Another great find from our local toy store is the OgoSport OgoDisk. I went into the store looking for a velcro-mitt type game to start playing catch with the boys. We bought them small baseball mitts a few months ago, but it wasn’t quite working out. (They seem a little young still – their hand-eye coordination is pretty centered on their bodies and the idea of catching a ball out to their right side was kind of lost on them). When I asked our local toy store about a velcro-mitt style game, they highly recommended we try the OgoDisk Mini instead. The OgoDisk has two 12″ round disks with soft rubber edges and a bouncy, trampoline-like center. It comes with a rubber koosh ball, and the goal is to bounce the ball back and forth between the disks. The ball is very soft and safe to play with, especially since you are bound to have a rogue ball hit you in the face.
The OgoDisk has won several awards in recent years and you’ll know why – this is one awesome, well made, and fun game. You won’t believe the laughs this game gets out of the kids, even the first few times they played when they missed the ball every single time. Now, only two weeks later, the boys are able to volley the ball back and forth a few times. Bennett is even starting to play one handed, holding the disk like a tennis racket. Unlike some toys that lose their appeal after a few plays, the interest keeps increasing for the OgoDisk as they get better at playing. They’ve started to change up the game a little, with little variations like playing with two balls at a time, each bouncing their own ball paddle-style and seeing who can bounce the ball higher, or with Daddy taking turns “pitching” to them. The koosh is so lightweight it’s OK to play indoors if you have enough room. A great bi-product of all this activity and laughing is that the kids are tuckered out afterwards and sleep well at night.
The OgoDisk will make a great gift for just about any age, toddler to adult. My husband wants me to pick up another set so all four of us can play at once. The 12″ Mini disk is great for our small toddler/preschool-aged kiddos, and it also come in two larger sizes for older children. I’ve just spent some time on their website, and found OgoSport also has a cute blog with ideas for outdoor activities.
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Enjoy the game, enjoy summer, enjoy your kids! xo