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Vehicle Themed Playdate

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kids II. All opinions are 100% mine.

A little over a year ago, I enrolled Owen in Kindermusik class once a week. I already knew one of the other moms in the class, but I also got to meet two other moms with kids around Owen’s age. After that semester of Kindermusik ended, we decided to try to get together at least once a month for a 2-hour playdate. We alternate who hosts the playdate, and whoever hosts usually supplies a snack for the kids, but it usually works out that the rest of us bring something too.

It was my turn to host this month, and Kids II, the maker of Oball products, asked if Owen wanted to try out their new Go Grippers Collection. We’re big Oball fans so I gladly agreed and decided to step up my game with a vehicle themed playdate.


The kids enjoyed playing with all the toys, which are available at Toys R Us. A couple of them were most captivated with the Oball Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway. The giant claw was their favorite thing about the toy. It was also a great way to practice taking turns, which can be quite difficult at this egocentric age. And I’ll add that I put the toy together, by myself, in about 10 minutes.

Owen was really interested in the dump truck and loader because he’s crazy about trucks right now.


I made two different types of cars. One was made with apples slices with grape ‘wheels’ attached with toothpick. And the other was made with bananas, Teddy Grahams, and mini pretzels, with toothpicks used to attach the grape ‘wheels’.

I also set out some cinnamon apple cookies. Two of the other moms brought the candy corn and peanuts mix and donut holes. As I write this, I realize I had hummus and carrots but forgot to put them out. #PlaydateHostoftheYear


Aren’t these so cute? Although this guy in front is obviously at a stoplight because he doesn’t even appear to be reaching for the pretzel steering wheel.


Since I used toothpicks to keep the grapes/wheels on the bananas and apples, there needed to be some parental assistance when it came time to eat.


Needless to say, they were a hit.


Owen was in his own little world loading and unloading the cars from the car carrier. He loved opening the side door, loading the cars onto the truck, driving it around for a little bit, unloading the cars, and then repeating that process over and over again.


The patented design of the Oball toys makes them easy to grip for little hands.


I can always tell it was a good playdate when Owen naps like a champ, and he slept for a solid 3 hours that afternoon.

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  1. Rachel Zimmerman says:

    Any of the trucks!

  2. Sara Warfel says:

    My 2 and half year old son would be all about the car carrier with the speedway as a very close runner up! What fun toys!

  3. Emily Horsley says:

    The dump truck and loader are precious! Perfect for my little boy. I love how bulky the vehicles are–they won’t disappear under my couch like matchbox cars tend to do!

  4. Lisa Morgan says:

    It would be difficult for me to choose only one because my 3 year old would like all of them!! Lol. One of his favorite things to do is play in the backyard with his construction trucks in the dirt.

  5. My 1.5 year old son would love the dump truck just like Owen. He’s all about the cars and trucks these days 🙂 thanks for the opportunity!

  6. The Bounce and Zoom speedway looks like so much fun.

  7. My little guy would love that car carrier. He’s just getting into pushing cars on the floor. Amazing what their young little minds figure out!!

  8. christine says:

    My son would love any of these, but I think the car carrier would be a huge hit!

  9. We love o-ball and have been getting into cars and trucks lately! I think my son would love the car carrier.

  10. Cristina T says:

    I think my son would love the car carrier! But really anything truck or car related would be a huge hit!

  11. My little nephew would love that bounce and zoom speedway!

  12. Rachel J. says:

    My little man would LOVE the car carrier! Ever since he’s been little Oball toys have been among his faves!

  13. My son would love the bounce and zoom speedway. The claw would be used a lot. He had several Oball toys when he younger and we loved the quality.

    Your edible cars are so cute! I am going to make some for a future play date. Thanks for an easy snack idea.

  14. Laurie Marcey says:

    My niece would love the ramp toy!

  15. Christy Teherani says:

    My son would love that car!

  16. Brittany B. says:

    My son would be all about the ramp! We love OBall toys around here and had no idea about these new ones. Thanks for sharing!

  17. The Bounce and Zoom Speedway! It would be a hit with both my girls!

  18. Claire H. says:

    My little guy would be all about that dump truck for sure- his favorite! Cute snack ideas!

  19. Love, love, love the car carrier. But then again – they all look like FUN!

  20. I saw the Bounce and Zoom Soeedway and immediately knew my daughter would love it! All of these toys will be make great additions to her holiday wish list–thanks!

  21. Definitely the dump truck…such cute toys!

  22. My son would love the car carrier!

  23. The dump truck for sure!

  24. My little one would love the car carrier!

  25. Angela Ingles says:

    My two year old would love all the toys, but especially the Speedway I think with all the loops and claw feature. By the way – those bear car snacks are so adorable! I’ll have to make them soon.

  26. My little OWEN would LOVE the Dump truck or car carrier

  27. The speedway looks awesome!

    1. Just caught that I used the wrong email! Updated it 🙂

  28. Such a cute idea for a play date. My daughter would love the bounce and zoom speedway.

  29. My grandbaby would love the Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway!

  30. I think my 4 year old daughter and 1 year old son would both LOVE the car carrier. What a great collection! This would be so great for a joint Christmas gift!

  31. I think my 19 month old would like the loader the most.

  32. The Bounce N zoom for sure would be a hit at my house!

  33. The Bounce N zoom for sure would be a hit at my house! We LOVE the OBALL toys!

  34. Adorable snacks! Of course, I am all about the food, so…

    Besides being cute, the snacks are based on whole foods; I love when parents start their kids out with great snacks like that 🙂

  35. Michelle Bird says:

    My daughter would love the dump truck!!

  36. Oh man, the bounce and zoom speedway for sure! My son would go crazy for it., ha ha! Thanks for the review, the snack ideas and giveaway!

  37. My son would love the bounce and zoom. I could see him and his cousin (1.5 years older) taking turns with it (a girl can dream!)

  38. My son would love any of it. He is crazy about cars.

  39. Megan Wollmann says:

    My little man would LOOOOOOOVE the Car Carrier! Or the Bounce N Zoom speedway… He’s just started paying more attention to cars, so I’m sure he’d love all of it! lol

  40. Sarah Gillespie says:

    I think my kids would love the car carrier! But really all of the oball toys are great!

  41. Kellie mills says:

    My little man is almost two and is all boy
    He would love the dump truck or loader
    I love oball they make fantastic products that are quality

  42. My 2 yo is really into trucks so that and the loader would be his favorite.

  43. The speedway would be a hit with my 2 year old twins! I always love hearing about O’s favorite toys so we can get great ideas!

  44. The bounce and zoom speedway looks awesome!

  45. Jennifer McAuliffe says:

    My son would love the dumptruck and front end loader! So cute!

  46. My 1 year old Jack would love the loader! He loves all things cars and with wheels, and is learning to put smaller toys in baskets and buckets!

  47. The Bounce and Zoom Speedway would be a hit for my little man. He is all about cars and watching things go zoom!

  48. Katie Watters says:

    I think my daughter would like the go grippers cars or the Oball Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway.

  49. These toys look so engaging! My grandson loves OBALL toys!

  50. Jodi Seybert says:

    My daughter would love the speedway.

  51. How adorable. My daughter would love all of these!

  52. Such a cute idea! We would love more oball toys for Christmas! I also need that racecar shirt your little one is sporting!

  53. Sara kline says:

    My son would love the truck! He loves everything truck or cho cho right now!

  54. Stephanie B. says:

    I had no idea Oball made other toys! My son would love the dump truck, trucks are his thing right now!

  55. Leanette Rios says:

    I have a 2 year old girl that equally loves cars and baby dolls (she steals my heart!)! I think she’d definitely go after the dump truck.

  56. The Bounce N Zoom would be super fun! I love your snacks. How creative!

  57. Laura Horvath says:

    My son would LOVE the speedway and the claw thing! He’s obsessed with every kind of vehicle.

  58. My son loves his Oball. I didn’t know they made other toys. He’d love the claw.

  59. Dana Taft says:

    I’m not sure how I haven’t seen these before. I’m in love with them all but I think Bowen would really like the dump truck or the car carrier. But he loves things that go fast so the speedway would be fun too. And learning to take turns is always a great lesson to learn early. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed seeing what your son likes to play with so your blog is going to become a daily read. Thanks!

  60. Charity Corbitt says:

    My 2 year old would love that speedway! I’m so glad I found this posting. I hadn’t seen this collection. Love it all!

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