Made of a synthetic stuffing-like material, these fluffy balls feel remarkably similar to real snowballs, but without the numbing cold.
Their texture is difficult to describe. Soft like a ball of cotton stuffing, but also squishy like a foam stress ball. There is a slight crunch that is both felt and heard when they are squeezed, which is what really cinches the similarity to real snow.
The regular size balls are approximately 3 inches in diameter, and the Mondo Huge Snowballs are about the size of a softball.
Whip these across a room without fear of injury or broken objects. Even when thrown as hard as possible, these don’t hurt when they hit the face and they bounce off vases and televisions. Games can be created, such as earning points by tossing them into containers or having a throwing distance contest.
We hung up small objects (a plastic tree ornament, a comb, a bracelet, and a snack-sized bag of chips) around the office using some twine and had some target practice.
These really are designed for indoor use, and they are very prone to picking up debris and dirt, so be wary of that if an outdoor game seems impossible to resist.
Users have been downright gleeful over this toy. A hit at many a sleepover and family gathering, these have been praised by both children and adults. Used in classrooms and homes, these are a great choice for days where the weather prevents playing outside.
We found the texture to be incredibly satisfying, with a crunch familiar to anyone who’s played in real snow. Made of polyester stuffing, they can’t really pack down as tightly as snow, but they are still dense enough to be thrown in a mostly straight line from several yards away.
Imagine a very densely packed ball of cotton wool. The fibers are visible, and it can be squeezed and shaped a little bit, but mostly, it’s a dense ball of fluff. They’re very soft, safe for faces and vases, even when thrown hard.
A pack of 40 seems to be fine for even larger groups, such as office parties. So long as there is no one trying to hoard them, the snowballs just fly back and forth so there’s always one nearby.
We’ve decided to give a high Social score to this toy. While it doesn’t require more than two people to enjoy them, most users will agree that onlookers have a hard time not jumping in and tossing a few.
These will collect hair and debris from the ground. Due to the materials the snowballs are made from, small bits of dirt, dust, and certainly pet hair will invariably get stuck in them. For those who are grossed out by this thought, we highly suggest not looking too closely at them during play. It’s virtually impossible to get all the little specks of dirt out once they’ve gotten inside, and looking at them will only bring about feelings of defeat.
Machine washable, we did notice that once washed, they lose their crunch. Putting them through just the dryer without getting them wet will let them maintain their crunchiness, while also refreshing their fluffiness. They are able to be machine washed (even in a top loading washer) without being put inside a delicates bag or pillowcase, though feel free to use one if for nothing else than peace of mind.
After multiple heavy uses, the snowballs may begin to split or crack open. There’s nothing inside them to leak out as they are not stuffed balls, but instead, balls of stuffing. They may not go quite as far or as straight as they did before, but they aren’t broken or anywhere near unusable.
- Machine wash on gentle, and dry on No Heat cycle or lay out on a towel
- Wipe off with a damp cloth
Parts and Pieces
Accessories are available, such as the inflatable shield and ice fort.
This review is for the regular size snowballs, but the Mondo Huge Snowballs are also available.
Dogs who enjoy eating stuffed animals will likely find these tasty, too, so be mindful of pet habits before giving these as a gift.