**Disclaimer: The following are just ideas and must be used at your own discretion for safety. Please be sure to use appropriate soft padding, measure for size in your space, and most importantly, provide supervision for your child’s safety.
I’d love to have more DIY skills or even a little workshop to build toys and equipment. But alas, I often resort to Amazon!
I’ll share some swings, trapezes and other equipment I’ve purchased from Amazon or local shops that kids really like.
Firstly, I’ve bought carabiner hooks and rope from a local outdoors climbing shop. Make sure the carabiners will hold the amount of weight for your child to safely swing. When looking for rope, consider whether your child will do better with static rope which has no give and will be less unpredictable, or dynamic rope which has some stretch and bounce to it.
If your child responds to spinning input, a rotary spinner can be found on Amazon. This is what I use at ot4kids’ clinic:
I have also used aerial yoga ‘daisy chains‘ to help adjust the swings either higher or lower if kids need their feet to be close to the ground.
Here are some ideas of swings and trapezes from Amazon:
Please note I have included affiliate links below so do receive a little £, however all proceeds go to charity.
For hanging and climbing:
Twizzler – this is a fun one that also spins
Trapeze with gymnastic rings for hanging by arms and also hanging upside down.
Crow nest swing seat – add pillows and blankets here for nice calming deep pressure input. It appears very similar to the IKEA Ekorre Swing.
Hammock swing – There are many different varieties and although I often suggest to parents to go to the fabric shop and feel the material and how stretchy it is (if your child likes bounce, a stretchy one may be great, if they need a calming space, a less stretchy lycra one may be more suitable). I have both a lycra hammock and a Yogapeutics hammock which has no-give for different situations.
Flexible Swing Seat – Try this one from different positions such as laying on tummy or sitting forwards or even sideways
Tire swing – for sitting or standing
Nest Platform Swing – This swing looks like it could be used from different positions similar to a platform swing, albeit, not the same. Perhaps a more economical option if you struggle with DIY like myself.