Jumparoo Air Pogo Jumper
My kids were thrilled when they found out we had been chosen to review the Jumparoo Air Pogo Jumper. All three (ages 4, 6, and 14) tried to claim it for their own, but I had to convince them it was something they could share. It didn’t take long before they were begging Dad to open it up and air up the ball for them. Dad was very happy to see that a sturdy air pump with a needle was included. Assembly was simple, but we did find quickly that the amount of air needed was different for each child since their weights were so different. Fortunately, adjusting was very easy also.
The next thing we learned was that sneakers are a must when playing with the Air Pogo Jumper. The platform around the ball has a nubby texture to keep kids from sliding off while trying to jump, so no bare feet or slick shoes. With the weather being a bit cold and rainy here lately, we were happy to read that it can be used indoors or out. Most of our jumping was done in the living room and kitchen.
My 6-year-old was eager to give it the first go. He had a little trouble balancing to get on, but by holding hands with his dad or myself, he could get on and even get it off the ground. This is suggested for ages 6 and up, so he’s right at the bottom of the range. I think another year or so would make a bit of a difference in how he could handle it. He had a lot of fun with it though and tried over and over despite the wobbliness. The 14-year-old was next. She was a little unsure of herself but was bouncing around and laughing within a couple of minutes. The weight rating goes up to 160 pounds, so she was well within the range to play and will probably get the most use out of it. I think if you decide to give it a try on pavement or cement, you might consider a bicycle helmet for younger players. It does take a little getting used to balancing on the ball.
Overall, we were all really happy with the Air Pogo Jumper. I was a little skeptical as to whether any of them would be able to use it after remembering a similar toy from my youth that none of my friends could stand on, let alone bounce on, but I was really pleasantly surprised. I would definitely recommend for older kids, but the starting age of 6 might be just a little low without a parent there to assist.