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4 Aug
Day 96: Mayan Pyramid
Posted by Elizabeth Moreno

The "Mayan Pyramid" is a great climbing element for a site with a large number of children. Tire stairs lead from four sides up to a bolted climbing element at the peak. The graduated slides will give kids a chance to climb quite high while providing a solid path back down the slope. 

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Day 96: Mayan Pyramid
30 Jul
Day 95: Swing Double Simple
Posted by jkelli

Jennifer Kelliher is a landscape architect, living and working in Kunming, China. She is a guest writer for the Playground Ideas blog, sharing her knowledge and passion for children's play spaces. 

One of the most classic and iconic elements of a playground is the swing set. The “Swing Double Simple” is great in combination with other active elements but be sure to have a safe distance between them. Read over our Safety Manual to get a understand how far to space specific elements apart.

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Day 95: Swing Double Simple
28 Jul
Day 94: Cubby Tire Tread
Posted by Elizabeth Moreno

Tree houses host realms of whispered secrets and make-believe tales; of independence and tucked-away worlds; where children are the masters of their own universe.

Tree-houses are a great addition to children's play spaces. But in many places we work, building with timber is inadvisable due to the menace of termites. Specially treated wood or steel can be quite expensive. The "Cubby Tire Tread" is an alternative design, built mainly from strong, long-lasting, termite resistent car tire tread.

Follow the link to get the step-by-step instructions for the "Cubby Tire Tread." (Must create a free user account to see full instructions.)

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Day 94: Cubby Tire Tread
23 Jul
Day 93: Monkey Ring
Posted by Elizabeth Moreno

Did you catch former intern Tyler Sall's "Swing Monkey" design on day 37?  The element was inspired by his childhood memories of swinging on palm fronds with his brother in Panama. The "Monkey Ring" is another one of Tyler's designs. It is similar to the "Swing Monkey" but uses a solid ring instead of chains. Kids can grab the ring and start running to propell themselves around the pole. It's almost like a hanging merry-go-round. This is a great design if you have a strong pole (or even a strong tree trunk) to work with. 

Follow the link to get the step-by-step instructions for building your own “Monkey Ring."(Note: must create a free user account to see full instructions.)

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Day 93: Monkey Ring