My son spends nearly every moment outside. I am old-school enough to think that is the best possible way for a 5 year old boy to spend his time. I absolutely love when he comes in for dinner and is so exhausted from a long day of playing, that he can hardly make it through his meal. We are also lucky enough to be surrounded by like-minded families whose children also spend their free time roaming the neighborhood and the surrounding woods. While they certainly do not need help from us when it comes to finding ways to entertain themselves, we love to do it none-the-less.
Our latest project was creating this skateboard swing, and let me tell you, it is a winner!
It was very easy to make, here's what you will need:
* A Skateboard Deck
* Rope (with a high enough weight rating)
* Eyebolts or Hooks (also with a high enough weight rating)
* Round Dowel (1&1/2" diameter- 2ft long)
* Drill bit slightly larger then your rope
Cut your dowel into two even halves.
Then drill a hole about an inch and a half in from the edge of each side of each dowel.
Drill holes roughly in the 4 corners of the skatebord deck as well, making sure to stay far enough from the edge so that it will still be strong enough to support weight.
Measure the approximate length of rope you will need. Add about a foot to account for knotting, and double the distance.
Run the rope through both of the back holes with the center of the rope under the center of the board, then do the same for the front holes.
Have your swing's primary occupant stand on the board and hold their hands in approximately the right place for the handles, mark where they need to be. (We made our handles a bit higher because all the neighborhood kids are bigger than our son. )
Make a knot immediately below and above the handles so that they will stay in place.
and screw in the hooks.
We spaced ours in basically the same width
and length as the skateboard itself.
We couldn't decide exactly how high the skateboard should sit so we asked him to climb on, and that's how we discovered that it was a bit too high. :-)
We tied up the excess rope just in case we need to change something. In a few days we will go ahead and cut off the extra.
When we were pretty sure it was all ready to go, Dad had to give it a try "just to make sure it was safe".
And finally the little got to try out his newest toy!
He loves it!
Now I just have to get him to come in for dinner... :-)
*Most (if not all) skateboards are laminated so they will not hold up to rain well. I highly recommend several coats of an exterior polyurethane to protect it from the elements, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
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