The Bungee Bouncer
“The bungee bouncer from Bright Minds is fun to use indoors and outdoors. And it’s simple to use, meaning it’s great for younger children – my four year old got the hang of it straight away.”
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Initial thoughts: The bungee bouncer from Bright Minds is bright (obviously) but also really fun to use, indoors and outdoors. The children were really excited to try this alternative pogo stick out. When we unpacked the bungee bouncer I was more than happy to find it doesn’t have one of those small, rounded ends that could bodge holes into my flooring. Plus, it seems a lot safer than a traditional pogo stick, making it ideal for younger children, too.
We liked: The bungee bouncer is really really easy to use. It is basically a giant soft foam pad which you stand on and there is a bungee ‘rope’ and handle attached which you hold onto with both hands. Even my 4 year old got the hang of it straight away. No weeks of practice on the drive here. Plus it’s small and light, making it easy to throw in the back of the car so grandma can have a go.
We weren’t keen on: It actually got a bit boring for my 7 year old precisely because it was too easy to pick up. The bungee bouncer is definitely more of a ‘beginner’ pogo stick I would say. And you can’t really bounce very high (and he really really tried). Other than that I can’t really fault it.
Overall: Back in the day, learning to use a pogo stick was all about skinned knees and frustration, with days of practice before you managed half a dozen jumps. But kids these days have it so much easier. The bungee bouncer is much easier to use than a traditional pogo stick and did prove to be lots of fun for both my children. Plus it can be used (supervised) indoors – bonus! Maybe a tad on the expensive side for what it is, but if it gets your children outdoors and bouncing then it could be worth the investment. Just don’t expect too much of a challenge.
[Tara, Sticky Fingers]