Most fun weekend project ever!
At least for the kids that is. :)
Or maybe we should say "best birthday present ever" because this was what we got our now 5-year-old for her birthday. She opened a big box with swings, a steering wheel, a telescope, climbing rocks, etc. It was certainly fun for us to give.
And really, it was pretty easy to make, thanks to a lot of planning from my husband. We had 5 adults working off-and-on for about 8 hours. I spent most of the time taking care of the kids and cooking food for everyone else, so I didn't actually help much. But between Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, and Uncle Colin, it took those 4 adults about 8 hours to make this swing set. Not too shabby.
Here are some pictures of the process.
1st up, the frame.
Here is a picture of the base, which we will eventually turn into a sandbox.
Up goes the railing.
And the kids can hardly wait, so they are playing on it before it is officially finished. :)
(and there's Uncle Colin hard at work! No, he really did help a lot and had a much-deserved shady break).
This photo shows some of the accessories we added: a telescope, steering wheel, handles for safety, climbing rocks because they are cool and a little bench for sitting on underneath (which surprisingly is a pretty hot item with our two girls--it tends to be the rowing bay for when we are trying to get away from scurvy pirates).
Our kids truly love it. I knew they would enjoy it, but I didn't realize how much they would play with it, so it's been fun for us all.