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Monday, 19 August 2013

Skate Board Swing

My boys have been interested in Skateboarding for a while now. They want to be as good as their daddy, who can still wow me with his ability to ride his childhood skateboard!

I found this Skateboard for a few pounds and thought it would be fun for the children to paint it up.

With all four of my kids taking a keen interest in this project I drew squares on the skateboard and told each child that they could paint four squares each.

This meant that the overall piece had some cohesion rather than being reduced to a colourful mess. It also meant that each child could paint at their leisure as they knew the sections they were responsible for.

You can see from this picture that the end result is bright and cheerful.

Once the paint was dried I threaded some long lengths of rope through the holes above the wheels on the skateboard and tied them to some strong branches on our tree.

I did this on both sides making a swing that hovered just above the ground.

In hindsight it would have been better to have drilled holes in the skateboard and threaded the rope through the holes. This would have kept the board in place.
You can see from this picture the skateboard is now ready for any child ready to attempt some serious swinging.

If you are making this for any children under 5 you may want to add in handles so the child has something to hold onto. This may be as simple as knotting the rope so the child has something to grip. As it was, my children were fine to hold onto the rope, as you will see from the photos of Jack (below).
Jack had a wild time swinging, jumping and riding this new toy.

This was a fun summer time project and certainly kept the children busy making it and subsequently playing on it. That said, I am not sure if it would pass any health and safety tests so do it at your own risk!

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