Looking for a way to keep the kids occupied this summer? We hear you.
After months of staying at home due to COVID-19, and local lockdowns still occurring throughout the country, you’re bound to be running out of ideas. After all, there’s only so many times you can play hide and seek in the garden or drag out the ‘arts and crafts’ box for an afternoon of mess fun.
So, here’s our suggestion. Why not create your own garden playground?
As part of our ‘Play is Fun!’ collection, we have a wide range of home playground equipment to choose from. All of which is reasonably priced – so there’s no need to worry about breaking the summer holiday budget – and guaranteed to keep the little ones busy until September.
Here we list some of our favourites.
In our opinion, every home playground should start with a rope swing. It’s an absolute classic. Something that both children and adults can enjoy. And if nothing else, it’ll add a cute and playful element to your garden. So, why not take a look through our extensive online collection?
A selection of wood, rubber and plastic swings are available – the most popular being the Pinewood Wooden Swing Sweat. This is priced at just £29.95. Yet, made from treated pinewood and synthetic hemp rope, it’s excellent quality. Simply hang it from a sturdy tree branch or a children’s timber swing set, and it’ll be a source of entertainment (for all the family!) for many years to come.
A traditional rope ladder is another failsafe choice for a backyard playground. To you, it may just seem like a few wooden rungs and some rope. But to a child, it can offer hours of endless fun.
We have various sizes available, all of which come pre-assembled and ready to be installed – meaning zero hassle for you. Either attach the ladder to a tree branch (and let their imagination run wild…) or use it to provide access to a new treehouse or wooden climbing frame.
Admittedly, this is one for those with a big open garden. But if you have space, why not crank up the excitement in your rope playground and treat your little thrill-seekers to a zip wire?
We currently stock a home zip-wire kit, which contains everything you need to get it up-and-running (including detailed fitting instructions). Let them hold on by the handles or add a plastic monkey swing to the design. Either way, they’ll be zipping through the trees until teatime.
Climbing stones are a fantastic addition to any home playground.
All kids love to climb. It’s in their nature. And not only is it a fun and adrenaline-fuelled activity, it can significantly improve their fitness levels and support their learning and development.
Here at Ropes Direct, we currently stock a set of five climbing stones, perfectly sized for tiny humans. Perhaps add them to the side of your house or the back wall? Or maybe they could form part of a bigger climbing frame? They’re really quick and easy to install, supplied with all the necessary cap screws and nuts, and a great way to bring out your child’s adventurous side.
Last but not least, why not incorporate a trapeze bar?
This is something a little different from the traditional swing seat or slide. The kind of thing that can breathe new life into an old climbing frame or turn a boring tree into a fun outdoor activity.
We have a range of acrobatic home playground equipment available. But for the budding gymnasts, we particularly recommend the hardwood trapeze with plastic gym rings. This comes with 12mm synthetic hemp ropes that can be adjusted and extended, making it suitable for a variety of age-groups. Simply hook it up, secure it in place, and the kids will be dangling upside down in no time.
Start your DIY playground today
Garden playground equipment is a worthwhile investment for any parent. Not only will it keep the little ones occupied over the (seemingly never-ending) summer, it encourages them to get out into the fresh air – improving their fitness levels and putting a huge smile on their face.
So, why not give it a go? You could splash out on the full set or just invest in one key piece from the list above. Either way, you’re onto a winner. If you have any questions about the products available, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always on hand and happy to help. Just give us a call on 01692 671721 or send an email to [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.