Remember being little and bouncing around on hoppers? I do! Peyton had not experienced or seen such a thing until tonight. We had two different hoppers to try out. One was geared towards children 3-6 (the green one) and the other one is for adults (the purple one). Now, I cheated and used an electric air pump to fill these with air. I don’t have time to sit there for 10-15 minutes each blowing them up. Not when an electric pump can do it in less that a minute!The process of blowing up the hoppers reminds me of inflating a stability ball. Lots and lots of air and then you have to be really quick on putting the plug in. If you are not fast it’ll deflate and you need to add more air and try again. This is where it’s good to have two people. One person can be ready with the stopper and the other can remove the air pump. I still managed doing it by myself but I had to be quick about it. Peyton is a pretty big 6-year-old. She’s 3’10” so I was not sure if the green one was really going to work for her. She did find it difficult keeping her little tush from falling off. But she still loved it! I can see the green one being the perfect size for my 3-year-old nephew. The purple one was considerably larger than the green one, which is what I expected since it’s for adults. I did try it out but my coordination is not so fabulous so I let Peyton give it a bounce. She loved it! The purple was much easier for her to bounce around on. It was hard getting her to come in after she discovered how much she could bounce around the backyard.
I was a little concerned letting Peyton bounce around the patio, thinking the hopper would pop. But the ball is a thick rubber that seems like it will be durable. I still wouldn’t bounce around sharp objects or prickly bushes. But bouncing on the sidewalk or driveway should be fine.
Waliki makes a large variety of hoppers. Check out their complete collection online.