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Ball Pit Playing

Ball pit playing is a recreational activity in which participants enjoy unstructured play in a pool of plastic balls. The plastic balls are often lightweight and small for easy pickup, though large enough to avoid accidental ingestion by young children, and come in a variety of different (usually bright) coloursy. Ball pits are usually surrounded by a padded surface, and may be enclosed with lightweight mesh fencing. Ball pit playing is a popular form of play for young children.

Is this activity known by any other names?

Ball crawling; Ball pool; Ball pond

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Ball pit playing originated in the United States in 1976, and spread to Canada soon thereafter.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds, the majority of whom are children.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

In the Greater Toronto Area, ball pits are used year-round at various indoor facilities and at occasional summer carnivals and street festivals that offer ball pit playing areas with inflatable bouncy castles.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Ball pit playing is is an unstructured activity.

Cultural Significance


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