I found this pin from Rookie Moms on Pinterest months ago and then forgot about it. Then, today, I took the kids to Target to shop for presents for two birthday parties we're attending this weekend. Large bags of play balls were on clearance for $7.50! They were on an end-cap in the toy section at my local Target. I picked up a bag for us and a bag for our friend turning 1.
As soon as we made it in the door, the kids started begging to play.
I set up the play yard and dumped all 150 balls in there. As an FYI, this ended up being enough for the kids, but I'd imagine you could easily add a second bag unless your kid is really little.
At first, Jo hated the toddler ball pit. I set her inside, and she started crying and stood up for me to pull her out.
Oliver had a great time throwing balls and rolling on them and kicking them!
After nap time, we tried again. First, Jo watched Oliver play. When she seemed comfortable, I stuck her back into the ball pit. Success!
Jo banged balls together, kicked at them, and squealed with joy!
I grabbed a mixing bowl and pitcher and handed them to the kids. They filled them up and poured the balls back out. Oliver even filled the bowl according to color.
This activity was a major success! I have a feeling our ball pit is going to stay set up all weekend.
Pros: Easy to set up, no mess, and tons of fun!
Cons: Possible injury (especially if you have two kids in the pit) and it costs money to do
I give this activity an A-
Here's a video of their toddler ball pit fun: