Choosing the Right Swing Sets, Playhouses, Playsets and Accessories
Which swing set, playhouse, or playset is right for your backyard depends upon how many kids will be using it, what your safety needs are, and what kinds of equipment your kids prefer. Swing sets can come with a variety of core activities and offer a number of optional accessories to maximize the fun, too. Some of the most popular activities for swing sets are: classic swings, tire swings, disc swings, slides, fireman poles, hanging rings, rope ladders, and tic-tac-toe spinner boards.
Once you've picked out some of the activities you're looking for, it's time to think about some of the other basic swing set questions.
Swing Set Size
Consider the size of your yard. Do you want the swing set to take up the entire yard or only a portion? Be sure to allow plenty of room around the swing set in order to prevent injuries.
Swing Set and Playhouse Materials
Swing sets and playsets may be composed of wood, metal, plastic, or a variety of two or all three. Factors such as your preferred aesthetics and safety needs are important to consider as you select your swing set. For instance, a wooden play set may have a nicer appearance, yet it may also present sharper edges and splinters. Additionally, metal swing sets may be most economical, yet do not always offer the longevity of wooden or plastic sets.
Safety Tips for Playsets and Swing Sets
Playsets and swing sets are a great way to get kids playing actively and safely. However, it’s always important to take kids’ safety into special account. When it comes to outdoor playsets, weather conditions can become an issue. Discuss with your kids how weather can affect their play. Make sure they’re aware to be especially careful after rain or conditions that leave swing and playsets wet and slick. Some surfaces and playset parts begin to harden with lower temperatures, making them more dangerous.
Make sure added protection is given to any danger areas or that use of these parts of swing sets, playsets and accessories are restricted from kids’ use until the weather gets warmer. Look into adding mats that are specially designed for use with play set slides and play sets with monkey bars. Playset mats can provide extra padding and protection from injury during a fall.
Of course, it’s critical that you regularly check the integrity of your swing sets and outdoor playsets. Go through a “test run” on a weekly basis to make sure all playset and swing set equipment is in working order to ensure the safety of your children. The high quality outdoor playsets and play set kits you’ll find on SamsClub.com provide safety and durability, so taking these extra steps will help you make your child’s outdoor play a wonderful experience.