Whether you have one child or many, you need to ask yourself WHO you are intending your new swing set for. Do you buy a set for the current age of your child or one that will suit him later on in life? If you have more than one child, do you just go for the median age of the lot or cater to one rather than the other?
Pretty confusing, huh? Fortunately for you, this article will give parents a good idea of the best swing set configurations for kids of multiple ages. This way you can cater to all of your children and make sure that your kids won’t outgrow their beautiful wooden swing set in just a few years.
The Best Configuration of All
No surprise, the key here is diversity. Since you want everyone to enjoy their time on the jungle gym, your ideal swing set will have various elements that will gratify each of your children’s needs, regardless of age. This can be done by adding age-appropriate swing set accessories, as well as through varying the structure of the playset itself.
Let’s take a look at a few elements that will ensure multi-age success.
A Toddler Swing
The good news is it really doesn’t take much to keep younger kids entertained. For really small children, a toddler swing will work magic, providing all the fun your little one needs. And when your toddler grows out of this style swing, you can easily swap it out for another model that is older-kid-friendly.
In terms of mid to older aged children, multiple levels will give you the most bang for your buck, covering a wide range of ages, sizes, and personalities. Big kids can play higher up and the little kids can enjoy things from a lower, safer height.
While getting a set with multiple deck heights is one way to accomplish this division, it’s certainly not the only way. If the wooden swing set has accessories that are on the ground, this will be the perfect way to entertain smaller children who cannot climb greater heights just yet.
A playset that has ample room to play beneath an elevated deck or clubhouse, a bridge positioned low enough, a chalkboard mounted to a lower wall, a comfortable hammock, or benches that are on the ground will keep the younger ones safely having fun while the older kids can enjoy the elevated heights of the taller fort deck, slides, and swings.
Max Capacity Check
When it comes to swings, make sure you are buying a quality playset because this will ensure that your swing set will accommodate your kids as they get older as well. Cheaper swings won’t be able to support the weight of bigger kids, significantly limiting which children will be suitable for playset play or how long they will be able to enjoy this delightful backyard playground.
Entertaining Swing Set Accessories
A lot of playsets will come with small accessories. These are fun and will get played with for a little while, but they aren’t going to keep active children busy for the long haul. If you want to really get kids playing with their outdoor playset, you need to have swing set accessories that fit their age requirements. Kids like BIG swing set accessories – fort decks that make them feel like they’re on the top of the world, and slides and swings that allow them to push beyond the limitations of gravity and their own fears. Provide these for the bigger kids so they don’t get bored of their playset when their imaginations and bodies outgrow the basic versions.
Have more questions? Great! Check out our free ebook, The Ultimate Swing Set Guide for Parents, to learn all there is to know about swing sets today.
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