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Balls: Still A Great Toy For Kids

Aug 18, 2007
Balls have been around for centuries as a play thing for children. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but balls are played with throughout the world today. Numerous sports require a ball of some type, including football, tennis, soccer, basketball, and many more. A ball is a timeless gift to a child, and it can provide hours of amusement. Not to mention a great way for your child to stay active and fit.

Sports have been around for centuries, and the ball has played an important part of almost every sport in the history of mankind. The fist balls in history were made from rock, and imagine how heavy they were. Ancient Brazilian and Mexican Native Indians were responsible for the first rubber balls in history, and these were made from bands of cloth that were dipped in the resin of certain rubber trees. This gave a new aspect to the ball, and now a ball could actually bounce. This made a whole new entertainment aspect for balls, and they became even more popular as a gift to kids.

Today balls are manufactured out of a variety of materials, depending on what the finished ball will be used for. There are balls made from vinyl, rubber, animal skin, synthetic materials, and various types of plastic. Footballs are made from plastic or real pig skin leather, while basketballs usually have a rubber base to help them bounce some. All kids will enjoy a gift of a ball. It gives the child a way to combat boredom and amuse themselves. Chasing a ball is also a terrific way for your child to get some exercise, and lack of exercise is the most common medical problem in kids today. Why not give your kid a gift that will keep him fit and healthy, instead of a video game system that encourages children to sit down and not move.

Balls can be combined with other sports equipment in a gift to kids to double the fun. Balls may come in combination with baseball bats and gloves, golf clubs and tees, and other equipment. No matter whether the ball is alone or together with other equipment, your child will have hours of fun and enjoyment playing the same way children have played through the centuries. A bouncy ball is a popular favorite gift for kids, as it can be tossed against a building and then caught when it bounces back.
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