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  • How to Make Your Backyard Sensory Heaven for Children

    It is important for children to develop and experience all their senses early on in life. It is also important for children to play outside and engage in physical activity. So why not kill two birds with one stone by integrating outdoor and sensory play activities? We have three fun and exciting features you can add to your backyard which allows children to get the most out of playing outside.

    Rope and Bucket Pulley

    Children love the feeling of accomplishment. The rope and pulley system is the perfect way for them to express this feeling. Children also get to work on their gross motor skills by filling the bucket, raising it up, dropping it down, and getting to empty its contents. This fun addition adds repetitive entertainment to your backyard and keeps children occupied for hours.

    To create a rope and bucket pulley, you simply tie a rope to the handle of the bucket and possibly tie a few knots on the end of the rope for children to grab ahold of. Once the knots are tied, find an open spot on the beam where the swings are. Then throw the rope over the beam which holds the swings. Pull the excess cord until the bucket can sit flat on the ground. Make sure you have some fun things to fill the bucket with! Foam building blocks or a cut up pool noodle work great.

    Tire Swing

    Break up the action on your play set by adding a tire swing into the mix. Tire swings are a great way for children to experience a different kind of swinging. Tire swings allow kids to sit high, hold tight, and pump their legs a little harder to get the tire swing in motion. These actions allow children’s gross motor skills to take flight by strengthening their little muscles and allowing them to have a lot of fun at the same time.

    Attaching a tire swing to your play set is made simple with our three chain tire swing. Our chains are coated in soft plastisol, which prevent fingers from being hurt and the chains from rusting. If you choose to build your own, make sure you purchase the correct hardware to go with your recycled tire.

    Tightrope

    There are many muscles that get strengthened by a tightrope. Tightropes are a great way for children to strengthen their arms and legs, practice their balance, strengthen their core, enhance their climbing skills, and coordination.

    To create a tightrope in your backyard, locate two trees that are six feet or more apart from each other and are suitable for a tightrope. You can also make your own anchors by installing wooden poles in your backyard. Take one piece of rope and wrap it around the one tree trunk or pole multiple times just a few inches off the ground. Tie a knot and repeat on the other end. Make sure there is no slack in the rope as you tie it. Repeat the same steps with the second pieces of rope. Space the second piece a few feet above the bottom rope keeping tiny people in mind. This second rope will provide upper body support for the children as they balance and maneuver across their new contraption.

    This fall is a great time to give children the experience of strengthening their gross motor skills with these play set additions. Keep them entertained and engaged in outdoor play for hours with the pulley, tire swing, and tight rope. For more tips on how to make your swing set more appealing, visit our blog discussing the types of swings to add to your swing set!

  • Replacing a Swing Set Canopy

    Is your wooden playset in need of a little TLC? One of the easiest things you can do, aside from staining or sealing the set, is to install a replacement swing set canopy. Read on to learn more about the signs that your swing set tent top is ready to be replaced, the timing for when it’s best to replace it, and how to properly install a swing set canopy.

    Signs Your Swing Set Canopy is Ready to be Replaced

    The signs that your set is due for a new canopy can be quite obvious, as the signs are all visual. Make it a point to look at your canopy every few months for signs of wear, which can be identified as any fraying, tearing of the fabric, or significant color fade. These types of wear and tear could compromise the shade and protection the swing set canopy is providing for your children as they play on their jungle gym.

    Swing set canopy tent tops may need replacing from time to time, depending on what the item is made of and what the weather is like near your home. We recommend that when you are looking to replace the tent top that you choose a heavy-duty vinyl canopy.

    When to Replace Your Canopy

    Even though we are heading into the cooler months, you can still replace your swing set canopy now, or weather-permitting, at any time of the year. With that said, we would suggest replacing the canopy at the beginning of Spring so that you can get optimal use out of your new canopy. The Winter months can be tough on the canopy - with the rain, snow, and sleet. Children also are not as likely to enjoy the play set during Winter and this will prevent you from reaping the full benefit of having the new canopy set up at this time. Regardless of when you replace your canopy, your swing set will look spruced up for any neighborhood hang outs or visits from friends and family.

    How to Replace Your Tent Canopy

    Once you've decided it's time to replace your swing set canopy, it's time to measure for a replacement. The easiest method is to simply remove the canopy from the playset, lay it on the ground and measure the length and width. If you have already removed the canopy and do not have it available for measuring, you can use the frame of the swing set to get your measurements. For step-by-step instructions, view our instructional video below.

     

    No matter which method you use to determine the length and width of your tent top canopy, be sure to order a replacement that's within about three inches of your measurements. If it's a little short, simply mount the canopy on top of the frame. If it's a little long, wrap it around the frame. It is completely okay to wrap the canopy around the wooden frame. We actually wrap the canopy around the wooden frame for all of our wooden swing sets because it provides additional reinforcement to the top.

    We hope this information and instructional video was helpful to you as you revamp your children’s swing set for the season. Good luck, and feel free to contact us with any questions!

     

  • 10 Safety Tips for a Wood Swing Set

    There's nothing better than watching the little ones laugh and play on the backyard playset. And knowing your wood swing set is sturdy and secure simply adds to this satisfaction! Here are the top 10 safety features every backyard swing set should have.

    1. Sanded wood with rounded edges

    To avoid splinters and other minor injuries, your swing set should be free of any rough surfaces. A good way to ensure this is to purchase a playset with wood that's already sanded and rounded on the edges. This way, maintaining the smooth surface will be relatively easy in the years to come.

    2.Recessed, tightened hardware

    All of our wood swing sets feature recessed hardware, a standard set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS). We know how important it is to eliminate anything that your child's clothing could catch on. At Eastern Jungle Gym, we highly recommend you make sure the swing set you buy has recessed hardware. If you've already purchased a swing set that has protruding hardware, consider replacing the hardware, or simply remind the kids to not wear loose or baggy clothing. Also, be mindful to perform annual checks on the swing set to make sure the bolts are tightened properly.

    3. Bolts, not nails or staples

    Your wood swing set should have only bolts to connect the pieces and parts together. Zero nails or staples should be used to construct your swing set. Nails and staples are simply too weak and they also stick out from the wood, creating a safety hazard for the children playing on it.

    4. In-tact accessories and activity areas

    If your swing set has been in use for several seasons, it is a good idea to check and make sure the accessories are intact. Look for pulls or tears in the canopy tent top, make sure any playground rope is in good condition, refill the sandbox if necessary, check the wood for additional sanding, etc.

    5. A soft surface

    The surface on which a swing set sits is oftentimes an afterthought for shoppers, who assume grass is good enough. The best option is a rubber mulch surface. Rubber mulch has a terrific ability to absorb shock, whereas over time, grass loses its ability to do so.

    6. Proper handles

    Anytime your child is climbing, he or she needs somewhere safe to grip. That's why we install grab handles at the tops of our ladders and rock walls. This way the youngster has a place to grab when he or she enters the clubhouse. If your swing set didn't come with this feature, grab handles may be purchased online. We also recommend larger grab handles to run along the side of the stairs. They're very easy to install, too!

    7. Enclosed clubhouse

    The clubhouse of your wood swing set should have walls wherever there is a no activity area. A safety rail is necessary for spaces where there is a slide, ramp or ladder that meets the deck of the clubhouse. The wall should have rungs that are about an inch to an inch-and-a-half apart.

    8. Separate the monkey bars and swings

    The CPCS and the American Society for Testing and Materials recommend monkey bars that do not have swings attached. When you are purchasing your swing set, make sure the monkey bars are separated away from the swings. A good example to display this is our Dreamscape 3 Outdoor Swing Set.

    9. Slides with high sides

    Your wood swing set should have a slide that features high side rails to ensure that the child is secure as he or she slides down. Super scoop slides are perfect for smaller children because of their high sides.

    10. Check the open spaces

    Measure any open spaces the playset may have. Make sure open spaces on the swing set are either smaller than 3 1/2 inches or larger than 9 inches to be certain a young child cannot fit his or her head through.

    It is important to be aware of these 10 points when purchasing a swing set for your child. After your purchase, continue to keep these tips in mind as you maintain your swing set and replace or add on accessories. If you have any questions about this article, give us a call!

  • Swings for Your Backyard Swing Set

    Whether you’re dreaming up a terrific DIY swing set to build for the little ones or you’re simply looking to surprise the kids with a new accessory for their jungle gym, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different swings and accessories available. We have outlined the details of the different types of swings you can add to your swing set.

    High Back Full Bucket Swing 

    The high back full bucket swing is your child’s first swing. Designed to securely and safely hold an infant, this swing encloses the child 360-degrees and provides plenty of back support. You will get many years out of this swing, as it is suitable for infants and toddlers. We recommend children from 6 months to about 4 years old use this swing, depending on the size of the child.

    High Back Half Bucket Swing with Chain

    The half bucket swing with chain is a great transitional swing for your kids. It offers the same support of the full bucket swing in terms of a high back, but this time with a safety chain in front. This safety chain helps children get the feel of a real swing, while providing an added safety precaution. The recommended age range for this swing is about 2 to 6 years old.

    Sling Swing 

    The classic sling swing is what you and the kids see most often on your trips to the public park. A sturdy, high quality sling swing can support children and even most adults.

    Horse Glider Swing

    Unlike the swings described so far, which accommodate a single child at a time, the horse glider swing is designed for two. The kids sit back-to-back on the seat. There are handle bars for holding on and spaces for the children to place their feet. The kids love that the horse glider allows them to rock back and forth with a friend. With this swing, we suggest children be no younger than 2 years of age. The weight limit is typically about 200 pounds.

    Tire Swing

    The tire swing is always a hit with the kids. It can accommodate anywhere from one to three children, and is usually made with a rubber tire that has three or four chains attached. The tire swing will allow the children to swing around 360-degrees, so it requires a bit more space than any of the other swings listed here. The tire swing is a great activity for kids ages 2 and up.

    Three chain tire swing A three-chain tire swing makes a great addition to any backyard playground.

    Gym Ring/Trapeze Bar Combination Swing

    The gym ring/trapeze bar combo allows a child to swing and hang, and maybe even flip or perform a chin up. It’s constructed of a trapeze bar—ideally made of steel and coated in a soft plastic—with a grab handle on each side. The grab handles and the bar are attached to chains, which attach to a swing beam. Kids who use this swing can be anywhere from 3 years of age to 15.

    Swing Safety, Information, and DIY Details

    For maximum safety, we recommend that all plastic swings be made of a durable polymer plastic. All swings should include triangle hardware and S-hooks that attach to the seats. To ensure the safety of your little ones, we recommend heavy duty straight-coil chains with a soft coating (we always prefer you to use chains over rope). Look for swing chains that are coated in plastisol for a soft grip which will protect tiny fingers from getting pinched. These little extras can add up, but quality accessories are worth the investment.

    Don’t forget to take additional hardware into account. The first three swings mentioned in this piece would attach to a swing beam with ductile swing hangers and mountain clips. Whereas the tire swing uses a special swivel and the horse glider uses specific brackets. More often than not this type of hardware is not included with the swing. That will add to the price of the swing. The cost of the swings described here typically range from about $35 to about $120.

    No matter what type of swings you have in mind for your backyard play set, it is always a good idea to do your homework. Do consider what the product is made of, as it should be rust resistant and UV-protected. Also read up on reviews left by other customers. Remember, not all swings are made equal. Pay close attention to what type of chains or rope are used, how long they are, and how they are connected.

    Lastly, keep in mind that the ages we have listed here serve as a general guide. Some form of adult supervision is always recommended. If you are looking for more information on swings, watch our video to learn about the three swings for a wooden swing set.

  • What to Look for When Buying a Swing Set Online

    Purchasing a swing set takes time and research to make sure you are selecting the right model for your family. If you’re shopping for wooden playground sets online, you’ll want to be confident you know what you’re getting before clicking the “Check Out" button. To help make your online shopping experience a success, we’re sharing our industry expertise on playsets and backyard playgrounds.

    Evaluate Your Property Before Choosing a Playground Set

    Before comparing specific playset models, be sure to evaluate your property and determine the type of swing set it can safely accommodate. Items to consider include:

    1. How much space do I need for the swing set?

    - Keep in mind the proper safety zone precautions: we recommend at least 6 ft. of open space around the entire swing set

    2. What is the safest surface for underneath the swing set?

    - Rubber mulch is the safest surface option for underneath swing sets. Unlike wood mulch, rubber mulch lasts a lifetime. It has great drainage, does not attract insects and only require a 3” depth. Wooden mulch requires twice the depth and needs to be replaced annually.

    3. How big of a playground set do I need for my child?

    - The amount of space you have in your backyard will help you figure out how large of a set you need. Determine what activities are most important. Monkey bars, for example, are a play set add-on that will require additional space.

    - Also, having an idea of the number of children that are going to be playing on the set will help you determine a play set size. A standard swing set – that includes one clubhouse, three swings and a slide – can generally accommodate 2 to 4 children, ages 2 to 12. If you are looking to provide a play area for more children you can consider adding an extra clubhouse or an additional slide.

    - The age range of children playing on the swing set will also help you to determine the ideal size of your play set. Play decks and swing beam heights can vary to accommodate younger and older children, as can clubhouse sizes and inside standing height. If you are looking to play on the swing set with your children consider a model that is constructed for adults and kids, and allows for a taller tent top or wood roof so you won’t struggle to stand up inside the clubhouse.

    4. Do I want a metal, vinyl or wood swing set?

    - If wood, what type of wood is the best option?

    - Cedar or redwood is proven to be highly durable, yet cost effective and is naturally resistant to rot and insect damage.

    After answering these questions, it is safe to begin looking around on the Internet at the different brands and swing set product offerings.

    Investigate the Playset Details

    Once you’ve identified a few swing set options that seem to fit your family’s needs, it’s time to give your potential purchase a deeper look. Here is a list of things to consider as you decide which playset to buy online.

    1. Take a closer look at the photos and videos found on the website

    2. Search around for any reviews of the swing set or the swing set manufacturer

    - Brand YouTube Channels - product unboxing or set up videos

    - Tour around any social pages the brand may have (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and search for comments or reviews the manufacturer may have.

    - Look at the “About Us” section on the company’s website to learn more about their brand.

    3. Read the fine print of the seller’s company policy

    - What is the return policy?

    - What are the manufacturer/retailer warranty terms and conditions?

    Playset Concerns and Future Maintenance

    1. Examine safety features of the swing set

    - Double check to make sure the hardware is recessed. Exposed hardware causes potential dangers for the children playing on the swing set.

    - Be sure the hardware is heavy-duty to prevent easy wear.

    - Check the description mentions there are rounded corners and no sharp edges.

    - Make sure the wood comes pre-sanded and stained on all six sides to prevent future splintering.

    2. Check out any installation videos the company has available to assist you in the swing set assembly process.

    3. In regards to the long-term aspects of your swing set, are you able to substitute any of the pieces when your child is older?

    - Does the swing set you are interested in allow you to switch out the original slide with a more advanced slide?

    - Is it possible to change out a regular swing for a tire swing later on?

    - Can you add additional activities to make the play set more challenging and fun?

    4. Is there future maintenance to consider, such as hardware replacement, sanding, staining, etc.?

    For additional tips on finding the right playground set for your back yard, check out our swing set buying guide. If you have any questions as you begin your research, please contact our Customer Service team. We’d love to hear from you!

  • Swing Set Safety & Maintenance Reminders

    The great weather we have been having is a pleasant reminder that spring will be here soon, which means now is the time to start sprucing up your swing set! This is also the perfect time for a refresher on swing set safety, so you and your family may have a fun and memorable play season.

    Wooden Swing Set Maintenance

    As the snow melts away and the temperatures rise, we recommend giving your playset a thorough once-over. Take your wrench outside and inspect bolts to be sure they don't need tightening. Check for rough spots on the swing set, especially on edges and corners, which may need sanding. Lastly, make sure all accessories are in good condition and not in need of replacing. This applies to everything from swings and clubhouse toys, like the steering wheel, to monkey bars and more. If you do find that some of the accessories need to be replaced, consider gifting them to your child for a birthday or Easter present.

    If you own a wooden swing set, it is important to keep it maintained. Pick a weekend to stain or seal the unit before spring is in full swing. Remember that you will need to let the stain or sealant dry for at least 24 hours, so make sure to get this out of the way early. That way, the kids won't miss a day of fun! We recommend staining or sealing annually in order to keep your swing set looking brand new.

    Wooden swing sets maintenance, swing set safety Wooden swing sets, like this Fantasy Tree House, are a perfect example of a swing set that should be stained or sealed annually.

    A way to help preserve your swing set from the harsh elements of the winter season is with a canopy or tent top over the clubhouse. These tops provide great assistance in protecting the wood for the long-term. With a canopy or tent top, the stain also stays maintained for longer.

    Another aspect to consider while revamping your children’s swing set for the spring is to inspect the rubber mulch play area. We recommend periodically raking up excess mulch around outer edges. In some high traffic areas, consider supplementing with an additional bag or two.

    The last step in making your swing set feel just like new is a quick cleaning of the plastic surfaces. Use a mixture of soap and water to remove any dirt that built up over the winter from the slide, swings, toys and other activities.

    Wooden Swing Set Safety

    Before the kids jump back on the jungle gym, give them a quick refresher of swing set safety tips. Remind them what type of clothing is appropriate. Keeping the kids aware of the proper play attire will help prevent their clothes from catching on any of the playset’s hardware if it is not recessed. This applies not just to the backyard, but also public settings, such as the school playground. We recommended bundling up and dressing for comfort. Some of our favorite suggestions include:

    • Wearing socks and sneakers
    • Avoiding clothing with strings, hoods, or scarves
    • Wearing fitted clothing that is not too baggy

    Now is also a great time to review any rules that you may have for your swing set. Having a set of rules for your children or visitors helps keep everyone safe during playtime. It is important to keep in mind that playing on a wet swing set may be hazardous depending on the material the swing set is made of. Use caution when holding playtime after any winter weather or rain. We recommend encouraging children to follow rules such as:

    • No climbing up the slide
    • No jumping off of the swing in mid air
    • No climbing on top of the monkey bars
    • No pushing others down the slide
    • No rough housing

    While you are outside performing any maintenance inspect the area around your swing set to make sure there are no fallen leaves or broken branches that may still be lingering around from fall. This will help to create an open play area for your little ones.

    While this may sound like a long list of things to do to prep for another season of fun, most of it can be done within a day. Make this a yearly ritual and take the opportunity to spend time together as a family while preparing your swing set for the upcoming season. We hope you and the little ones have a great spring, filled with lots of time outside. If you would like to read more about keeping your swing set safe, visit 10 Tips to Make Sure Your Wooden Swing Set is Safe. Share your questions on swing set safety and maintenance in the comments section below!

  • The Best Age to Get the Kids a Swing Set

    If you’re in the market for a backyard swing set, you’re likely considering a wide range of factors. Size, price and material are just a few of the decisions you're making. One of the most common questions we hear is, “How old should my kids be for a swing set?” This is often followed by another question, “How long will my kids use their swing set?” Usually, parents ask these questions as they weigh the cost of a playset.

    Toddlers to Teens

    The good news is that moms and dads are often pleasantly surprised to hear our answers. Swing sets may be purchased for children as young as toddlers, and used for more than a decade, as the kids enter adolescence. Of course, this isn’t the case with all playsets – only the larger ones, which are typically made of wood.

    Now, you may be thinking that a larger swing set is too big for young children. That’s simply not the case. The little ones have a ball zipping down the slide with mom or dad’s help. They also enjoy swinging in the bucket swing, which can be swapped out for a traditional sling swing as the kids get older. The little ones can play in the clubhouse too, as long as they have adult supervision. Some jungle gyms even allow for a sandbox or picnic table – both perfect for small children. The idea is to purchase a swing set with some activities for the child to enjoy now, and a number of other activities for them to grow into.

    As your kids get older, you’ll find that they use the swing set as more of a "hang out" place. This is always a welcomed development for parents, as preteens seek outdoor time with friends in their very own backyard. It’s hard to think of a safer place for the kids to gather after school!

    Making the Most of Your Swing Set

    To ensure that your wooden swing set gets many years of use, we recommend adding on to it ever few years. Many families start with a base model and opt for a new activity for a birthday or Christmas gift. Monkey bars are a popular add-on because they are a hit with a wide range of ages. Another idea is to upgrade, rather than add on, perhaps from a 10-foot wave slide to a 12-foot scoop slide. Smaller updates can include additions to the clubhouse, such as this convenient accessory pack.

    The bottom line is that investing in a larger, high quality wooden swing set is a smart move when it comes to outdoor entertainment for the kids. A few minor upgrades along the way will keep the kids excited, while mom and dad rest assured knowing their money went to a product that created years and years of childhood memories.

  • How to Preserve Your Playground Set

    How to Perform Maintenance on and Preserve Your Playground Set

    These days a playground set is a big investment and like any other, it pays to protect it. Preserving your wooden swing set through the years doesn't have to be a labor- or time-intensive project. In fact, it's really a simple task. Owners who are willing to set aside one weekend each year to perform maintenance and upkeep will be able to retain their swing set's beauty for a long time to come.

    Staining and Sealing

    Staining or sealing is one the most important components of preserving your backyard playground. To protect the unit from the elements, we recommend you stain or seal annually. Of course, you may find that it is beneficial to stain or seal more or less often, depending on the climate and weather of your location.

    The first step in staining or sealing your set is cleaning it. We like the idea of using plain old soap and water here. A power washing is of great assistance for this step. Next, removing accessories and toys, and let the swing set dry. Ideally, the cleaning could be done on a Friday night, or early Saturday. Then, on Sunday, you can finish the process: sand rough patches and apply the stain or sealer. It is important to wait another 24 hours for the stain or sealer to dry. A more detailed list of step-by-step instructions is available here.

    Hardware Checks

    When it comes to checking the hardware on your children's playground set, there's simply no such thing as too often. At least once a year, or even once a season, inspect the bolts and tighten as necessary. This doesn't take much in the way of time or resources -- all you need is a wrench and an hour's time!

    Replacements and Cleaning

    Another way to keep the playground set looking brand new is regular cleaning. An annual wipe down of swings and toys should be sufficient. Replacements should be much more sporadic. For example, if you live in the Northeast and the past few winters have been particularly tough, a tent top canopy may need replacing after three or so years. The same goes for a sling swing. Eventually, after a number of years, it may be time to make a small investment in a new swing. This is also an opportunity to upgrade the playground set, and incorporate a horse glider swing for two or gym-ring trapeze bar combo as a new activity.

    Commitment is Key

    Mom or dad, or both, should be able to accomplish all of the recommendations provided here in a day or two. We recommend marking a weekend on the calendar in advance so you don't forget about the upkeep of your playground set. Even if it's six months away, you'll give yourself a reminder. Once you've done the staining, tightening and cleaning for that year, skip ahead 12 months and schedule the next maintenance day. We encourage you to get the whole family involved. After all, having a playground set is all about creating childhood memories. Why not making this a teaching moment for the little ones?

  • Giving the Gift of a Swing Set

    Ways to Give Your Child the Gift of a Swing Set

    Children love to unleash their imagination and enjoy playtime with a swing set! Giving the gift of a playset is a wonderful way to encourage physical activity for children. Plus, swing sets are a gift that never goes out of style, especially in comparison to other toys! Children can use them to play with family and friends for many years to come. 

    1. Giving the Gift of a Swing Set for Birthdays

    There are a variety of ways swing sets can be presented as a birthday gift for your child. One of the ways to approach giving this gift is by presenting your child with a playset prior to their birthday and hosting a birthday party around the playset so they are able to use the toy immediately.

    Depending on the price of the set, and the budget for your child’s gift, this toy could be presented as a birthday present for the next two or three years. Or, if your children's birthdays are in the same season, you could give the playset as a combined gift.

    2. Surprising Children with a Swing Set from Santa for Christmas

    We also love the idea of presenting the swing set as a Christmas gift. Incorporate the holidays into your gift giving by presenting this toy as a special present from Santa. This will make your child’s holiday extra special! Simply have the kids bundle up and head outside instead of down to the Christmas tree. Just be sure to keep the kids away from the backyard the week prior! We recommend planning alternative activities -- such as cookie baking and ornament-making -- for that week.

    3. Rewarding Positive Behavior During the School Year with a Swing Set

    If your child had a particularly difficult year with school or achieved a goal or new academic milestone, consider presenting them with a swing set to reward their hard work! Giving this gift to your child during the end of the year is ideal as they will be able to play with friends and enjoy this playset in the outdoors all summer long! Another option is to present the gift as a motivator. For example, if you give the kids a swing set part way through the year, you can use it for daily positive reinforcement. Playing on the swing set could be a daily reward for completing homework or other assignments.

    The Bottom Line

    The swing set is a present you can continuing adding to by gifting your child with new accessories for future birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations. From adding a new clubhouse toy to upgrading a swing, there are plenty of ways to update a playset

    Do you have a unique story about how you gave the gift of a swing set to your child? Post a comment or photo on our Facebook page to share your experience!

  • Ways to Encourage Playtime on the Swing Set

    Ways to Encourage Children to Play Outside on the Backyard Swing Set

    A backyard swing set is a must-have for most families these days. The kids have a safe place where they can get active and have fun day after day. Mom and dad have the security of knowing the kids are just outside the kitchen window. And of course, the opportunities for new and exciting play are nothing short of abundant. The playset is the type of investment that pays for itself -- and then some -- in the long-run.

    Still, the day might come when it's difficult to tear the kids away from the video games or tablet. If that's the case, we have a few suggestions that will help you get the little ones to return to regular play on their beloved backyard swing set.

    • Encourage swing set playtime with a friend. This can include spontaneous evening get-togethers, scheduled playtime during the weekends, and more.
    • Encourage your children to play on the swing set with you. This is a great parent-child activity that presents an opportunity for both you and your child to get physical activity.
    • Encourage outdoor activity as a time away from devices and homework, and a time that can be used to focus on relaxing.
    • Incorporate a playtime activity into each season. For example, in the fall season you can incorporate playtime into your child’s other favorite activities such as raking, playing in a pile of leaves, enjoying a cup of warm apple cider, etc.
    • Use the outdoor swing set as the main attraction for your next gathering. Whether you're hosting a Halloween party, birthday bash, or a spring or summer barbecue, the playset is the perfect place for a group of kids to play. Plus, depending on the occasion, you can add decorations to the swing set to make your backyard a bit more festive.
    • Make swing set personalization an ongoing process. This means allowing the kids to add their own creative touches to the clubhouse, playhouse and/or tree house. Think stickers, a nearby flower garden, toy dishes for the built-in picnic table, and more.

    Playing on the backyard swing set doesn't have to be predictable. With these tips, you'll be able to nudge the children to spend even more time outside, without them knowing it!

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