Hollebol by Tupperware


The Hollebol by Tupperware (or hollow ball) is an educational toy released in the late 70s or early 80s. The exact date and year are still to be determined.

The toy consisted of a hollow sphere with cutouts in the shape of triangles, squares, circles, etc. Together with the ball, came a set of plastic shapes that would fit into the corresponding cutouts on the sphere.

The educational purpose of the toy was to learn children from a young age to recognize shapes and volumes.

The user would take one of the yellow pieces and find the corresponding shape outlined on the sphere, and insert it. All the pieces fit inside the ball

Once all the pieces are inside, they can be retrieved by pulling the two halves of the sphere away from each other using two yellow handles attached to each side of the ball.

The tightness of the pulling action can be adjusted by twisting the two halves like a screw. Lots of shaking were required while keeping the ball open for all the pieces to fall out.

Colors

It was mainly produced in red and blue, with the loose pieces in yellow. Although some were produced in other colors.

Quality

Tupperware used hard plastic for the production of the toy, and the quality was the best as expected from the brand.

The educational value of this toy was noteworthy, and millions were produced and sold in a box with a photo of an infant playing with it.

Packaging

Today

The toy remained in production but is unknown at the time of writing if it is still for sale. Later packaging changed as can be seen in the photo below

Conclusion

Many of us that grew up during the 70s, 80s, and 90s had one of these that kept us busy for hours. Certainly one of the most iconic toys of the era.