Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

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We like

Built to look real

Child friendly design

Fun

Good for coordination

Portable

Versatile

Durable

Social

Safe

Nice features

Nice functions

We don’t like

Ensure hoop securely fitted

How it works

From toddlers up to around 5 years old, this indoor-outdoor basketball set will give children tons of enjoyment while they also develop and hone their basketball moves for when they get older. Growing children can easily adjust the choice for height since there are six settings starting at 2ft high and ending at 4ft. The rim is oversized to encourage and help children to score while at the same time subtly developing the body, eyes and hand coordination. Children won’t have to stay home bored on rainy days as this is good for use in the home and can be placed in a child’s bedroom, a garage or any free room where they can play and practice alone or invite friends for team play and try some competitive fun. This means this toy set is good for every season and occasion.

Basketball is a national sporting pastime in the USA and very popular in many other countries. It’s a great way to keep fit, develop teamwork and competitive skills for young kids.

The base is weighted down by filling it with average grain sized sand to ensure stability while kids are playing and having fun. This set gives younger children year-round access for practicing and playing basketball. On summer days the set can be carried outside and easily set-up and in winter you can put it in any room that has enough space for your children to play basketball.

Ease of Use & Features

Ease of Use & Features

Ease of use is straightforward for young users, and even the assembly of the product is easy. The aims and objects of making a basket shot accurately are an easy action which can be practiced repeatedly while having fun and exercise. All the uses with this toy result in positive outcomes, young children get to be energetic and enjoyable, develop focus and attention in combination with play.

The features are well designed for enabling young children to score those important points because the hoop is larger. Children get to score and enjoy the feeling of success while developing coordination abilities. The three balls that come with each set are junior size kid friendly and perfect for practicing.

You will need to add sand to the base so that it is weighted and stable. There is a nice choice of adjustable height sessions which means as children grow taller they can re-set the height of the loop. This creates a toy with the potential for many years of use. For example, if a child gets this when he is 2-3 years old he/she can play with this for 3 perhaps 4 more years. This set allows for one player more or even a competitive three players because there are three provided with this hoop-set.

This set allows children to be competitive but also to be team players when required to do so. An outstanding additional feature is that the set can be used indoors during cold or unsuitable rainy - snowy weather and outdoors when the weather is nice. There are not that many toy sets which offer the benefits offered by this one.
Materials & Functions

Materials & Functions

Little Tikes will be delivered in a sturdy protective box. The material construction has five parts, first the base which is a strong molded plastic, it is hollow and has to be filled with sand to anchor the base more firmly. Second, the main stand which gives height, a backboard piece, a hoop, and finally a net. Putting the set together is very easy, you just need to slot in the parts and fit the hoop. Customer feedback suggests giving a lot of attention to ensure the hoop is securely fitted into place.

When assembled, the set can easily be carried to use anywhere around the house, the garage or the yard. The three small balls are great for child-sized hands, they are easy to hold, manipulate and throw accurately. These are balls built from a soft material which means if accidentally thrown at another child, no harm will happen. Parents have reported that even a two-year-old child found the basketball set to be really interesting and they were able to score baskets.

The materials used in the making are sturdy and have strong durability while the surfaces are smooth enough so no harm can be done to young children. Functions stay true over the years so as a preschooler gets taller, this toy height can be altered to suit her/him.

There are a lot of good functions and this product will enable very young children to enjoy independent play and gradually improve body coordination and good balance skills along with visual coordination. The aims of basketball are more than just sport, it encourages exercise, cooperative teamwork, determination and of course great fun. If your child shows little interest in sports, this could be a motivational gift through which they can gradually and independently enjoy while they develop more sporting skills and abilities. This is also a great way to encourage children to explore their own abilities and move forward into competitive games.

The final appealing function to mention is that this set has indirect positive confidence and psychological possibilities for children with special needs. They can learn to focus, exercise and have objectives, which they can repeat and practice.
Entertainment Value

Entertainment Value

This sports toy has very good entertainment potential. It can be either played alone so a child can develop and focus her/his skills or played with more friends for team fun. This set means that children can still enjoy active play indoors on gloomy rainy days. While enjoying the entertaining game kids will increasingly develop motor skills and improve their coordination. It is also a great game for brothers and sisters around the toddler and pre-school years, because this is something which brings young children together in a positive sporting activity.
Durability

Durability

The makers have gone for reliable durability in the actual base and frame though some parents suggest that the point where the loop is fitted should have stronger durability and if not fitted securely the hoop can become detached. Indoors or left out in the garden the materials are strong and wear resistant and can take repeated knocks from active young kids.
Safety & Care

Safety & Care

Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set is stable and safe for young children practicing basketball. The balls which are lightweight and soft, offer no potential for harm and the stability of the frame means it is very unlikely to fall over unless a determined child intended to do so. All the materials are meant to be safe for young children, so parents don't need to worry about leaving their kids to play alone with this toy.
Design

Design

The impressive design is built to look as close to a real basketball set as possible, and this feature certainly works for young children. A great design feature is how the stand can adjust height levels to suit easy play or more challenging skill development for kids. This means the main design feature helps a child develop better skills or to grow taller. The stand can be altered to be more challenging or higher for more throwing accuracy practice.
Portability

Portability

The whole stand weighs in at seven pounds. This is a hefty weight and would be tricky for young children to move around, though older children will find portability really easy though some care should be taken while carrying it.
Versatility

Versatility

The versatility factors revolve around the points that this can be used by children barely into toddler years although many customers say it can be used in even younger age. Customer research suggests that though the game is for children, it often brings all the family to join in the fun. Proud Dads and Moms will encourage very young kids to play and take a shot at the basket, and this results in lots of delight for children and parents and is a wonderful bonding activity for a family.
Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

Because customer feedback shows that parents have encouraged children as young as two years to play and enjoy this game it seems fair to point out that adult supervision can be good for motivating children and teaching them the moves and actions. There is not any feedback to suggest that supervision is needed for any negative reasons connecting to the product.
Creativity

Creativity

Young children are new to sports and they have not developed the creative skills through which they can use coordination, dexterity and body movement to accurately throw a ball up so that it drops down through a hoop. Though the action is taken for granted for older kids, teenagers and adults, for toddlers and younger kids, these types of skills require practice which promotes creative movements and thinking. This game set will enable children to think creatively as they develop their game skills.
Age Range

Age Range

The age range put forward by the product makers starts at 3 years of age and suggests it can be fun until around 7, though it can easily be imagined that older kids would enjoy this. Outside of the brand makers age suggestions, many parents say that the game is very good for kids as young as two years old as these children experience lots of fun, enjoyment, and excitement whenever they achieve a successful shot through the hoop.
Calming

Calming

This set qualifies for the potential of calming children. In the times when a child is feeling bored and very active, he or she can play this sport in the home, garage and burn up some energy in a positive way. We all know that young kids tend to get easily bored, so this product will be a great solution to that problem since it can be used anywhere and anytime.
Social

Social

The nature of basketball is very social because it brings hundreds of thousands of people together supporting opposing teams. So many conversations revolve around well-known teams and their players. In a family setting the social factor can be high with different members in a young family playing and trying to outperform each other. Competition is a strong socially bonding activity. Playing this game with their siblings, cousins, friends or even with parents can result in developing great social skills while also working on teamwork and cooperation as well as competition.
Price Range

Price Range

Considering the features, durable construction and materials and the versatility of this product to use inside or outside a family home and enjoy so many hours of exercise, beneficial development of physicals coordination while actually learning a national sport, the cost is reasonable and well within the budget aims for parents.

Bottom Line

All parents want their children to be able to take part in and enjoy sports because exercise is great for young bodies and minds. Introducing young children/toddlers to a sport will help with developing eye and physical actions, social play, individual focus combined with a desire to compete and also teamwork.

A clear bonus is that this product introduces children to sport without foul weather limitations because it works inside the home where children can play and practice while being secure and safe from cold or wet weather. Yet, equally good is that during those warm months this can be set up safely in a garden where kids can let of energy and enjoy long sessions of sporting fun. The product has a child-friendly design and can be altered for different heights by taller or growing children. The materials for the stand are durable and clearly strong and can certainly withstand robust play from kids. Boys and girls will be delighted to be introduced into a very popular sport at a young age and this will give them a very good start for developing sporting abilities.

A child can play alone and practice until he/she has mastered getting accurate at scoring shots or children can play together competitively and take turns at scoring shots through the hoop. This really works as a great way for social interaction among children.

As a great gift for very young children, the set will bring a lot of interest, focus, fun, excitement and important exercise for a good number of years both inside and out of the home.
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