9 Best Tree Swings | March 2017
- available in 3 different colors
- customer service is friendly
- the rope is a bit on the short side
- swing comes fully assembled
- includes a pvc stabilizer bar
- it is rather bulky
|Brand||M & M Sales Enterprises|
- perfect for ages 5 and up
- strong enough to support up to 250 lbs
- it's quite pricey
- accommodates up to 2 small riders
- has a middle hole for draining rainwater
- it tends to flip over easily
- ready to hang out of the box
- fits small swing sets and tall trees
- will not hold up in high humidity
- handcrafted from hard maple
- fully adjustable handles
- 80 feet of uv and mildew-resistant rope
|Brand||The Rob Company|
How To Prepare For Installing a Tree Swing
Having a tree swing in your backyard is much safer than relying on a public swing set in that you can control, test, and adjust the equipment as need be. Having said that, maintaining a tree swing requires a bit of responsibility. First and foremost, you need to ensure that both the tree branch and the swing are well-anchored and secure.
One of the uncertain aspects of a tree branch is its weight capacity. By and large, this is an area where it is better to be safe than to be sorry. With that in mind, you'll want to test any prospective tree branch by hanging, and even swaying, from it to see how it responds. Your child may weigh less than you do, but chances are that he or she will be in constant motion whenever playing on a swing. Ideally, you'll want any branch - if not any tree base - to show zero flexibility or give.
Once you've found a firm branch you need to measure an ample clearance. You can start by determining how high you want a tree swing's seat to rest off the ground. More often than not, you'll want that seat to rest just high enough that the ground won't snag your child's feet. Next, measure the distance from the ground to the tree branch. Use that distance as your baseline for making sure that there aren't any obstructions surrounding the tree.
Ironically, one of the most common swing-set accidents involves a person running into a swing - or tripping over it - in the dark. The simplest way to avoid this is by installing a metal hook into the side of your tree. Doing so will allow your kids to drape the swing much like a sash whenever they're not using it. This will, in turn, prohibit anyone from running into that swing in the dark.
The Myriad Benefits of Teaching Your Child How to Swing
Swings are simple, and swings are fun. But did you know that swings have also been proven to provide an endless stream of developmental benefits? It's true. Swinging on a regular basis can help children to improve their motor skills and their sensory integration (i.e., the mental processes by which a person is able to receive information via the senses), along with spatial awareness and depth perception.
Swinging can help to curb hyperactivity, while alleviating symptoms that have been associated with certain nervous disorders. Therapists use swinging as a way to help autistic children focus, and, over time, these therapists may also use the swing as a motivational tool (i.e., the child can ride assuming that he has done as he was told).
Swinging in a public setting encourages kids to interact. Swinging isn't confrontational, unlike a lot of other physical activities, including sports. Swinging encourages a child to think without distraction; it encourages a child to set aside the video games and put away the phone.
Pushing a child on a swing represents a bonding opportunity. It provides a chance for a parent and a child to communicate, and that, in turn, is great for establishing trust. At the risk of sounding earnest, a backyard swing connects a child with certain lifelong memories. It is not uncommon to hear a grown man reference "that swing that we used to have in the backyard."
A Brief History of The Swing
The earliest proof that a swing existed comes by way of several Ancient Greek etchings, along with handmade sculptures that actually predate Ancient Rome. As art evolved, swings continued to be depicted via several oil paintings, including The Swing by Nicolas Lancret (1724), The Happy Accidents of The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard (1767), and Spring by Pierre Auguste Cot (1873), just to name a few.
Swings have been popular in the United States ever since the early settling days. Tree swings, in particular, maintained a presence throughout the Colonial Era, becoming even more popular as attention shifted toward the western frontier.
Swings became more standardized in the U.S. toward the end of the 1800s. Swings and sliding boards, in particular, represented the foundation of early neighborhood parks. Throughout the Great Depression and World War II, the U.S. continued to allocate funds toward the building and upkeep of its recreation areas. This despite the fact that a lot of other public funding had been either reallocated or stopped.
Most playground swings had been made out of wood and steel up until the 1970s, at which point stricter safety measures led to replacing wood with plastic, and heavy chains with ropes. Today, swings remain a constant presence throughout America. Swings evoke a timeless sense of excitement, encapsulating some unique aspect of what it means to be young.