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Outdoor Swings For Growing Children

May 20, 2008
When you think of children's toys it is easy to imagine the fairly small collection of characters and gadgets lined up along the shelves in various toy shops and department stores. However, toys can be significantly larger, and in particular, those toys which can be used in the garden. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden or other outdoor space, then you may have considered the idea of purchasing some outdoor equipment for your child to play with. Playing inside is all very well, but children should be encouraged to get outdoors to play for several reasons.

First of all, they are likely to be at less risk, or pose a reduced risk themselves, to items, ornaments and other paraphernalia around the house; secondly, they are likely to have a greater space to run around in, and help burn off more energy, and of course, being outside is a great benefit to them, as the fresh air and sunshine will do them a very good deal of good health wise. We all need sunshine and fresh air, and it is not simply some myth that they us good - sunshine helps promote the body's ability to use vitamin B, and the fresh air will be of much greater benefit than the dusty, air conditioned and sterile air contained within a building.

Some of the most popular outdoor toys include swings and climbing frames. Swings can be available in a range of sizes, from those almost akin to the type available in community playgrounds, right down tot hose miniature safety swings for small toddlers and even babies. Some manufacturers have also developed outdoor swings which adapt and develop with a growing child, with legs that can be extended to increase the height of the frame, rope that can be extended to lower or heighten the seat, and interchangeable seats that adapt from the safety seats necessary for small babies, to the normal standard seats suitable for older children. Although this type of swing is more expensive, because it adapts to your growing child is process quite a good value for money over the long term.

If you are planning on purchasing and installing a swing for home use, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind to ensure that it is safe for your child. The first thing to bear in mind is if course the amount of space required. The frames are fairly larger, and with adaptable frames, these are likely to widen as well as heighten. Similarly, the length of swing that will be required will also increase, and a child moving backwards and forwards will cover a significant arc. Things to bear in mind are walls, branches and any other obstacle which could either scratch of collide with the child, or become entangled in the rope or joints.

Also, bear in mind that the base of the swing will need to be attached to the ground in a secure way. If sitting on grass, make sure that you can lay posts deep into the ground that are unlikely to loosen and come free. Although a better base can be achieved on concrete, this of course provides a less safe surface to land on should the child fall off.
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