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Playskool Explore `N` Grow Busy Ball Popper

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  • Lively air-powered, ball-poppin? toy features fun, upbeat music and comes complete with five balls
  • Includes ball popper base, output tube rack, tray, lower trough and five balls.
  • Requires 4 D batteries (not included)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 17.9 x 13 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Imported (China)
  • ASIN: B002B555QQ
  • Item model number: 39070
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 9 months - 3 years
  • Batteries 4 D batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (719 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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The Playskool Explore and Grow Busy Ball Popper is a great put-and-take adventure for your infant or toddler. Designed for children ages nine months and up, the Busy Ball Popper will have your child popping the bright, colorful balls into a fun frenzy as they are air-popped out of the lower tube. The ball spinner/popper provides a fun sensorial experience, and includes fun, upbeat music to match the bright colorful characters.

Explore and Grow
Busy Ball Popper
    Ages: 9 months and up

    Requires:
  • 4 "D" batteries (not included)
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Adult assembly
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The Good: An exciting sensorial, put-and-take toy for your infant/toddler.

The Challenging: Could be damaged if dropped or thrown repeatedly.

In a Nutshell: A colorful toy that pops balls into the air or onto the ground for chasing.



Watch the fan pop the colorful balls into the air! View larger.

Colorful Balls that Spin and Pop in the Air
The Busy Ball Popper is a one-piece toy that's made up of a removable ball trough, tube, and tray. When your child presses down on the big-eyed mushroom character on the Ball Popper, the balls move up the tube and pop out of the top, falling back into the tray to start the process all over again.

The popper is made to withstand the rigors of your infant's play and can be easily cleaned with a damp towel. The plastic balls are large enough that you will not have to worry about them as choking hazards, but when your child is popping the balls, make sure to keep an eye out for balls as they can go off of the track occasionally. The popper also includes eight lively songs that start once you have pumped down the plunger to activate the ball-popping fan.

Keep in mind that although the Busy Ball Popper is made out of a strong, durable plastic, it is fairly heavy and should be kept on a flat surface while being played to avoid any damage to your furniture. The toy also shuts itself off after a short period of time, but it is recommended to always turn it off manually for battery conservation.

Great Sensorial, Put-and-take Work For Your Child
This ball popper is a great toy for infants gaining gross motor skills, or for toddlers who are ready to chase the balls around the house and dance to the upbeat music. It is visually appealing with its bright, colorful balls and characters, and you never know where the balls may land, making it an exciting and new adventure each time.

What's in the Box
Ball popper base, plastic ball tray and lower trough, and five plastic balls. (Batteries are not included.)



Product Description

Get silly with poppin’, droppin’ colored balls! Pump the plunger and drop the balls onto the spiral track. When they reach the bottom, look out – the balls pop out the top! Giggles are guaranteed with eight lively songs to help keep the fun rolling along. And later, when baby’s a bit older, there’s even more fun to be had by chasing after the bright, busy balls!

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Too bad, because my son really liked it.
T&J
It has no volume control and the music plays pretty loud, so it can get tiring very fast.
Emkat
She loves watching the balls pop and putting them back in when they pop out.
kimtmarie19

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

201 of 205 people found the following review helpful By L00king4nswers on November 30, 2010
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I'm the type of person who reads almost every review before buying anything, and there were a couple comments mentioned by MULTIPLE reviewers that almost made me not buy this toy!

These bad comments were (NOT my opinion):
1. The toy is dangerous -- child's arm got stuck in the hole where balls shoot out from.
2. The toy is VERY loud and a potential danger for small developing ears.
3. The small balls are a choking hazard.

I decided to give it a try cause I could always return it, well I'm KEEPING it!

#1... the toy that I got is the updated version that now has "prongs" on the inside of the tube, so there's no way a child can get their arm stuck down there.
#2... the toy is NOT as loud as most of the reviewers describe it to be. When I got it, I thought it was gonna sound like a vacuum cleaner from all the comments! It doesn't -- it sounds like a muffled hair dryer. Louder than any toys he has, but FAR from deafening!
#3... the balls are a little bit on the small side. I tried putting the balls in my mouth just in case, and I really had to open wide! I don't think a small child could fit them in their mouth. In any case, I wouldn't let my son play with this toy alone anyway. It's not that big of a deal.

The amount of fun my son has far outweighs any of the negatives (if you can call them that) of this toy. I happen to think it's perfect!!! And I'm so happy I ignored all the bad reviews!
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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Grekrs on October 11, 2009
First for the drawbacks; 1)It is easy to lose the balls if you don't make a point of collecting them after play and keeping them somewhere safe, 2)There is music that plays continuously while it is on, which can be annoying for some, and 3)The play cycle is rather short so you or baby must keep pressing plunger to start it again. This might be a welcome respite for those offended by #2.
BUT: All four of my boys LOVED this toy!!! A favorite, and a toy I always buy or recommend to others. Perfect for a boy or girl. My boys were enthralled by the colorful balls shooting out of the hole and amazed when they almost always went where they were supposed to, which is around the ramp and back into the receptacle. They also LOVED to feel the air blow out of the toy (the air is what pushes the ball up and out of the hole) and would often just press the plunger to feel the air on their faces, hands and in their hair. They quickly learned to start the toy themselves and would be entertained by it longer than they would be by other toys. All of my boys got this toy for their first birthdays (I am a toy manufacturers dream, I sell toys in Mom2Mom sales after on child outgrows them and then end up buying them again for subsequent kids-- can't stand clutter and feel they deserve their own stuff).
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kristin L. on October 10, 2009
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I bought this for my 10 month old daughter since my son seemed to love it at daycare when he was 1-2 years old. He's now 2 1/2 and still enjoys it. I think it's an adorable toy and a good way to teach cause/effect. My daughter watches intently as the balls pop up, then I show her where they go inside. I admit that she does flinch in surprise a little with the air/music combo as the balls pop up, but I don't think it's too loud at all. The anticipation is the fun part! I hate to say that 3 of the 5 balls are missing as of late, since they do fly all over the place when you play. I wonder if they sell extras/replacements...?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Hyland on April 9, 2011
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We got this for our son's 1st birthday. He quickly figured out how to make it start up once it stopped and is starting to figure out how to put the balls back on. It's a toy that will grow with him for sure. The one caveat is that the sound is very loud and not adjustable. I fixed this by locating the speaker (front and center) and sticking a few pieces of scotch tape over it. Now it is quieter and not as distracting to the adults in the room.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KenP on March 13, 2013
Its is a load of fun to play with UNTIL you lose a couple balls and realize it needs at least 4 to work right. The child's favorite toy then sits there and teases him. You will soon notice real replacement balls are way to expensive everywhere on the web. BUT....
I found someone who recommended Marshall Pet Pop-n-play Balls as replacement balls for the Playskool Busy Ball Popper, and they work perfect!! 3x's as many balls for much less than the real replacement balls. Wow this was a lifesaver and it is so much fun to use so many balls without stressing over losing 1 or 2. The toy is once again a favorite in the house.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Baub Litz on November 8, 2009
I bought this for my son when he was about 15 months old. He is now 3 and a half and still LOVES this thing. Two major problems: The music is VERY loud and VERY annoying. The second problem is that it eats batteries like you would not believe. As soon as the power goes down a bit from the low batteries, the balls don't shoot into the air, they just sort of push up to the top of the tube which is alot less fun for the kids. That said, it was well worth the money if you are oonly considering the the amount of fun my kids have had with it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Harris on July 11, 2011
Don't be scammed! I went looking for replacement balls for this toy after our dog got hold of a couple and I found people selling them for $15+ on eBay when you can go to the Hasbro website and order some for $4. Don't know why anyone would buy replacements for almost the same price as a brand new toy!! Here's the link to the order form [...]
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