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Perhaps your backyard features a traditional A-frame swing set with swings and a slide, or an inviting wooden playhouse that beckons imaginative play. These essentials play an important role in our young kids' lives—from the playground to the backyard, our toddlers and preschoolers will spend HOURS playing, swinging, and sliding on those classic playtime structures. Great outdoor play sets offer fun and entertainment, and help children develop balance, coordination, and strength. (Plus, they offer sanity to overworked parents and caretakers, am I right?)
The swing set, or playhouse, is an investment that many parents and/or grandparents purchase to amplify their little ones' backyard play adventures; and we believe investments should last for many years. But as kids get older, it becomes necessary to make the backyard swing set or wooden playhouse more age-appropriate, inviting, exciting, and challenging!
When deciding how to alter your backyard play space, there are 3 questions to keep in mind:
1. Can I add features and accessories to my play structure to make it more appealing to a wide variety of ages?
2. What can I safely modify?
3. Are there additional playthings I can add surrounding my swing set or playhouse that would increase the fun value?
Keep reading for some handy tips on how to upgrade and/or modify your swing set or playhouse without removing or replacing it! (Keep in mind that you should always consult a professional whenever modifying any play structure, and that any add-ons or modifications should always be compatible with your swing set and age-appropriate for the children using it; the following are simply suggestions).
A: Chances are, your traditional swing set consists of 1 or 2 simple swings, a slide, and perhaps a small playhouse for pretend play. And that serves its purpose well for the toddler and preschool years, but if you want to keep the kids scrambling to the backyard when they reach 8, 10, or 12 years old, you'll need to make some adjustments. Here's a few thoughts from the play experts at HearthSong:
Check out our Swing Comparison Guide to help you pick the PERFECT swing for your backyard. Pro tip: always leave at least 8" between swings, and 7" between swings and the support pole, when installing a new swing. And as always, reference your structure's manufacturer for specific information on items that can or cannot be added to or modified.
Q: How can I make my outdoor play space more inclusive for all ages & abilities?
A: Ever heard of glamping? Or the tiny-house trend? You don't need a lot of space to create a unique and awesome play space! A few simple additions can make a huge difference:
(Extra-extra): Get your kids involved—modifying your playset is a great way to get kids involved in using equipment like a drill or saw (of course, as always, adult supervision REQUIRED). Give them specific tasks, and let them feel the pride from helping construct their own space!
Q: I'm not quite ready to modify my playhouse. How else can I amp up the play value of my backyard surrounding it?
A: No worries...if you're not ready to alter your swing set or playhouse, we have a simpler option. Just add a few toys, tools, and accessories nearby—kids of ALL ages will play together!
Let the swing set and playhouse "flipping" begin! Share your upgrades #hearthsong.