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This looks like it could be fun/dangerous. It might be fun to set them up in a big field and let the kids roll wild. Maybe get access to a dead mall and roll away. Kid hamster ball soccer anyone?

Have you ever seen these things in the wild? Do you have pictures? What is the process for getting the kids into and out of the ball? How would you make the ball? Join us in the comments and contribute your photos and video to the MAKE Flickr pool.

42 thoughts on “Floating hamster balls for kids

  1. I want to make one for my cat.

    Also, the prices for a human hamster ball are ridiculous. Come on, 900 bucks?! And that’s for a cheap one.

    I’d rather make one. Is it possible to do it out of plastic?

  2. So this is what China is doing for population control now.

    Also, “fundangerous” is a nice neologism.

  3. Hammacher-Schlemmer has been selling these for some years, and I’ve always wanted one for my grandkids to play in – they’d love it. Unfortunately they are a little pricey.

  4. As the inventor of the zorb I can tell you that a single skinned ball (although fairly easy to make) is not so much fun to use … it’s kind of ok initially and novel … but the hassle of deflating it, getting in and inflating it and sealing it and then running around with no fresh air as the ball gets wet and slippery with condensation is a major pain.

    If anyone is interested in zorbing with OGO (the new company that we are using to developing zorbing throughout the world) – check us out at:

    They’re not cheap enough for you to seriously consider purchasing one privately though sorry – we really only sell them to people for commercial applications.

  5. I always wanted to run down a hill in one of these but I guess there are smarter and safer things to do. What is missing so far is a giant Hamsterkäfig (cage) for all the human hamsters to run around in.

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