If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that our kids spend a lot of time outside in our backyard. When we bought our home, we knew the outside play spaces would be the top of our priority list and we couldn’t wait to start planning what our yard would look like!
We’ve busily been creating different nooks and areas in the yard to capture the interests of our little learners and create different spaces to suit their varying needs including a mud kitchen area, cubby house and veggie gardens. Over the last few months, we’ve been searching for a monkey bar and swing set up for our backyard because our kids are very busy little people and are constantly seeking out opportunities to flip, jump, swing and climb.
When I stumbled across Vuly, I knew their monkey bar sets would be PERFECT for our family! I reached out and they sent over a Family Quest Monkey Bar set for our little learners which has been very well loved over the last few weeks.
There has been countless research showing the importance of active play for young children. In fact, according to the Australian Government (2021), to promote healthy growth and development, preschoolers aged 3 to 5 years should be active for at least 3 hours each day. Both my husband and I grew up on acreage so outside play was always a very big part of our childhood.
We knew we wanted our little learners to look back on their childhood with the same fond memories of spending their days out in the yard. Our backyard has been the central part of our home and where our children spend the most time in when we’re at home (which has been a lot over 2020 and 2021 with a global pandemic!!).
However, we knew we were missing an outlet for some high energy play. This kind of play helps to build core muscles and upper-body strength! Monkey bars in particular are great for strengthening the muscles in your child’s hands which are so important as they learn to hold a pencil and write. Their hand-eye coordination is strengthened as they swing from bar to bar.
This kind of backyard play equipment is also wonderful if you have more than one child because they’re able to negotiate rules and take turns, developing their social skills and problem solving skills. At the moment, we’ve got just one swing and it’s been really wonderful watching the kids take turns and decide on rules that will allow everyone to feel happy.
One of our children has recently gotten an ADHD diagnosis so swinging on a swing has been incredible for their sensory integration. Brain Balance Centers believes that “the smooth, back-and-forth motion can be soothing and calming to a child.” We’re going to order the new Yoga Swing Attachment from Vuly which would be incredible for deep stimulus for a child with ADHD, ASD or sensory processing difficulties.
So what other products can you grab for your little learners from Vuly? They are perhaps most well known for their trampolines but they also have swing sets and many different attachments you can add to both the swing set and the monkey bars for your little learners to enjoy.
Below are some of the attachments we’re hoping to add to our collection eventually! Most of the attachments just hook on with clips so you can easily swap things out and keep things fresh!
So what do you think? Will you be grabbing a monkey bar set for your little learners? If you do, be sure to tag me on Instagram at @littlelifelonglearners so I can see!
I was gifted a Quest Monkey Bar Set with swing and jungle rope for the purposes of completing this review. Monetary compensation was not received and all opinions stated are my own.