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5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Swing Set

tips for selecting the perfect swing set

The sun is shining and the grass is lush and green. Do you know what that means? Spring is finally here and summer is on its way! Toddlers and preschoolers love spending time outside when the weather is nice, so why not give them an incredible outdoor toy? Step2 offers a variety of outdoor play product including swing sets. Choosing a swing set can be a difficult choice, so we’ve developed some tips to help make your decision easier. Here are five tips for selecting the perfect swing set:

  1. Material: Swing sets are made out of different types of materials depending on the manufacturer. Most swing sets are made of wood (redwood, red cedar, yellow cedar, northern white cedar, pine or pressure treated), metal or plastic. Step2 swing sets are made of durable plastic that won’t splinter or warp. Even though our swing sets are made of plastic, the natural design and colors makes them look like they are made of wood.
  2. Size: It’s important to keep in mind how a swing set will look and fit in your backyard. On each swing set’s product page, we list the dimensions to help you visualize the size of the outdoor toy. It’s also important to keep in mind that you will need a 6.5 foot clearance around the entire swing set when assembling (refer to the assembly instructions for further installation details). This information will also help ensure the swing set will be the perfect fit in your backyard!
  3. Key Features: Ask yourself, what features do you want your kid’s swing set to have?
    • Is it durable and sturdy?
    • What is its lifespan and does it have a warranty?
    • How many kids can play on the swing set?
    • What’s the appropriate age range?
    • Can you attach a toddler swing to the set so your kids can grow into it?
  4. Customer Reviews: Whether you are purchasing a swing set online or checking them out in a store, it’s a good idea to see what other people have said about the outdoor toy you’re interested in. Check out the pros and cons in the reviews and also look at how many customers have reviewed the product.
  5. Color scheme: Like we said before, most of our swing sets have a natural colors and designs. Depending on your preference, you may want your swing set to blend well with its surroundings or stand out.

Outdoor play is essential for childhood development and making adventures memorable, which is why picking the best swing set for your little ones is so important.

Do you have any tips you would recommend to families looking for swing sets?

 

Four Ways Kids Can Make Mother’s Day Perfect

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many kids are trying to figure out what they can do for the special moms in their lives. As toddlers and preschooler begin to understand the concept of Mother’s Day, there are plenty of ways they can make this day wonderful. Here are four ways that kids can make this special date perfect with the use of their toys:

Puppet show: Instead of heading out to a movie or play, your little ones can do the entertaining! Your little actors and actresses can put on a puppet show for all the lovely ladies celebrating Mother’s Day in your home.

puppet theater

Whip up a yummy treat: Put your little chef to the test. If the kids ask what mom wants for her amazing day, suggest a delicious dessert or meal made from one of their play kitchens. Many of our customers have told us their kids like to serve them “coffee” with their play kitchens so you could also ask for a fresh cup of Joe!

Heart of the Home Kitchen

Tidy up: Now this might be a far stretch for some kids, but maybe you have been waiting for your kids to clean their room for awhile. If they have a toy box, chest or dresser, entice them to put their toys away and surprise mom with a nice clean room!

Lift & Hide Bookcase Storage Chest

Craft a masterpiece: Your mini Picassos can create a magnificent piece of artwork with their art desk or easel. Their work of art will surely deserve a special spot on the fridge or to be placed in a frame showcased for everyone to see.

Doodle Art EAsel Studio Art Desk in the park

We hope your little sweethearts make Mother’s Day magical!

Family Fun Snow Activities

Winter can be a beautiful yet cold time of year for those of us that get to experience the white fluffy stuff on the ground.  Even if you do not get a chance to frolic in the snow based on where you live, there are still plenty of activities you can do with your family to embrace this time of year! Check out these fun indoor and outdoor activities that incorporate the fun features of winter.

familyfunsnowactivites

Pine Cone Snowman: For those of you that have never had the chance to build a snowman outside, here is your chance to create one!  All you need is a pine cone (if you cannot find any outside, take a trip to your local craft store), plenty of cotton balls or batting, buttons, glue and scrap fabric. Your family can gather around the table and create their own version of Frosty the Snowman! These adorable snowmen will make for festive winter decorations around the house.

Snow Coloring: This colorific activity will amaze the minds and eyes of little artists as they make beautiful and vibrant creations in the yard! Grab an empty spray bottle (or container), food coloring and some water. Mix the food coloring and water into the spray bottle or container. Take a trip outside and begin spraying the snow! If you have the colored water in a container, use a turkey baster to spread the colorful water all over the snow.  All your neighbors will marvel at the multicolored snow!

Pipe Cleaner Snowflake: Snowflakes are so little and hard to see, so why not make them bigger by creating your own sparkly snowflakes! Gather up some different color pipe cleaners and twist and turn them to create your own unique winter-themed masterpiece. This is also another great craft that can be showcased around your house as a decoration.

Snow Dough: Whether you and your family are looking to create snowmen or snowballs, you can create dough that looks like snow with toilet paper, ivory soap and some water. This is a great sensory activity for toddlers to help inspire creativity and stimulate their minds!

We hope these family fun snow activities get you through this chilly season! Do you have any fun crafts or activities that you and your family enjoy during the winter?