Pindaloo

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We like

Helps develop fine motor skills

Promotes great hand-eye coordination

There are several tricks your child can learn

Made of 100% recycled materials

Gets kids away from electronics and gets them out and active

Comes in a variety of colors

We don’t like

The ball entering the tube makes a loud sound

The ball is very hard and could damage other items around the house if the ball gets loose

How it works

The Pindaloo is a skill toy that helps your child or yourself learn better motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination skills with the use of the tube and the ball that make up the toy. Pindaloo is basically an elbow-shaped tube that is hollow. To play the game, you take the ball and drop it in the tube so that it comes out the other end and you repeatedly catch the ball over and over again trying to not drop it.

By using this kind of toy, you will be able to work on coordinating your body with your vision to keep catching the ball allowing you to continue to build on these fine motor skills and use them in your daily life. With repeated play, your whole family can become better skilled with their bodies from simply catching a ball in a tube over and over again.

 

Design

Design

Pindaloo has a very simple design. The toy is a plastic tube that is bent to resemble an elbow as in the kind you find in piping or pasta. The tube is hollow and is wide enough to catch the ball when it enters the tube. The ball is also made out of a hard plastic and is durable enough to withstand the constant throwing and catching that the game requires. There are two caps that come with Pindaloo, and each cap covers each opening of the tube. The purpose of the caps is to house the ball when Pindaloo is not being used. By using the caps, the ball can never be lost and the most important parts of the toy can be kept together at all times. Pindaloo also comes in a few colors. You can buy the toy in blue, red, or yellow.
Safety

Safety

Because the ball of Pindaloo is made of a hard plastic, it is recommended to play with the toy in an area that is free of breakable objects. Some purchasers have had the ball ricochet off of the Pindaloo and bounce into fragile items. If you use Pindaloo in a clear area you will reduce the risk of potentially breaking other items in your home. The Pindaloo ball should only be used for Pindaloo and should never be thrown at another person or used in another toy as that will increase the risk hurting someone or damaging your personal property.
Motor Skill Development

Motor Skill Development

The biggest physical perk of playing with Pindaloo is that it helps children develop fine motor skills in a healthy way. The constant throwing and catching of the ball will help your child become more in tune with their bodies and how to successfully move their body in sync with their mind to create the perfect balance.

Every time your child manipulates the Pindaloo they will be working on their skills at gripping and trusting their hand will follow the order given by the brain to catch the ball without looking at their hands. The throwing and catching of the ball also causes your child to move their bodies in sync with the ball and where it is thrown, which is also another motor skill that will be developed. Your child will improve their reaction time and be able to use their brain and muscles together to accomplish the catching off the ball.
Hand-Eye Coordination

Hand-Eye Coordination

The other physical skill that is developed by using Pindaloo is the development of hand-eye coordination. The only way to successfully use Pindaloo to accomplish all the tricks that can be done by playing with the toy is to be able to use your hand in conjunction with your eyes to be able to see where the ball has been thrown and where you can place the tube under the ball to catch it back in the tube, and because the ball enters the tube and exits the tube at such a high rate of speed, you will have to continuously coordinate your body to repeatedly catch the ball every time it has been thrown from the tube. The repetition of this movement over and over again will help you or your child to develop a smooth relationship between what they see and what physically needs to be done to properly use the toy.
Age Range

Age Range

Pindaloo is recommended for children six-years-old and older. Children at six-years-old will have the ability to develop the dexterity necessary to use Pindaloo as it was intended to be used. A child under the age of six-years-old will not have developed the muscles and coordination necessary to catch the ball and throw the ball in the air.

Pindaloo is best used when you are able to perform some of the tricks that Pindaloo can provide, and you will need to be of a certain age with a certain physical skill set to be able to do all of the tricks. Otherwise, Pindaloo will feel a bit useless and won’t be used as it was designed to be used.
Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision

For younger children, it may be worth supervising your child when they are using Pindaloo. Because the ball gets thrown out of the tube so fast, your younger child may not be able to catch the ball as fast as needed and there is always the risk of your child getting hit by the ball when it gets thrown from the tube. Your child may also be in an area where there are other objects, and it may be best for you to make sure your child is playing in a safe area where nothing can get broken or damaged by the Pindaloo ball.
Group Play

Group Play

Pindaloo can be played by several people at once. As long as each person has their own tube, you can pass the ball back and forth to each other and catch the ball in your own tube and then when the ball is shot out of the tube the other person has to catch it and vice versa. There are also several tricks that can be performed by using the Pindaloo and groups can have competitions with each other to see who can do the most tricks and who can keep catching the ball the longest. These competitions can last hours making playing together and working together to catch the ball fun and entertaining.
Environmental Friendliness

Environmental Friendliness

A fact about Pindaloo that makes it popular with some is that the toy is made entirely of recycled materials. The toy is 100% recycled plastic and the plastic comes from plastic materials that are durable and can give the toy a long lifespan.
Physical Development

Physical Development

What parents love the most about Pindaloo is that it is not an electronic toy that causes a child to sit around and watch videos or play games via a tablet or smartphone. Many children immediately go for their electronics when they want to be entertained, and Pindaloo is a nice alternative to electronics. With Pindaloo your child can be active and can run and play outdoors or indoors and be completely unplugged from the digital world.

When this happens, your child will be able to play and run around with others developing and building on their social skills, which will help them in school and throughout life. By playing on a team or with others, your child will also be able to learn how to play fair and be a part of a group. A lot of these kinds of social skills have a hard time developing when your child is on a screen playing by themselves. Pindaloo is a great way to get your child up and active.
The Tricks

The Tricks

There are several tricks that can be done with Pindaloo. As long as you get the ball into the tube, which is the most important part of the toy, you can do several things with this toy. Many people like to throw the ball around their back or over their head and catch the ball in the tube, but remember that the ball will be thrown from the tube rather quickly, so you must be prepared to perform another trick. Another popular trick is bouncing the ball off of your knee and catching it in the tube or bouncing the ball off of your elbow and catching it in the tube.

If you own more than one Pindaloo, you can connect the tubes together to make a longer tube that is great for doing more advanced tricks. You can also keep the tubes separated and shoot one ball out of one tube and catch it in another tube over and over again. The more you or your child practice the tricks will only improve on your motor skills and coordination skills, which are what make Pindaloo such a great toy because the makers of the toy have managed to provide a way to build skills through play.
Price

Price

Pindaloo is a very inexpensive toy and can fit into the budget of any parent. For the amount of skill-building that comes with playing with a toy like Pindaloo, the price is very low. Pindaloo also has the potential to give your child hours of enjoyment and learning and social-skill building that is essential for healthy growth, and you can have it all for a low, affordable price. Because Pindaloo is made out of durable, recycled materials, the lifespan of the toy is long and you will get more than your money’s worth on this toy that will help your child fine-tune their physical skills without them having to be attached to a screen, tablet, or smartphone.

Portability

Another great perk to Pindaloo is that it is so small and so light that it can be brought virtually anywhere. With the caps on the tube, you can keep the ball safe in the tube and bring Pindaloo with you wherever you are heading whether it’s the beach or the park or a neighbor’s or family member’s house, and your child can use Pindaloo wherever there is enough space for them to play and toss the ball around with their friends and relatives. Pindaloo can also be used indoors and outdoors making it even more of a fun toy to have on the go while you are traveling.

Conclusion

Pindaloo is a very simple toy that has very complex benefits. The toy is simply a tube and a ball, and the purpose of the toy is to catch the ball over and over again in the tube. What you can gain from such a simple tube is what makes Pindaloo such a great buy. The repetition of catching the ball over and over again develops your child’s most important physical skills.

Your child will fine tune their hand-eye coordination making it easier for them to excel as sports and other physical activities. Your child will enhance their fine motor skills making them more in sync with their bodies and how their bodies work. Your child will not be sitting on the couch watching a screen and will, therefore, be able to work out and run and play freely without distraction, and the constant movement that is required of the game will also help your child learn how to balance themselves and use their bodies wisely when performing a physical act.

Finally, your child will be able to interact with other children and family members when they play Pindaloo with others in trick performing competitions and tossing the ball back and forth as they play. With so many benefits and a very low price, Pindaloo should be considered by all parents who want to find and buy a toy that offers both physical and mental stimulation to a child who is growing and developing through play.
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