How to choose children’s slides, tips for choosing and reviews
The children’s slide provides children with fun leisure activities, and also develops the vestibular apparatus, coordination of movements, motor skills, and strengthens muscles. Such a product is ideal for a summer residence or a country house, but some models are also installed indoors.
- The slide must have a quality certificate and a hygienic conclusion confirming the safety of the material for the baby.
- Carefully inspect the slide for damage. Remember that the reliability of the design is the key to the safety of the baby. The seams of the model must be sanded.
- Make sure the slide is stable. This is especially important for plastic products. The higher and larger the slide, the more it needs special fasteners.
- Classic children’s slides
- Slides for the pool
For the pool – connects to a water or dry pool. Designed for young children. It can be plastic or inflatable.
For riding – a classic slide made of plastic, metal or wood.
Standard – a separate projectile for skiing. Installed indoors or outdoors. Suitable for young children.
Children’s complex with a slide – a multifunctional design for a comprehensive physical education of the child. It is completed with a horizontal bar, a gladiatorial net, gymnastic rings, a hand walker, a Swedish wall and other shells. Develops endurance, agility, flexibility. Such a complex is purchased for preschoolers and children of primary school age.
The children’s complex is larger than a separate slide and is located only on the street.
Portable (foldable) – compact, easy to store and transport. The ideal travel solution.
Simple – mounted permanently. This is the most reliable and stable design.
Transformer – multifunctional slide. Transforms into other items, such as a chaise longue or a high chair.
Determines the nature of the ride from the children’s slide. Direct descent – the standard solution that occurs most often. But a wavy, spiral or tunnel-like descent will make riding more exciting. At the same time, a direct descent is easier and suitable for a young child. Slides with screw descent designed for older children – from 3 years.
Early age (1-3 years) – compact folding slide with rounded edges. Sports equipment in such a slide is not provided. Material – plastic, PVC.
preschool age (3-7 years) – larger than the slide for an early age. Material – metal, wood, PVC.
early school age (7-10 years) – a large-sized slide, equipped with various additional shells. Material – wood, metal, combined (metal + plastic).
This parameter means the maximum allowable load that the slide can withstand without the risk of failure. Depends on the weight of the baby. The older the child, the higher the maximum load should be. Do not exceed this parameter, as the destruction of the product may cause harm to children’s health.
Plastic – cheap, light and easy to clean material. It does not heat up in summer and does not cool down in the cold season. The plastic slide is safe for the child and is made in a bright design. Disadvantages: sensitivity to temperature changes, brittleness. Such a model must be protected from exposure to negative temperatures.
Metal – strong and durable material. Slides are made of metal, designed for stationary installation. Cons: high cost, high weight, injury hazard, susceptibility to rust, high thermal conductivity (heats up in summer, cools down in winter). The metal slide withstands all weather conditions, but needs to be painted.
Combined (plastic + metal) – a combination of the strengths of the two previous options. Most often, a frame, rungs and a ladder are made of metal, and a slide with sides is made of plastic. This slide is safe and durable.
Tree – eco-friendly, spectacular-looking material. Disadvantages: very high price, tendency to warp and rot, risk of splinters. To eliminate these disadvantages, the slide is painted (varnished) and covered with plastic.
PVC (inflatable) – the cheapest and safest slide. Cons: puncture sensitivity, short life, needs a pump. Such slides are bought every season to match the height, weight and age of the child.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions and weight of the children’s slide depend on the age of the baby. The older the child, the larger and more massive the structure he will need.
The height of the slide for babies up to 1.5 years old is 125 cm, for children 2-3 years old – 260 cm, for children from 3 years old – 285-325 cm.
For children aged 1.5-3 years, a slide up to 1.5 m long is suitable, children 4-6 years old should choose a product with a greater height – 2.2-2.5 m. The height of the descent (ramp) and the weight of the product change in a similar way. The heavier the slide, the more stable it is.
In addition, the dimensions of the slide are determined by the place of its installation: compact models are chosen for the apartment, and larger slides are also suitable for the outdoor area.
Water connection – allows you to create water attractions, which makes riding even more interesting.
Basketball hoop, balls, football goal nets – expand the playing possibilities of the slide. The ideal solution if the product is purchased for several children.