When choosing a frame, aside from the obvious space and budget constraints, almost as important is the target audience. Of course no child is going to turn down a wooden climbing frame! But there are features which may appeal to some more that others.
Smaller children love sandpits for example, whereas an older child enjoys the thrill of the monkey bars, or the technicality of the trapeze bar.
Play features that appeal to younger children
- Glider swings
- Enclosed lower playhouse
- Chalk wall
- Safe counter and stools
- Doors that open
- Extras like binoculars, steering wheel etc…
- Rock wall ladder
Ideal frames include the Meadowside, Windale, Brightside, Ridgeview Deluxe, and Atlantic. These frames have all our great features but everything is designed with small children in mind, including the cafe counters, chalk walls, little doors etc…
Play features that appeal to older children include
- Monkey bars
- Trapeze bars
- Higher decks
- Longer/curved slides
- Tube slides
- Solid rock wall
- Lookout deck
It is of course possible to have a frame to suit the whole family. Even our smallest frame, the Holt, has an added trapeze bar to appeal to the older child. Our Skyline Climbing Frame is a great example of the many features to suit the whole family. It comes with a 5ft deck height fort, lookout deck, tube slide, straight slide, monkey bars, two comfy belt swings, a glider, enclosed lower playhouse, complete with cafe counter and bench, and a chalkboard.