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Posted by TP Toys on 1st September 2014
One of the most exciting things about going away on a child-friendly holiday is seeing what outdoor play facilities the resort has provided. More often than not, there's a huge adventure playground - and the kids are straight on it, where they usually stay for the duration of the trip.
However, we know that lots of you won't have the opportunity to squeeze in a holiday this summer and will instead be opting for the great British staycation - time off spent pottering around the home and garden.
Maybe you've got a new baby and don't think it's feasible to travel with him or her as well as your other children yet, or perhaps you want to redecorate the house and therefore need to stop at home and get it done.
Whichever way, don't feel as though you need to kiss those dreams of adventure playgrounds and thoroughly entertained children goodbye just because you aren't going away - we're here to show you how easy it is to create your very own adventure playground right in your backyard - literally. All you need is a few toys and some sturdy infrastructure to be the envy of the neighbourhood.
There's something magical about a swing, so this is an essential in your new play area. Multiple seats will prevent arguments about whose go it is, so TP Toys' New Forest Double Swing could be an ideal investment for an easy break. Don't forget to place it where they've got plenty of room to zoom high into the sky.
Remember the excitement of having your own 'den' when you were little? It still applies for both boys and girls, so do include a secret clubhouse. You can get them to decorate something like our Kingswood2 Tower or a tent with pictures and 'treasure' once it's up and include games to play inside it - out of the grown-ups' eyes, of course! It'll keep them occupied for hours.
A climbing frame of their very own will not only thrill children, but also aid their balance, strength and agility, so it's a winner for parents too. Monkey bars across a central frame will aid the 'circuit' feel and provide a challenge for older kids, but younger ones can also gain a sense of achievement if they manage even a few rungs - or if Mum and Dad hold them up and provide assistance!
Incidentally, we can cover all of the above bases in one go with our TP Kingswood 2 Tower with Swing Arm and the TP Kingswood 2 Climbing Bridge Set with TP Pirate Boat and Deluxe Swing Seat - it offers the full works and is suitable for children right up to 14 years old.
Things on the ground
Of course, an adventure playground isn't just about the larger equipment. Bits and pieces on the ground will keep them entertained when they want a break from swinging and climbing too. A sandpit always goes down really well with tots, while budding footballers will love target practice on their very own Giant Goal with Trainer.
Tunnels are sure to be popular with boys and girls of all ages - and if the weather permits, you can never go wrong with one of our original Aquaslides. They have a foam-edged reservoir of water at the top so there's no need to connect them to the hose - just place one down and off the children go.
A few of these items will result in hours of fun throughout your staycation - you can even have your children's friends over so you can enjoy a chat with their mums and dads as they play happily together.
And the best part about creating your own adventure playground instead of using a holiday resort's? It's still yours long after summer is over!