Most parents are looking to find more ways to keep their children busy, which is why there are so many outdoor toys, swings, garden games, sandpits, lawn games and garden playhouses you can buy to occupy them. Bringing you one step closer to a playground solution that doesn’t compromise the natural beauty of your garden.
Finding swings, outdoor playsets and slides
If you can prise their paws away from their games console, keep your children active and smiling as they bounce, slide and swing in your garden – leaving you to enjoy a little time to yourself with a book or a long awaited drink. A little reprieve and a happy child is not the only benefit to buying a trampoline, playset or swing. According to BUPA, over 42 million children under five around the world are classed as overweight or obese. So, building an outdoor playground could be just the thing to get their little legs moving.
Outdoor toys and garden games that keep them busy!
If the trampoline has had enough and your swing has swung too many times, you could also invest in a range of garden toys and outdoor games that your family can turn to in the summer holidays. Swingball, sandpits, sand and water tables or lawn games such as croquet, boules or giant Jenga, could all help to put an extra spring in their step and for a special occasion we’re sure a bouncy castle hire wouldn’t go amiss!
Garden storage boxes to help keep your garden tidy
All of that fun is bound to cause a mess, which is why we have tracked down a range of garden storage boxes and storage solutions that could help you keep things in order. Whether you are after plastic storage boxes with lids or a simple toy box, there are plenty of storage ideas to help you pack away the garden toys, games and play equipment.
You can also take a look at the range of garden sheds
, giving you even more space to hide away any unwanted garden clutter that only comes out when the sun is shining.
Maintaining your playground equipment
Make sure that you check your garden play equipment at least once a year to ensure it is still safe for your children. Pay particular attention to any wooden playground structures, such as a treehouses or garden playhouses, which have a tendency to warp depending on weather conditions.
You should also be mindful of any loose supports, anchors, bolts and screws – tightening them accordingly over time. We would also recommend that you re-seal, stain and paint your outdoor play equipment each year to further prevent any weather damage and maintain its appeal.
Garden toys and play equipment safety
While you can’t wrap them in cotton wool, there are several steps that you can take to reduce the risk of injury while your children are playing with outdoor toys, play equipment, swings, roundabouts and slides. Here is a basic playground safety checklist:
- Avoid risk of entrapment in openings that should be less than 3.5 inches & larger than 9 inches
- Look out for any hooks that could catch on to your child's clothing
- Smooth over or cover any exposed parts that could cause injury
- Watch out for pinch or crush risks on any moving parts
- Make sure that any elevated surfaces have support rails if required
- Look for play equipment that has rounded edges
- Be mindful of the weather and watch out for rusting or corrosion
- Anchor any outdoor toys sturdily into the ground so that they don’t topple over
- Monkey bars should have a reachable landing points and be kept away from any swings
- Opt for play equipment that is plastic rather than metal to avoid any heat retention
Luckily, outdoor toys sold in the UK are expected to follow the industry standard guidelines of safety from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), so outdoor play equipment is likely to be safe if you buy it from a reputable RoSPA approved supplier.