Swing sets and jungle gyms are commonplace on playgrounds across the world. Kids love to climb, jump, swing, and slide and play on and in the play-sets and castles of parks. With summer in full swing, kids are looking for fun in the sun. Instead of watching T.V. and playing video games all summer, why not put a play set in your own back yard?
A new swing set and jungle gym for the back yard creates opportunity for active family plays right at home. Letting the kids help with the selection increases the excitement and sets the stage for a summer of exercise, even on days when a trip to the park is not in the schedule. With so many distractions caused by technology and so many indicators suggesting that kids don’t get enough physical activity, it has never been more important to encourage active play at home. It is recommended that school age children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
The good news is that the old tube and chain swing sets of yester-year have been replaced by some seriously cool play systems. The ultimate backyard experience can be created for every interest and age level. Play structures can be free-standing and include multiple levels, slides, swings, climbing walls, and themed accessories. Out of the box kits can be assembled by the homeowner or custom units can be designed specifically to meet your family’s needs and space requirements. Structures can be added to existing buildings or even built inside.
The only requirement for having an amazing play structure in the backyard is imagination. Many people choose smaller structures that include a slide and perhaps two swings. In large part, building space will regulate the choice. However, if you have a little more room or an unusual weather situation to contend with, it is worth talking to a specialist. Structures are typically built out of lumber with “plastic” accessories. With some thoughtful design work, almost any size and shape structure can be built and can be positioned to seamlessly flow into the other features of your space. Storage containers, cabin-like buildings, basketball hoops, rope swings, soccer nets, picnic tables, sandboxes and chalkboards are all options.
Unfortunately, statistics suggest that as few as one third of kids actually participate in the recommended minimum physical activity. As the kids look for guidance about their activities this summer, keep in mind the importance of physical play. Going out for a romp on the swing set before dinner or an afternoon game of pirates in the castle does more than just encourage imagination and create family memories. It will actually help everyone be healthier and live longer. If you are looking to buy a swing set in Montreal (or in your city of residence) grab the kids and take a look at some of the amazing play sets that are available from well-stocked suppliers like Play Rainbow. Get ready for a summer of running, leaping and climbing and start thinking of ways to tell the neighbourhood kids that they can’t spend ALL day in your backyard.