Playskool Poppin’ Park Eelefun Busy Ball Popper

Although adults may never understand why, babies and young children are enthralled by watching balls defy gravity and pop up out of a ball popper. The newest ball popper to hit the market is the Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper from Playskool, in a cute elephant design.

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Features of The Poppin’ Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper:

* Comes in pink and blue,
* Some balls go back into the trunk to fall again,
* Some balls pop into the room for your child to find (encouraging crawling),
* Includes 10 different tunes that play while switched on,
* Can rotate the trunk to control the direction the balls pop in,
* Ball popping is powered by air,
* Comes with 5 balls and instructions,
* Easy push button to turn it on,
* Recommended for ages 9 months – 3 years.

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Starting with the design, the Elefun Busy Ball Popper is certainly one of the cutest ball popper toys you can buy for your child. Most of them just don’t compare to how the elephant looks, and it’s certainly a design that’ll go down well with young children. From a parent’s point of view the elephant is durable, and random items that your baby drops down the trunk are unlikely to get stuck.

One downside of the Elefun Busy Ball Popper is the fact that the popping is powered by a fan that pushes the balls out of the elephant’s trunk. Although this works well to push the balls into the air, the downside is the noise it makes. Although it doesn’t bother most children, some have noticed the sound and don’t enjoy the popper as much as a result.

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Another downside of the toy is that not all of the balls will feed back into the system. If the balls go to the elephant’s left, they will feed back in and continue popping up as long as there are enough balls to do so. If they fall into the elephant’s right ear, however, they just drop into a storage area where the balls won’t pop out from again. It’s unclear exactly why it’s been designed this way.

The original Playskool Busy Ball Popper seems to have more to it than this newer version of the toy. With the former, the balls pop up and run down a shoot before popping out again. Both are as noisy as each other, however.

Ball popper toys in general are surprisingly popular with babies and young children, despite how simple they may seem. The balls can keep them entertained for long periods of time, and children love running after balls that pop out into the room. That said, although the Elefun Busy Ball Popper is listed as one of the Toys R Us Fab 15 holiday toys, your kids may enjoy the original Busy Ball Popper more.

Playskool Poppin’ Park Eelefun Busy Ball Popper