DIY ball pit using products from Kmart and Bunnings

This clever ball pit design is from blogger boymamarussell and will be a much less germy option for families with the ...
This clever ball pit design is from blogger boymamarussell and will be a much less germy option for families with the space, who are willing and able to put one together. Photo: boymamarussell

Kids love ball pits, but let's face it, they can present more than a few concerns for parents.

Play centre ball pits have long been places of sheer dread for parents who lose their kids in a sea of plastic, brightly-coloured balls, along with the risks of accidents, both physical and the toileting kind.

Why not skip the hygiene issues at the play centre completely by making one for your kids at home?

If you have the space and the inclination, there's a handy, ready-to-go tutorial by blogger boymamarussell that WA mum Torii Drew and partner Ian successfully replicated below, posting the results on Kmart Mums Australia.

She says the ball pit cost her around $200, and that the pipes and netting were bought at Bunnings, with the 13 pool noodles, slippery slide and balls purchased at Kmart.

Torii also mentions that she used Kmart foam matting for the flooring.

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Photo: Torii Drew - used with permission
 
Fellow Kmart mums were impressed with the results, asking questions about quantities and sourcing the elements of the ball pit. All the hard work is done for you if you use boymamarussell's design below. Use this handy converter for measurements in metric.
 
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Photo: boymamarussell - used with permission
 
You can also turn it into a cubby by flipping it, when the whole ball pit thing gets a little passé.
 
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Photo: boymamarussell - used with permission
 
Those who don't want to expend that much energy and money, or don't have the space in their homes, can opt for this ready-made $10 Kmart ball pit, which includes balls.
 
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Photo: Kmart