LET’S GET PHYSICAL
When it comes to active backyards, it’s hard to look past the traditional climbing frames, swing sets and trampolines.
But simply placing them in your yard will not mean the children will automatically play on them.
Many is the frustrated parent who has lamented the cost of a new trampoline or swing set only to have it sit in the garden collecting cobwebs.
Penny says placing these structures in the yard is one thing, but inspiring your children to play with them is another.
“It doesn’t cost anything to have an imagination,” Penny says.
“My girls literally spend hours on the trampoline but they don’t just jump on it, they use it for all sorts of things.
“Sometimes they’ll just lie on it and stare at the clouds, other times they will take out a cordless speaker and make up dances on it. It’s great for dancing on because it lets them spin, twirl and somersault without hurting themselves.”
However, Penny says there is one small catch with this versatile piece of equipment.
“They love it so much I have to call them in when it gets dark.”
Plum Play Australia aims to add to the outdoor play experience with a range of modern and sturdy trampolines, climbing frames and swing sets that encourage balance, co-ordination and strength.
Their swing range can also be customised to fit different sized yards and their range extends to sandpits and role-play toys such as kitchens, tool benches and doll houses.
But if your budget is minimal, Steve says there’s plenty in nature that will provide opportunity for kids to get active. A tree with wooden steps nailed into it can be the perfect climbing frame and an old tyre tied to a high branch can become the perfect swing.
“It saves money and it is more responsible to use what you have on hand and in the natural environment,” he says.
A woodland tree house from Plum Play Australia offers climbing, sliding and water play.