Thankfully spring is here, and it means a backyard full of children. What’s better than watching a bunch of toddlers enjoy themselves on nice sunny days? Well, maybe if it was a little warmer I’d enjoy it a bit more, but summer is just around the corner. The kidlets don’t care if it’s still chilly out, they are just happy to be playing outside – perhaps I can learn a little something from them.
The newest backyard toy the kids were able to test out was the Fort Slide-Away by Step 2. Once again it was Mr. Fix It that had the opportunity to put this slide and tent in one together. I’d call my husband a pro at putting together kids toys, he’s had a lot of practice over the years and has it pretty much down pat now. At first, the task was coming along quite well, I thought he’d be done in about 20 minutes, however he ran into a bit of trouble putting the tent underneath the slide. Despite help from other dads and other professional toy putter togethers (myeslf) and 6 kids, the tent was just not going to work out, so we had to improvise and make our own holes. Not only did hubster have the pressure of 5 adults watching him, there were also 6 kids “patiently” waiting for him to finish.
Once the Slide /Tent was ready, the kids we’re all over it. In, out, up, down, through! However, our job was not complete, we had to secure it to the ground. We live in Nova Scotia, and it’s really rocky here. Needless to say, the stakes used to secure the slide to the ground are ginormous and my house is built on a solid rock. After pound the stakes into the ground, one broke and as for the other, there was no way I was going to bang it through granite – but I tried, over and over and over again. So, needless to say, the slide is not secured into the ground, but there is a good base and it’s on a flat surface and we haven’t had any issues with the slide tipping.
The neighbourhood kids are from ages 2 – 5 and they ALL play with the Fort Slide-Away. Despite a few hiccups along the way (for the parents), it’s all worth it for the kids. The love the slide just as much as the tent – even with 2 other slides nearby. The tent fits at least 4 kids comfortably. It’s a huge hit with the kids, and the parents are even considering the tent for a hideaway.
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