A great gift idea for a young child, especially those that like sports, is a basketball goal for toddlers. While there are many basketball hoops available, the best that I have run across is the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set. Little Tikes has been around since 1970 and is well known for producing durable, high quality, and fun children's toys.
It can seem with small kids that between birthdays for your children, birthdays for their friends, and holidays that all we do is buy presents. One of the best thing about the EasyScore Basketball Set is that it is an inexpensive way for your little one to have fun playing basketball for several years.
The Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set was given to my son for his first birthday. It was a hit from the beginning as my son has been a sports lover basically since birth. Fortunately, this basketball hoop was easily assembled, and as soon as the birthday party began to wind down we had this hoop up and ready to go. We set it to the lowest possible height and before long my son was taking the ball and hobbling to the hoop to slam dunk it. Before the basketball goal entered his life he only had a slight interest in walking, but the hoop gave him the encouragement that he needed.
He was able to do this since the minimum height of this basketball goal is 2 1/2 feet, plenty low enough for even the smallest basketball players. The ball that is included is also small enough for little hands to grad hold and flip the ball to the hoop. But as the hoopsters get older, better, or just need a bigger challenge, the goal can be raised to 4 feet tall.
The base of the EasyScore Basketball Set is very wide, and can be filled with water or sand. In fact, the manufacturer suggests that the base be filled with one or the other. However, for indoor use that can get messy, and we do not fill the base at all. So far, we have not had any trouble with this set up. If a child held onto the rim and pulled down I could see the goal tipping over, but it absolutely will not fall down from normal play.
This goal also can easily be transferred outside. With the base filled with water it can be a little heavy, but not so much that you cannot move it. With nice weather and enough room the hoop can make for an enjoyable time out on the driveway, patio, or yard.
But the best thing about the EasyScore Basketball Set to me is the net. I have had experience with several toddler basketball goals, and most have terrible net arrangement. The biggest problem with most is that the net is not big enough for the hoop. For some reason, manufacturers make the net stretch so far that as soon as the ball goes through the hoop is yanked from the rim. The other problem that you can run into with nets is that the holes on the rim are too small for normal, adult fingers to thread the net. With the EasyScore Set these problems have been nonexistent. In the three years that this hoop has been in use in my household, not once has anything touched the net except the basketball.
If you are looking for a great basketball goal for your toddler, I cannot recommend the Little Tikes EasyScore Basketball Set enough. Between the ease of assembly, ease of use, ease of transport, safety, durability, and price, this basketball hoop makes a great gift.