We were delayed while putting new boards on the backside of the swing set when a lady learning to ride her motorcycle decided to drive straight through the fence in our front yard and crashed in our lawn. She was ok, albeit shaken up and it only delayed us about an hour. Our fence still needs to be fixed - I'm not bitter, I swear.
There were two "open" spaces on the swing set for accessories so I looked around for fun but safe things a three year old could do. We landed on trapeze handles and a Sorbus Spinner Swing. This swing has been life changing! My Mom actually purchased one to hang from a tree at her house. We went with the 24" colorful model and while it's cute, the colors have definitely faded from the sun already. It has not affected the quality or durability of the swing so I'm not super worried but if you're looking to have a super "clean" look - you might want to opt for the all black version. Again, I price shopped and found the cheapest option was on Amazon. I purchased this swing: https://amzn.to/2SChZxg
You can see the fading that has occurred only 2 months into it's life span at our house but I'm not that concerned. My parent's decided to order the swivel snap since they put theirs in a tree so their swing actually spins, ours only goes front to back like a traditional swing. Henley's new favorite move is to kneel, then stand, then lay down all while it's swinging. I die every time. Max weight on this swing according to the manufacturer is 220lbs and they make a larger size for adults or multiple kids to sit on. If only we hadn't cut down our tree to make room for the swing set.
We also added some standard handles for climbing purposes and a pirate ship steering wheel that has gotten more use then I anticipated. https://amzn.to/2ywRikx
The last touch I threw at this project was an indoor-outdoor mat for the top of the platform so when she scooted from the climbing wall to the slide, she avoided the possibility of splinters. In total, we have a days worth of time and about $95 into this project for a savings of close to $1400.
Last night while Kevin was mowing the lawn, someone stopped and asked to take a photo so they could show their wife - I was flattered.
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