This Q&A is the latest in a blog series featuring questions submitted by some of the parents (and even grandparents) who reach out to us on a daily basis. We've started documenting our answers and the subsequent conversations for the sake of you and other parents out there who might be asking the same questions about choosing, buying, setting up, maintaining, and enjoying a wooden swing set for their family.
For today's Q&A, James Reed, father of 2, would like to know which playset suits a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old.
Question: What playset would you recommend for a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old?
- James Reed, Father of Robbie 10, Gabriella 2
Answer:That’s a wide range to accommodate. Fortunately, our swing sets are built with multiple ages in mind. To get the most out of your wooden playset, I recommend you read our blog post on the best configuration for kids of multiple ages. In the meantime, here are a few guidelines that you can follow if you want to choose the right playset to cater to both of your children, now and in the future.
First, we’ll tackle the little princess.
The good thing is a 2-year-old doesn’t require too much in the way of swing set accessories to keep her happy. She’ll be ecstatic just running around outside while she holds your attention. Purchase a toddler swing that can be attached to any of our wooden swing sets with ease, and she will be happy as a clam. The swing is designed with a sturdy safety belt and is compact enough to store without difficulty. This way if you have another bundle of joy later on, you can easily reattach the toddler swing to provide hours of entertainment for your new baby from around 5 months of age.
Any of the playset structural elements that are based on the ground will also provide ample opportunity for your daughter to shine. She’ll enjoy sitting and coloring beneath the fort deck, playing imagination games as she sits on the low down benches, and exploring the other elements surrounding her.
The 10-year-old, on the other hand, is a bit trickier.
He’s going to need a bit more to keep him entertained. Fortunately all of our playsets come equipped to handle even the choosiest kids. Below are a few that we highly recommend for suitability towards both your children. They afford you plenty of space for your kids to grow, and friends can come and join the fun as well.
Vermont-If your budget is limited but you still want to get a quality swing set that will accommodate all of your children, check out the Vermont. Reasonably priced, solidly constructed, and bursting with fun options like a spacious hammock, 110 ft. wave slide, and trapeze rings, the Vermont has plenty of variety to give kids of every age range something to enjoy. This is also a great model for homes with limited backyard space.
Virginia or Arizona -The Virginia and the Arizona wooden swing set models take a good thing like the Vermont and just expand upon it. These sets offer more swing set accessories like a rock climbing wall and more swings, and bigger play areas so more kids can have a blast on their backyard playground equipment.
Nevada, California or Texas -If money permits, then go for the more expansive models. These will provide the most entertainment for your children, allow even more friends to come and join the excitement, and give you the most flexibility and options. We recommend going with a set like the Nevada, California, or Texas. Remember, this is an investment that will pay for itself hundreds of times over the next 20 years.
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