Kids are full of energy and sometimes it can be hard finding the right outlet for them to release it. While the TV or games console may be fun and perfect for rainy days, it's important that play involves physical activity and time out of the house. Outdoor play sets may be just what you need to get your kids moving away from the couch, beyond the walls of your home, and into your backyard.
At Big W, we have a range of outdoor play sets that can keep your kids active for hours on end. When buying outdoor play equipment, it is important to first consider:
Some play equipment may not be suitable if your backyard is not big enough to contain it, or may be a potential hazard if your child is too young. Remember that young children in particular will need careful supervision.
Sand pits come in different shapes and sizes, so it is likely you will be able to find one to fit your backyard. Keep kids amused by putting in some soft play balls or random suitable-sized toys into the sand pit to act as hidden treasures. And then see them get creative with some shovelling action, presenting you with some delicious sand cakes, brownies or towering castles! And of course if the sandpit is located in direct sunlight, make sure you keep your kids well hydrated and covered with sunscreen.
Cubby houses are great for encouraging children to participate in creative and role-playing games with young friends. They come in different sizes and materials, such as plastic and wood. Plastic cubby houses are a good option for younger children still wobbly on their feet. Wooden cubby houses are more suitable for older kids. Recommended age ranges are provided by manufacturers. With cubby houses, you will in some instances have the option to purchase add-on features, such as attachable slides and climbing walls.
If you're looking for exciting, calorie-burning play equipment, consider the trampoline! A trampoline is fairly large in size, so it would be ideal to take note of the space it requires.
Remember that what goes up must come down: so care and safety precautions should be taken when using the trampoline. The trampoline should only be used by one person at a time and you should check the advised weight capacity to make sure that it is suitable and safe for potential trampoline users. Round trampolines are designed to bounce the jumper toward the trampoline's centre point. Irrespective of any event or circumstance, children should not be allowed to use the trampoline without adult supervision.
Trampolines feature a safe, soft buffer-zone landing area, and a safety net around the trampoline can reduce risk. It is also important to carefully choose the location of the trampoline using guidelines such as those provided by Product Safety Australia.
Like trampolines, inflatable bouncers are great for incorporating an element of fun into your child's life. Check the manufacturer's guideline for a better idea of a bouncer's suitability in terms of age range, total weight and maximum capacity, remembering that this guideline can be affected by the weight and the size of your child as well.
The Blow Up Climb and Slide Bouncer Castle is suitable for kids between the ages of three and ten, and can withstand the weight of up to five children at once, making it the perfect toy for a larger family or great for when the kids have friends over. Make sure children are under full supervision when playing on the bouncer. Most inflatable bouncers available at Big W include a slide and come with an air blower, stakes, a carry bag and repair kit.
Slides and swing sets can turn your backyard into full blown playground. At Big W, we have a range of options to choose from to suit both older and younger children. Double or triple swing sets and seat gliders are perfect for older kids, while tot swings with soft-feel ropes are suitable for younger, smaller children.
Play centres are a combination of swing sets and slides. They are often featured with a climbing wall and sand pit. When setting up swings, slides, play centres or other outdoor sets, ensure that they are securely anchored to the ground.
Big W has a great range of outdoor play and activity equipment available online and provides a delivery service for most of these items. If you prefer to have a look at the equipment in person, simply visit your local Big W today.
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