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This is a good study trampoline suitable really from 1 year + if being used whilst supervised by an adult.
The trampoline surface is blue nylon type material but is quite smooth to the touch so does not scratch. The material feels nice and strong.
Around the edges is elastic cord attached to ther plain metal frame. The frame is a bit boring to look at being plain metal coloured but in my experience the children will be too busy bouncing to really notice the colours! The elastic gives a good level of bounce but without being too springy for little ones to keep their balance. There is a grab bar to hold on to at the front which is very helpful for keeping safely in place on the middle of the trampoline. It is possible though for feet to go to the edges and fall through the elastic gaps so the bar is useful to help keep steady and avoid this happening.
It is a good fun toy which can be used inside space permitting) or outside. I would say iit is suitable from age 1 up to about 5.
Trampoline is almost every kid's favourite play equipment and so was it for my 2 year old son until I bought one home. There are varieties of junior trampolines in the market but I bought mine for £18 from Woolworths just before it was shutting down. It was the peppa pig design and has a round base with the steel frame and a tough handle with easy grip pads.
When we visited our friends house almost everyone had one of these small trampolines and there would be a big fight among the kids to get onto it. That's when we decided to buy one but surprisingly once we bought one home our son was least interested in playing on it. It been months we have bought it but he must have used it just a few days only. We do go out to playgroups and he still likes to jump on trampolines but i guess he just like the one at home.
To set the trampoline was not easy either. It had confusing instructions especially with which handle fixes to which side. Though the overall size is big but the jumping area itself is quite small because it has some cushioned borders for safety. When my son jumps it lifts off from the ground.
Just when I was writing all this I realised that I am getting my answer as to why my son doesn't like this particular trampoline. It is probably not that much fun and comfortable for him. I should have bought the junior trampoline from Argos which they sell for £19.99.
My daughter was given a trampoline for her 4th birthday. It was a small trampoline that we could either keep in the house or have outside. Putting it together however seemed to be a hard task for her grandad and uncle who spent over an hour putting it together. They managed to get it together downstairs inthe kitchen. However, our garden is not quite equiped for a trampoline so we placed it upstairs in my daughters bedroom but getting it upstairs was a task in itself.
Once it was completed, my daughter absolutley loved it and we couldn't get her off it for weeks. The little trampoline is perfect exercise for children in the house. The can bounce on it and use up all their energy and get plenty of exercise at the same time. It is always a big hit with her friends when they come round and everyone is always fighting for a turn. Considering that it didn't cost too much, i would say that it is a very good product for children. It helps keep them active and healthy and they have a lot of fun while doing so. It keeps the children entertained without causing a lot of mess and clear up. It is very compact and will fit most places for indoors and outdoors. Putting it together may be a chore, but i'm sure it's not that difficult as my family made it out to be.
We brought a lovely little trampoline from the argos when the girls were alot younger.
It was triangular shaped with a pritty skirt running around the sides. It also played music when you jumped on it or you could have it count how many jumps you had done or play different notes as to how hard you jumped.
This was brilliant and my daughters absolutley loved it.
It was £59.99 in the argos but i got it in one of there sales for £14, i cant moan at that can i .
My girls had hours of fun with this and i have now sent it to my mothers for them to play on there as we have brought a big 15 foot trampoline now.
These little trampolines are fabulous for young children or for in the house.
The only thing i didnt like about mine was that because it played music it couldnt be left out in the rain and being a triangle was a right pain to get it back into the shed.
We recently picked up a Barbie trampoline at the local second hand market. It is one of the best toys I've bought yet. My niece loves all things Barbie despite my sister's attempts to keep Barbie down. She has failed miserably, this is a child which thinks Barbies is like gold, something to be desired.
Anyway that's irrrelevant other than to tell you what it's like, so being Barbie pink it's attractive, it's round and about three foot in diameter. It stands about 8" off the ground on 6 sturdy legs, pink flowered padded bit round the edge and pink trampoline bit in the middle. A very sturdy piece of equipment suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Now it says it's for up to 60kgs in weight, but I have tried it and I am easily over that and it supports me with no dipping in the centre, I wouldn't recommend somebody over that weight uses it all the time.
It costs £29.99 from Argos, I've just looked that up having bought mine second hand.
My niece loves it, she is now asking her mum for one to have at her house. I would recommend a trampoline for every child.
A trampoline was one of the first large (garden-size rather than studio-flat size) toys we bought for our daughter.
We bought one from Argos for £19.99 but there is lots on the market. I will comment on the one we have as far as set-up and quality goes, but obviously any comments regarding play potential refer to all of similar trampolines.
*What is it?*
The best answer would be provided by looking at the picture above. It's a trampoline, silly! The 'junior' element is presumably marked by the presence of the handle, smallish size (less than 1m square) and weight limit of 45kg (that's for ours, but it seems that most of the products this size have a similar limit).
*Age suitability and play value*
We bought the trampoline at Christmas almost two years ago when Katie was 2.5 years old. We had it set up and 'jumpable' in the garden pretty much all the time (though it tends to get removed under the roof for the rainiest and - if come - snowy periods) and she probably has a shorter or longer jumping session on it most of the days.
I am actually surprised how much she uses it and with how much gusto!
Her first encounter with a trampoline was at about 16 months of age and she wasn't really very sure about the object then, despite having other children demonstrate. I would say that most children would need to be about 2 to start enjoying a trampoline, though it obviously all depends on how well developed their gross motor skills are. At 2.5 she jumped rather gently but from about 3 she started to go really high (" Mummy! Look!!!! I am jumping as high as an aeroplane!!!!") and she still likes doing it. So far she has not let go of the handle though she tries to jump on one leg and also uses the bar as some approximation of a gym bar for climbing and swinging (not a very safe idea).
Children of up to about 9 would probably enjoy a Junior Trampoline, though a lot of tyem are advertised as for 3 to 7 years old.
All in all I am a total convert: I think it's a great toy, giving a child an opportunity to be VERY physical and energetic in a set-up where they can feel secure and confident. The sheer joy of jumping seems exhilarating!
*Practicalities: set-up, storage and quality*
This is the only major gripe I had with the trampoline we bought: it took my husband at least 30 minutes to set up the frame and me (with his help at the end) another 30-40 to thread the cord and finally hook it in a loop in a correct way. To be honest I think it would be very difficult for one person to completely set it up as a lot of hard pulling of the cord is involved in the final stages.
The instructions provided with the toy were sufficient, but THEY HAVE TO BE FOLLOWED - I didn't at first and I ended up having to start all the threading all over again!
The frame is made of gloss-painted metal (steel? galvanised steel?) which looks very sturdy and reliable. The parts of the frame are joined by rust-proof bolts and the whole structure, despite being exposed to the elements for almost two years still seems very solid. This is a very important thing, as the thing, when assembled, is rather large and would be awkward to store, especially in limited space we have inside.
The fabric is strong synthetic and as the frame had so far shown no signs of more than expected wear. Remarkably, it doesn't even look very mouldy, and for ANYTHING located in our garden it's massive achievement. The fabric is kind of very tight mesh, which means that rainwater does not accumulate on it but falls through.
The elastic cord which takes most of the strain is still going strong.
When the child jumping on the trampoline is not positioned in the middle but closer to the bar, the 'rear legs' tend to jump themselves by few inches, especially if the trampoline is not on completely level ground. Ideally one might want to put stakes in the ground to secure it completely, though we have not done it and we had no problems.
I would not be really happy to take the bar of and use it as free-standing trampoline, I think it's too small for that and a child toppling over while jumping (inevitable!) could fall unpleasantly off onto the metal frame and, while probably not suffering a major injury, get discouraged from using it.
Excellent piece of equipment, in every day use, great for fun, energetic play especially for children who don't have peer playmates at home for things like chasing, ball games or swings. Well worth the money we paid and more.
If you have pre-school or early school children and even the smallest garden space, get one! If you don't have a garden but have enough space inside, get one too!
These trampolines are available from a lot of shops, for around 25-30 GBP (Argos, Littlewoods, john Lewis, ELC). The cheapest one I found online was £19.95 from turseryandtoys.com and I have seen some new ones on e-bay starting at £0.99 with postage below a tenner, so it's worth having a look.
ARGH!!!!! My daughter went on about wanting a trampoline for her birthday so I llok around and find one in argos for her. I wrongly assumed it would come with the base pre assembled and I'd just need to put the handle on. So you can imagine my horror when I picked up a box from argos which was only 6ins by 36ins!!!!!!! I got it home and panicked!!! I had no where to hide it untill her birthday if I put it up so I would have to do it the night before her birthday while she was sleeping! Whats the problems I hear you say!! Nothing if you have hands of steel!!!!!!!!!! Putting th bolts in would have been fine if the holes had been drilled properly! but they hadn't! so I had to knock out the metal as it had be marked but not compleatly removed! THEN!!!! The elastic! the best bit! You have to line the boucing pad up square then thread through the elastic rope, this would be fine accept the holes are too small for the rope! and if you don't do it in a strick pattern then it frays! argh! It too hours! just as I thought I'd got it it was wrong and I was back where I started! So after 3 hours, fraided temper and sever rope burns! I had done it! My advice to other parents! BUY SECOND HAND! that way some one else has sweated blood to put it together!!!!! Oh well only 8 months till christmas and I'll have another toy to put together!!!!
For my daughters third birthday we bought her a Junior Trampoline (Team Playway for aged 3 – 7). I ordered it through my Freemans mail order catalogue. I received it late July ready for her birthday, which is in late September. My Husband, a friend and me had great fun, while trying to assemble it on the evening before her birthday. We finally got it finished and it looked fine. My daughter is a very petit child. She is still wearing 18 – 24 month clothes and she is not very heavy. It hasn’t even been assembled a week and the elastic cord which holds on the trampoline base has frayed. I phoned the number given on the instruction sheet (01543 363700), they were very helpful and asked where I had got it from and when I got it and what was wrong with it. I explained and she said they would dispatch a replacement cord, but it will take up to fortnight The framework is guaranteed for 3 years against rust perforation, and any defective part or parts will (as they see fit) either be exchanged or repaired free of charge. I received the replacement cord through the post on Saturday, it only took a few days, it is a different colour, but that does matter. The trampoline encourages children to be active. My daughter loves the trampoline, she can now bounce very high and is getting more confident, and some times she doesn’t even hold on to the support bar. The trampoline has a blue support bar, red frame bars and a yellow trampoline base. The trampoline is very colourful and bright. The trampoline helps a child to learn how to balance, and keep upright. My daughter is always on it and it is really hard to get her off, she enjoys it so much.