Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 6: Play Areas/Playgrounds and Transportation

6.2 Play Area/Playground Equipment

6.2.4 Specific Play Equipment Ball Pits

Children should be prohibited from playing in ball pits.
Ball pits are hard to sanitize and disinfect (1). Supervision is difficult to monitor. Children can bury themselves making it possible for others to jump on them and cause injury (2).
Although not common in child care facilities, caregivers/teachers should take caution in not allowing play in ball pits when using public play areas.
Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
  1. Davis, S. G., A. M. Corbitt, V. M. Everton, C. A. Grano, P. A. Kiefner, A. S. Wilson, M. Gray. 1999. Are ball pits the playground for potentially harmful bacteria? Pediatric Nursing 25:151-55.
  2. Fiocchi, A., P. Restani, C. Ballabio, G. R. Bouygue, A. Serra, M. Travaini, L. Terracciano. 2001. Severe anaphylaxis induced by latex as a contaminant of plastic balls in play pits. J Allergy Clin Immunol 108:298-300.