Soft foam balls for ammo
Easy to use
Fair price tag
Safe for kids to use
Challenging to clean
Limited number of balls
For obvious reasons, giving your child a slingshot may make you more than slightly nervous. However, some modern models claim to have eliminated any safety concerns with designs that won’t shoot someone’s eye out. One such updated version, the Foam Strike Slingshot, includes four foam balls that the company says are safe for both indoor and outdoor use—and, of course, tons of fun.
Could it be true? A safe, yet entertaining slingshot? We got our hands on the Foam Strike Slingshot to see for ourselves. Find out if the popular toy passed our test for performance, safety, entertainment, and more.
Design: Familiar design and easy to use
The Foam Strike Slingshot looks like the old-school toy from your childhood, except its included ammo (foam balls) is loaded into the frame instead of a sling, and a snap of the “foam hammer” sends them flying. We found that the patent-pending design was easy enough for our 7-year-old son to handle and allowed him to launch a long-distance shot of up to 60 feet! Plus, the bright color of the balls makes them easy to find after they soar across the room or yard, which saved us from scouring the ground on our hands and knees.
In the age of video games, it’s great to be able to find a toy that doesn’t require any charging or batteries, yet still gets children genuinely excited.
The only downside? The slingshot comes with just four balls, which might not be enough for particularly zealous children. However, parents can order replacement balls online for additional fun. Just make sure you get the right size—1.5-inches in diameter.
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Entertainment Value: Delivers the “wow!” factor
In the age of video games, it’s great to be able to find a toy that doesn’t require any charging or batteries, yet still gets kids genuinely excited. And that excitement won’t wear off, either. We found that there are so many ways to play with this slingshot: Children can challenge themselves to blast the balls farther each time, create a little competition between friends to see who can hit the most targets, or up the ante in a game of tag. We can see it being especially popular among active boys and girls.
We found the patent-pending design was easy for our 7-year-old son to handle and allowed him to launch a long-distance shot of up to 60 feet!
Age Range: Six and up
Just as the manufacturer recommends, this toy is best for kids ages 6 and up, and not just because the small parts present a choking hazard for children under 3. While it’s easy to load the foam balls into the slingshot, it requires a bit of coordination and may get frustrating for children under 6. Younger kids also may not understand that they shouldn’t blast the balls in close proximity. While the balls are soft, they still shouldn’t be shot at others from a close distance—especially not at Mom!
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Ease of Cleaning: Might not wear well
Here’s where things get a bit sticky (pun intended). The Foam Strike Slingshot will likely get pretty dirty as time goes on, especially if you use it frequently. The foam handle feels nice on little palms, but we found it hard to wipe clean. Likewise, the texture on the balls will get grimy for the same reason. While this may be a defect with the set we received, we also noticed that one of the balls came with dents in it, so this could be an issue with the other balls going forward. Still, this drawback isn’t a deal breaker, because the toy’s strengths in other categories more than compensate for it.
Price: Good value
At around $12, this toy is definitely affordable. The slingshot is similarly priced—and in some cases, less expensive—than its competitors, which hover around $20. Overall, we think it’s well worth the cost, especially considering the ease of mind you’ll gain from the safety features.
Competition: Easier to use than other options
There are plenty of comparable kids’ slingshots out there, from classic, carved wooden ones to more high-tech options including the Nerf N-Strike Elite SlingStrike Slingshot and the Koosh Angry Birds Jedi Slingshot. However, we found the Foam Strike Slingshot to be the easiest and safest set-up for kids on the market.
A great toy.
Like the beloved launchers of yesteryear, this slingshot is sure to supply endless hours of fun—but it’s actually safe and easy for your kids to use. Although its ease of cleaning and limited accessories are concerns, the product’s attributes (practical design, budget-friendly price point, and more) make this model a worthy buy.
- Product Name Foam Strike Slingshot
- Product Brand Monkey Business Sports
- Price $11.99
- Weight 4 oz.
- Product Dimensions 6.5 x 1.5 x 8 in.
- Model Number 8388 I/O 1710AM
- Manufacturer Recommended Age Range 6+
- What’s Included One slingshot and four balls