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To wish adults wouldn't throw balls up the slide at soft play?

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YesIamYourSisterInLaw Wed 20-Mar-13 18:00:01

Because I can't explain to my toddler why its ok for them to do it and not him. Obviously as adults we are able to comprehend not throwing them when someone is coming down the slide etc but young children do not have that logical thought yet.
Why do it? you pains in the ass

aldiwhore Wed 20-Mar-13 18:02:00

If it's in the toddler area YANBU.

UnChartered Wed 20-Mar-13 18:03:07

because it's fun and interacting with the children?

ChocsAwayInMyGob Wed 20-Mar-13 18:05:27

I throw them up the slide so my son can roll them down again.

I don't do it if others are on the slide.


fluckered Wed 20-Mar-13 18:07:43

unless balls in soft play areas are now concrete with nails sticking out of them yabu.

thebody Wed 20-Mar-13 18:15:04

They are soft balls so what does it matter.

Let your dc throw them. Unless he's on course for a fast bowler for England then he isn't really going to mortally wound anyone.

Catchingmockingbirds Wed 20-Mar-13 18:16:44


Tailtwister Wed 20-Mar-13 18:17:15

Slide etiquette is an important thing to learn imo. If you treat it as a toy to throw things up (or encourage them to climb up from the bottom) sooner or later they'll end up with a foot in the face from a child sliding down. Best to teach it early on imo.


Wishiwasanheiress Wed 20-Mar-13 18:17:26

No but my 2yr old doesn't want one in the face from ur child when u stop and they don't. And vice versa obvs. Agree with op. YANBU.

claraschu Wed 20-Mar-13 18:17:35

Agree with thebody. Let him throw balls (within reason); they don't hurt anyone.

catgirl1976 Wed 20-Mar-13 18:21:59

My 15mo DS climbs up from the bottom

He enjoys it

If someone is coming down I stop him

If he gets a foot in the face at some point, meh - lesson learned

It's softplay. It's pretty padded and soft. Throwing balls will not cause wounding

Rhubarbgarden Wed 20-Mar-13 18:26:57

Yanbu. It might sound petty, but trying to explain to a toddler why throwing balls is ok at soft play but throwing rocks in the garden is not ok is not easy.

Goodwordguide Wed 20-Mar-13 18:35:05

But surely throwing a soft ball is ok and throwing rocks is not and that's something children need to learn very early on?

zippey Wed 20-Mar-13 18:38:55

I love throwing balls up slides. It's soft play, the clue is in the name. Play means having fun.

dzidzia Wed 20-Mar-13 18:44:10

It may be soft and padded, but my Dd came back with huge bruise on her cheek. I agree OP slide is for sliding down

SolomanDaisy Wed 20-Mar-13 18:44:16

What, the soft balls from the ball pool? Half the fun is throwing them. Children need to learn what and when it's ok to throw. Ball pool balls at soft play are fine for throwing.

Neighbourhoodwatchbitch Wed 20-Mar-13 18:56:01

Lol... Were you at Zoomania in Aylesbury today?

Looks guilty

JollyYellowGiant Wed 20-Mar-13 19:01:55

Slides are for sliding down. DS was taught early on that this is the case. He still can't work out why some other children are allowed to climb up. I don't understand why you wouldn't teach your child appropriate behaviour from the start.

He is also not allowed to throw balls, anywhere, because although it is fun for a 13month old to throw things around, by the time they get bigger they could hurt someone. Again, DS was taught this from the start.

We have had free entry to a local soft play (3 min drive away) since DS was 11 months so have visited most weeks when the place is quiet.

JollyYellowGiant Wed 20-Mar-13 19:03:12

Sorry, should clarify, he can throw balls at home or in the football area of soft play, just not in the toddler area or around the slides.

hazeyjane Wed 20-Mar-13 19:05:34

Do you mean the soft squooshy slides? Like big wedges of cheese? They have this sort at our local softplay and ds climbs up it, and rolls balls down it, because he does this when he uses the nursery soft play for physio. I wouldn't let him do it if there were other children on it though.

catgirl1976 Wed 20-Mar-13 19:10:47

Umm..........slides, and other bits of play equipment are for playing on

There isn't a set of rules on how play equipment should be used. Children need to explore, use imagination and learn what they can and can't to via trial and error.

Parents need to supervise to ensure safety and fair play (eg "No you cannot climb the slide now as this little girl is having her turn" or "you cannot throw rocks, they are hard and will hurt people") but not stop them exploring or trying things out.

drjohnsonscat Wed 20-Mar-13 19:12:33

My children are allowed to climb up slides. Because its a play area and as long as they are not being dangerous it's all fine. They are also allowed to just twirl round on the swing instead of swinging on it and may try to climb up the fireman's pole instead of down it. There are no regulations on this beyond common sense unless I have missed the latest edict from Ofplay - the govt playground regulator.

quesadilla Wed 20-Mar-13 19:15:25

I can't see the problem, myself, unless your child is doing it in an aggressive way.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Wed 20-Mar-13 19:18:49

slide etiquette grin That one will tickle me all night long.

YesIamYourSisterInLaw Wed 20-Mar-13 19:30:12

Yes it's in the toddler area and yes the balls are soft ish but there not made of sponge and still hurt when throw in another child's face. Plus it's not always just toddlers in the toddler area.
To me it just mixed messages, yes you can throw it now but not in 2 seconds no thats not ok.
No not squishy slides they are actual slides just smaller for toddlers.
Neighbourhood no your safe it wasn't you grin

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