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This was my sons' surprise birthday present this summer, from their Grandparents. The TP Forest Wooden SeeSaw is available from several places and costs around £80.
This is made mostly from thick solid wood and looks very sturdy and hardwearing. It has green plastic handles which I think look nice on it and prevent the seesaw from looking boring. This really looks like a good quality garden toy and something you feel your child will be safe on, rather than many flimsy plastic contraptions that I have seen.
This is sold as flat packed and requires assembly. My father in law put this up, with help from my husband and it didn't take them more than half an hour despite the children also attempting to "help" them. You will need a drill as although there are precut holes in some parts, there aren't in others and the wood is fairly hard so doing it by hand would give you a lot of blisters! Instructions must be followed carefully as there are a lot of parts and of course if you don't put it together securely, it won't be safe.
~~~How it works~~~
Of course, we all know how a seesaw works - you sit one child at each end and they go up and down. However, this is a seesaw with a difference, not only can your children bounce it up and down, they can also spin around! Because this seesaw is designed to pivot AND turn, making it effectively two toys in one and if your children are able it is possible to get it to do both at once.
I thought this was a fabulous adaptation to the concept of a seesaw, which can become boring quite quickly, as it adds a while new dimension to its use and therefore is played with for much longer. The children can propel this around with their feet or of course the parents can spin them while they hold on tight! When spinning this you really do need to make sure the children know to hold on as there will be a lot of movement.
This is of course a toy that needs two children to play on it so it's perfect for siblings and is a good way to get them to co-operate and play together. My sons are 2 and 3 and are able to use this fine by themselves, although they do like it if someone spins them. We have had plenty of other children use it and it seems suitable well up to the age of at least 7 or 8. Due to it's sturdyness I am sure it will last well and get used for years to come.
My children love this, as do their friends and it was definitely the favoured garden toy this year! As far as I am concerned, anything that gets them playing together is a good thing so it gets my approval and despite looking a little dangerous (which was my only worry) no one has had a real accident on it yet. This is by far the best and most thoughtful present my sons have recieved from their grandparents and I think it is well worth the money.
For quality and appeal I give this 5/5 but I am only awarding it 4/5 as the downside is that both children have to want to use it and need to be of similar weight (within reason) so it would not get so well used by everybody.