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TP Explorer Scrambling Net

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Brand: TP / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment - Scramble net for TP Climbing Frame

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      24.04.2011 21:35
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      One net, two purposes.

      One of the add ons that i decided to buy separately from our tp challenger climbing frame was a scramble net. I have seen my boys try and climb these at outdoor activity centres and that they were a lot more difficult for them to climb than a ladder. Therefore, it would provide a different mental and physical challenge for them. It is definitely very difficult for them to climb.

      There was a choice of two nets for the challenger frame. A cheaper and smaller triangular net which went at the narrow end of the frame near the platform, or this larger net that i chose. I made this decision as i felt the other net was a bit too small, and it would not work well on that part of the climbing frame as it made it too busy. It would also have been easier to climb as my boys could have grabbed the side of the climbing frame or the challenger platform to help pull themselves up.

      The net is made from a blue nylon rope, which is made into smaller squares for climbing purposes. The squares are all the same size which is gapped well enough for small children to use, although i imagine it will be too easy to climb once they get tall enough to reach as high as the monkey bridge bars.

      The net is bought separately to the monkey bridge, so if you started with a basic climbing frame set you would need to make sure a monkey bridge (and not the similar jungle run) piece was also in your shopping basket. The monkey bridge sells for about £80 and the net itself is between £45 and £50 depending upon where you purchase it. I found i had to buy it from John Lewis as it was not available at Wicken Toys where we had bought the climbing frame from.

      The net needs to be put on as you assemble the bridge, as it is wrapped around the bars that make up the monkey bars and steps. It is also secured along the side by some clips which are a bit like the oval links you have on a belt buckle, working in a similar style with the force being put onto the ropes. You get a net that will not slip about as the kids are climbing on it.

      My 4 year old is capable of climbing the net, but it has taken him a couple of months to become confident. My nearly 3 year old is lacking in upper body strength to haul himself up, but he still has a go with help. While they are not using it all the time as a climbing activity to now, i am pretty confident they will keep having a go until they master it.

      What we have been doing is my son suggested we play football and use this as a goal net. While it is not perfect for this purpose as it does not touch the floor, it does resemble a goal net, and my son is very happy to use it this way. Saves me trying to fit a goal post in the garden as well.

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