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I have not got the largest garden in the world and with a toddler have to be fairly choosey about what toys would work well in our garden and what would be used most.
As his Birthday is in March, and with the summer coming up, i knew a swing would be a good option, especially seeing that he will grow into it and others would benefit from it too! (Meaning his friends).
His Granny ang Grandpa bought this swing for him, for £29.99 i believe from a local toy store but i have seen these on sites such as amazon.
Flat packed, this meant a morning of fiddling and flapping to assmelbe it before he finished playschool, knowing that he wouldnt be patient enough to sit and wait for mummy and daddy to stop arguing long enough to get the swing put up!!
This is a single swing for a child who can sit and support themsleves safely (we wouldnt want them slipping off and cracking their heads!).
It is made of a metal frame and in the colours of navy blue and orange, perfect for both boys and girls. I must admit though, after a summer in the garden, these colours do fade somewhat, especailly the orange funnnily enough.
Very light at 3.5kg, it does come with supports that you can screw into the ground so that your little ones do not take off with the force of swinging, although i have to be honest, once embedded in our boggy grass, we are yet to do this, naughty naughty!
The frame is a coated metal to add protection from the wet weather and help to prevent rusting and comprises of four legs (as you would expect) that come in 2 pieces, making a huge 'N' if you like, with the actual swing attachment sits at the top where they join. This framework is in navy, with 2 horizintal supports, about waist high in orange.
The swing itself is attached by bolts and the string is orange in colour and is strong (has taken my weight - briefly..) The seat itself is around 20-25cm deep and is an orange plastic, with the logo hedstrom embossed.
This swing has sat in our garden for a year now and apart from the fading that you would expect from the sun, has worn well. My son is now 3 and coming up to the perfect age to get the most out of it. He is able to get on and off independantly which was a problem initially as the seat does sit roughly 2+ft from the ground.
One thing you have to bear in mind, is that although at first glance it doenst appear to take up a lot of room, you have to take into account the area in front and behind the swing that is needed for 'child clearance'.
The swing would certainly be more sturdy if fixed into the ground, but this also means once there, you cannot really move it, making it a little more difficult to cut the grass etc..
In general though,a great and cheap addition to the outdoor toy collection. I am aware that swings are very readily available at your local park, but to be able to enjoy it in the comfort of your own surroundings makes it all the more enjoyable!
Always handy to have an adult about to supervise and do the swinging bit too!!
4/5 for me!
You can get several different Hedstrom Swings. There are ones with gliders or see-saws or double swings etc. But the one we've got is just the bog standard Hedstrom Junior Single Swing. We got ours from Argos in the sale for just £9.99 but this usually retails for £14.99 - £19.99 depending on which store you buy it from. They still have some of these left at the sale price in a few Argos stores but you've got to be really quick.
Hedstrom is a good solid brand name that has been around for years. That's why I was surprised to find this item at such a low price but quick off the mark getting my wallet out. This swing came boxed and had to be assembled at home but this wasn't too difficult. All the parts were present and the instructions were straightforward. Well, after three kids and a grandson it's not like I needed them but first-timers would hopefully find them easy to follow!
I had the swing up and ready to go in about twenty minutes. When the grandson got home from playgroup he was thrilled to find his new swing ready to go in the back garden. The daughter was equally impressed (she had no idea I'd bought it). The grandson is coming up for 4yrs old and this swing is suitable from 3 - 10yrs (up to 45kgs) so he's an ideal weight and age for this. The seat was a good size for him and he was comfortable holding onto the ropes.
This swings really easily and the frame is reassuring solid compared to some of the worringly flimsy ones you get these days. There were metal pegs for anchoring this into the ground with too which means that even the most ambitious swingers will hopefully avoid any accidents. At this price I've got to give it five stars. I'd recommend this swing even at full retail price though and would still feel I'd got good value for money.
"Really cool, especially the glider ride" this was my 7 year olds son's assessment when I asked him last night what he thought of his new swing frame. The Hedstrom Snowden Multiplay as described in the Argos catalogue: `Two height adjustable rope swings and a glider ride for two children Made from painted steele tube Construction time 2 people x 1 hour Maximum load per ride 45kg Height 181cm, width 154cm, depth 272cm` If you thought that the two "height adjustable" swings sound impressive don't get too excited. The heigth adjustment is done by tying the ropes to the swing frame at your desired height. If you want to adjust later you simply un-tie and re-tie in a different place!! The box arrived at 10.30 in the morning and I (with help from my wife and a very excited son!) started work assembling it pretty much straight away. It comes with clear instructions and I don't think we hit any serious problems throughout the assembly process. The only additional advice I would offer that is not included in the instructions would be to not tighten the bolts on the glider ride seats too harshly as it does tend to discolour the plastic. I would say that the suggested 1 hour assembly time is about right. Extra time should however be allowed for the essential concreting in of the anchor pegs. All in all the Multiplay is very good value for money when compared with its competitors. Before buying the multiplay we checked virtually every other similar system and the multiplay purchased via Argos was £20 cheaper than its nearest competitor (Woolworths). Overall a good buy at a bargain price. It is made of sturdy steel tubes and although only time will tell it looks like it is made to last.
The Hedstrom range are one of the cheapest makers of childrens` outdoor toys on the market. The Brecon multi swing set only cost me £70, but you could most probably get it even cheaper if you shopped around. You know me, I would normally shop around to save myself a few pennies but I opted to go for the catalogue price so that I could pay in instalments. The set consists of a blue and white tubular frame with two swings and a two person glider. The swing rope is very durable and hasn`t frayed at all over the course of a year, also the height is easily adjustable as the rope is threaded through two loops at the top. Both swings seats are made from thick green plastic, which also have not sustained any damage over the course of the year, and believe me it`s had to endure some tough treatment from my kids. The only complaint I have is that the seats curve upwards at the sides which makes them slightly smaller, this means that I can`t play on them because my bum`s too big. The glider is designed with two poles attached to the top of the frame, and another pole going accross these two at the bottom with a green plastic seat at either end. The two poles have also got foot rests at the bottom. You`ve got to be careful with the glider as even the youngest of children can get it to go really high, really quickly, and there`s nothing to stop them going right over the top of the frame. I`ve only got a small garden separated by a path, and as the frame is pretty wide it takes up the whole of one side. There are four solid plastic spikes which are bolted to the bottom of each of the four frame legs. You are supposed to dig a hole for the spikes to go in and then pour concrete over them to fully secure the frame. As we are hoping to move, all I`ve done it batter the spikes into the soil, and because my soil is like concrete anyway, the frame is completely secure. The set itself didn`t take that long to put put together. F
ull assembly instructions are included which are very easy to follow, even for thick like me, and all the nuts and bolts were supplied with it. I must have done it right because there were no bolts left over that shouldn`t have been. The only problem left is how to stop my youngest running in front of it all the time when the other kids are using the swings. You`ll also find when you assemble one of these, that your garden suddenly attracts all the neighbours kids as well. The Hedstrom range are available from most toy stores and catalogues so they`re pretty easy to find.
When i was a child all we had was a swing,a boring old swing,hows things have changed nowadays. I recently bought a Hedstrom play gym from Argos at a price of £58.99,what a brilliant buy. It consists of two swings and a glider,(modern version of a see saw).The seats are made of sturdy plastic,and when assembled is amazingly strong. The instructions said it would take two people to assemble it,but i actually managed by myself.Good clear instructions helped. I particularly like the plastic covers that cover all screws,minimizing the risk of injuring a child and also rusting of screws. The very best thing about this play gym is that it can entertain four children at once,no more fighting for a turn Another good thing is a Headstrom consumer helpline handy if parts need replacing quickly. My only criticism of this product would be that it really needs cementing into the ground,but the stakes provided are not strong enough as they are made of plastic.
When we decided to buy a swing for our daughters, we was faced with a vast array of different shapes and sizes and really didnt know which to chose from. In the end we opted for the Headstrom as you seemed to get the most on it for the cheapest money. It consists of two swings and a see-saw. As our youngest daughter is only seven months we did have to buy a seperate baby swing but this would be the case no matter which one we had chosen. The swing has a metal frame and it does come in a flatpack. My husbabd assured me that it was really easy to put up and the instructions were easy to follow. Although you are meant to cement to the swing in, we have just used the pegs that came with it and it is pinned into the grass. As the girls are very young, this isn't a problem and it is very solid.If your children are alot older, then concrete would be a good idea. The baby will happily spend an hour in the swing looking around and as for the elder one, well she spends ages in the garden pushing her little Pooh bear! This really was a good buy and I thikn that we will have a good many years out of it.
A year ago we bought a headstrom swing,It came with two swings and what you would call a glider and the cost was £58.99. The actual frame work surprised me a lot at how strong the frame was. There is no sign of the frame work bending or the bolts rusting, the bolts and nuts have a little plastic cover which stops them from rusting. You are advised to concrete the swing in. The swing comes with four plastic pegs witch gets bolted to the bottom of the frame work and sets in the concrete at a 45 degree angle. Now the kids can go out and play Another product from argos store