April showers bring May Flowers, but what do May Flowers bring? Outdoor toys for us to review of course! Yeah, I know “Pilgrims” is the more traditional answer to that riddle, but with the long hard winter we have had in the Northeast, we are excited to finally get outside and have some fun…even if we are not Pilgrims.
Djubi – Is It Really The Ultimate Game of Catch
In our recent visit to Toy Fair 2011 we saw a quick demo of a game called Djubi (pronounced “Joo Bee”) . The company referred to Djubi as the “ultimate game of catch”, but we would not be convinced until we had a chance to play with Djubi in a real world setting. Well, the clouds have finally parted and here is our video of Djubi in action –
Hook It, Launch It, Catch It
As you can see in the video, Djubi consists of two parts. First you have a racquet with a deep net and a launch hook on top. The second part is the ball with a rubber band like loop on top of it – this is called the Djubi. Playing is as easy as hooking the djubi on the racquet, pull back and launch it. The other player then tries to catch it with his racquet (a set comes with 2 racquets and 2 djubi balls).
The Djubi Can Really Fly!
It can be hard to judge the distance from the video, but the djubi (joo-bee) can really fly. The package claims the djubi can fly over 100 feet and our testing confirmed this claim. Playing is really a fun and fast paced game. The fact that kids can launch the djubi over 100 feet, which is farther than they can could throw a ball, makes it a great outdoor toy that gets kids running and active – and most importantly for us parents… tired!
Djubi Really Does Put a New Twist on the Game of Catch
Dave Yearick, the creator of Djubi states “Djubi was created out of my desire to have my son play catch with me in the yard …as he thought a traditional ball and glove was too boring, I wondered, how can I make the “game of catch” cooler?” By making a ball that can be shoot 100 feet, with good accuracy – he clearly succeeded in making catch more cool.
While we did not have a chance to test it, the djubi also floats, so it would probably make a great game to play at the beach or in a pool. I could see teenagers coming up with a pool game where one player launches the djubi over the pool and another player jumps and tries to catch it before splashing into the pool.
Conclusion: Djubi – Outdoor Toy That Will Get Kids Moving
All the kids who tried the djubi has a great time with it. It is recommended for ages 8 and up and this seems like the right age range. Younger kids will have trouble pulling back the djubi and launching it. We did have an elastic loop on a djubi snap – when a grown up pulled it back too far. The good news is you get 2 djubi balls in a set and you can also buy additional djubi balls.
Overall, we found the Djubi a great outdoor toy and were impressed with the range and accuracy. If you have kids, ages 8 and up, who are looking for more excitement than traditional catch brings, then Djubi is an excellent choice.
Djubi (joo-bee) Catch Game Gets 4 D’s (scale of 1 to 5) -
Any Product That Receives 4 or 5 D’s is Dad Does Approved!
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Djubi – The Ultimate Game of Catch , sells for about prices start at $25.
FULL DISCLOSURE: We received a Djubi set to review. We received no money for doing this review and receive nothing if you do decide to buy Djubi. If a Djubi league pops up and your daughter becomes a Djubi star, please send us box seats to one of her games. This is a real review, by a real Dad (and his kids)!
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