesn't look easy, having first hand experience on the Lolo Ball, it wasn't easy to use at first.
I was sent one to have some fun on, sadly I am too big to get on it myself, however it's perfect for my eldest son, James. It is aimed for 7 year old+ boys and girls. The box has clear instructions, it was easy to start to use. Firstly, I had to pumped up the ball and add the rubber rim. You will need a bicycle pump and pin, the pin is provided. (Just pump the same as you'd do for any football)
James was very interested, he couldn't wait to have a go, we took it to the park. James tried to use the Zoingo Boingo but kept falling off. I explained there's a small lip on the platform to rest your foot to grip, he has to balance his foot first, then use his other foot grab the ball, once both feet gripped the ball he would need to cup the ball with both feet and jump up and down. It's easy to explain but not easy to actually do.
To be honest it was quite difficult for him, the art of balancing doesn't come easily, also holding the handle is another thing to focus on at the same time. However the little guy was happy to keep on trying, making a point of me not helping him, using things to lean on became an option for him.
Every now and then a he managed to jump a few times, this was a little glimmer of hope he needed to continue and he'll get the knack.
I did explain it's going to take a lot of practice before he could jump all by himself after about 20 minutes he was pretty knackered but he has kept on trying, its a challenge for him. however it wont be long before he is Zoingo Boingoing all over the place.
Practice is key!!!
I really like the Zoingo Boingo, it's a real challenge for any child, its like riding a bike, using skates for the first few times, it takes time to work out the technique, gets children out of their comfort zone. Plus its keeps children very activate.
The ball is made from thick rubber, its could be used in the Park, the street, places like the skateboard park, jumping from platform to platform once the skill has been achieved, indoors I good place to practice is the hallway, learning against the hall for support.
I would be careful of bouncing on uneven surfaces and anything sharp, of course avoid broken glass. I also have to hide ours from my dog, as he sees it as a giant ball and gets over excited when he see it.
My youngest son is 6 and he isn't very sporty, however he was keen at first but found the whole process of trying to balance impossible. So unless you have a determined child, I would not waste your time. When he is ready he will let me know.
The Zoing Boingo comes in 3 different colours, its retails from £24.99 depending where you buy it from. Plenty of retailers sale it online. It's a great toy to get kids off their butts and outside, perfect for this summer weather.
James is still enjoying the Zoingo Boingo, I hope you get to have a go too.
Disclaimer: I have sent this toy to test!