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Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 08:13:33

Good idea or big white elephant? I am loathe to buy ds and dd more plastic crap for Christmas and was thinking of getting them a climbing frame as a joint gift. They are 4yo and 21mo.

The one I have seen has a slide and swings, and a little picnic bench. I'm not sure how much of a good idea it is though.

Those of you that have them, do your dc play with them regularly enough to make them worth it? They both love being outside.

ShatnersBassoon Fri 02-Sep-11 08:17:57

Best value toy we've ever bought. Have a look for a secondhand one if you're not sure about splurging.

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 08:19:41

Good idea. The one I've seen is 400. Does that seem reasonable? Happy to go with second hand though. Ds is two in Dec so plan to roll three gifts into one while he is too young to know
grin

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 09:46:35

Bump

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 10:24:20

Bumping again

SoundTheOctoalert Fri 02-Sep-11 10:30:36

I have got one of the TP metal climbing frames with a slide and twizzler on it, plus a den. also have a freestanding swing. Got it for DS1 when he was 3, is played with all the time (he's 5.5 now) and my 16 month old loves it too now. Think it was about £400, got it with a discount code. Friends have the wooden ones, I think they are reasonably limited, my DS1 just likes to try to climb up to the bars at the top as he's not bothered by the swings on them.

This: www.elc.co.uk/TP-Explorer-Climbing-Frame-Set/131248,default,pd.html

or this (this is the one I've got but I never paid that much!!): direct.tesco.com/q/R.210-1750.aspx?utm_source=GoogleShopping&utm_medium=GSF_NormalFeed&utm_campaign=GSF_TescoDirect&utm_content=210-1750

ChippyMinton Fri 02-Sep-11 10:39:01

I bought a TP one when they youngest DC was 2. 5 years on and it's still very popular. I deliberately bought a big one so it would last, small adults can use the swing , and it has a tower that is used as a den.

calaminecovered Fri 02-Sep-11 10:40:30

We bought one 2 years ago, along with the trampoline it's the best thing we have bought - with the added bonus being it gets them outside loads!

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 10:53:25

I like that ELC one. Good points, ta.

paddypoopants Fri 02-Sep-11 11:04:29

We bought our ds a wooden one one this spring- he has just turned 3. After talking to friends with kids we bought a bigger one that would last until he was older rather than him grow out of it. It was from costco. It has a slide a climbing wall and swings and a little wendy house bit- so something for all ages. He has never been off it. It was a nightmare to put together however.

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 11:06:54

Yes, that sounds brilliant. Dh wouldn't be able to put it together though, he is a bit hammer happy.

sazm Fri 02-Sep-11 11:11:55

we also have the tp challenger its fab,we have a 7yo,5yo and a 2yo and they all play on it and love it,we bought if locally for £50,so well worth keeping an eye our in your local supermarkets/ebay etc for a second hand one too smile

munstersmum Fri 02-Sep-11 11:15:29

We got a Kettler one with swing, rope swing, monkey bars... It's been great value. Kids create own dens around it with sheets etc. play basketball shooting through bars. Frame acts as second footie goal. Suitable for up to age12. Paid less than £300 new from a sports shop via Amazon.

startail Fri 02-Sep-11 11:15:36

We have a TP climbing frame, the metal sort that you can start low and get higher that saw a lot of use until DDs were 9/10 ish. Adult sized DD1 now wont fit down the slide.
TP swing still gets used, sky rider is really popular as is the twiddle bar. DD2 often climbs bits of the swing that aren't meant for climbingsmile

startail Fri 02-Sep-11 11:16:01

Twizzel bar

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 11:48:05

Seems like a winner then.

Pinkjenny Fri 02-Sep-11 19:20:42

Final bump for any evening opinions.

androbbob Fri 02-Sep-11 21:26:47

If you get the ELC one then make sure you join their birthday club and you get a 20% off discount voucher about a month before their birthday - makes a good saving

Pinkjenny Sat 03-Sep-11 11:20:46

Oh good idea!

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