Introduction

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Play is more than just play for kids – it’s critically important for the development of physical and mental skills in early childhood. Author, pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook, Angela Hanscom, gives two easy to DIY elements to add to your backyard to engage and inspire spirited play.

Play is more than just play for kids – it’s critically important for the development of physical and mental skills in early childhood. Author, pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook, Angela Hanscom shared this easy backyard swing project that engages kids and inspires spirited play.

Step 1

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Choose your limb. It should be a minimum of 6 inches wide (19 inches around) to safely support weight. Measure the height from the ground to determine the length of rope you’ll need. For a rope swing that will be gripped by children, choosing a 3 strand cotton rope makes for a strong, but soft option. Check the tensile strength and working load limit to ensure the rope is strong enough to bear plenty of weight. Using the measurement from tree limb to ground, add 10 feet to account for knots and securing the rope to the limb

Choose Your Tree Limb

It should be a minimum of 6 inches wide (19 inches around) to safely support weight. Measure the height from the ground to determine the length of rope you’ll need. For a rope swing that will be gripped by children, choosing a 3-strand cotton rope makes for a strong, but soft option. Using the measurement from tree limb to ground, add 10 feet to account for knots and securing the rope to the limb.

Pro Tip

Check the tensile strength and working load limit of the rope to ensure it is strong enough to bear plenty of weight.

Step 2

Make a Running Bowline Knot

A running bowline is a great knot to secure the rope to the tree limb. Use these step-by-step images as a guide. Make the knot by first forming two loops, as shown. Bring the loose end under the two loops and up through the center. Take the loose end over the top of the two loops and behind the long end as shown. Thread the loose end down into the center of the two loops. Pull the long end and the loose end apart to tighten the knot, which will form a small loop at the bottom below the knot.

Step 3

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

To secure the rope to the tree limb, drape the running bowline over the tree limb and then thread the long end through the loop. Pull tight.

Secure to the Limb

To secure the rope to the tree limb, drape the running bowline over the tree limb and then thread the long end through the loop. Pull tight.

Step 4

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Finish the bottom of the rope by tying a secure knot. See how to tie knot shown here.

Finish the Rope End

Finish the bottom of the rope by tying a secure knot. See how to tie knot shown here.

Step 5

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Tie additional knots for grip and to serve as footholds.

Add Knots for Holds

Tie additional knots for grip and to serve as footholds.

Step 6

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Creating An Adventure-Based Backyard for Kids

Play is more than just play for kids – it’s critically important for the development of physical and mental skills in early childhood. Author, pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook, Angela Hanscom, gives two easy to DIY elements to add to your backyard to engage and inspire spirited play.

Encouragae Play

Help your child safely swing, spin and play outdoors.