August 8th, 2013
Wickey Climbing Frame “Twinflyer”
The opportunities that all climbing frames provide for children to play, run, riot and live out their fantasies are almost unlimited. Wickey climbing frames are ideal in this respect. Their versatile and creative design means that they can always be expanded with new modules and accessories – children will never get bored with them.
Whether you’re about to buy a brand new climbing frame or looking to extend an existing one, everyone can find the climbing frame of their dreams at Wickey. Alongside the more generic climbing frames there are models based on themes such as a pirates’ nest, a fairy-tale castle, a ship and Dora’s shop. Each one can be individually tailored and subsequently changed any number of times to focus on climbing, sliding, swinging or playing in the sand – and always, of course, developing their own thoughts and ideas, as only children can.
In this respect, Wickey’s extensive range of accessories provides a useful complement to every climbing frame. A telescope will extend the radius of a climbing frame in the true sense of the word. A blackboard will give young artists the opportunity to enhance it with pictures of their own design. Various ship’s wheels are available with which pirates can guide their ship perfectly across the oceans.
Many children love to use their climbing frame as a shop, a bakery (for their sand-pies) or an ice-cream parlour. For such games, Wickey can also provide play money, a till and plastic ice-creams to sell, for instance. And those who prefer more robust games will enjoy a punchbag or special climbing modules on which they can gain valuable physical skills.
These are just some of the many ways in which all Wickey climbing frames can be constantly renewed – there is always something else to discover and a new way to play.
July 25th, 2013
Wickey Sandpit “Nadine 140″
Kids just love digging about in the sand and creating incredible constructions with it. A sandpit is therefore a required component of any garden, even if space is very limited. We have an excellent selection of sand pits that are also suitable for use in small areas.
An example of these is our pretty, shell-shaped sand pit. The lid can be fully opened to the side and filled with water on hot days. If you think back to your childhood, you will remember how glorious it was to play with that special mix of sandy mud and sludge. It is also easier to build castles and tunnels if the sand is slightly damp, otherwise they will soon fall in on themselves again. After playing, the lid can be closed again to keep out insects and dirt. This will also force next door’s cat to do its business somewhere other than in your sand pit.
Our Wendy houses + sand pit make a great combination. In this case, the sand pit is roofed over with a cute little house that is either installed permanently or, in the luxury models, can even be mobile. The roof will protect your children from strong sunlight and keep the rain away. Playing with sand in a Wendy house like this immediately makes it even more fun. You also save on space, as you can use the same floor space for two play sets.
You can order individual sand pits in a variety of shapes and sizes. As the smallest start from approx. one metre in diameter, it should be easy to find the right model for even small gardens. If you have a bit more space, feel free to order one of the larger models. When ordering a sandbox, don’t forget to buy a lid or tarpaulin as well to cover the sand pit and keep the play sand fresh for longer.
July 11th, 2013
Having decided to put up a slide for your children in your garden, you will now be facing the agony of choosing the right model. Should it be a small, straightforward plastic slide that can be placed anywhere or a climbing frame with an integrated slide? Or perhaps a spiral slide or a metal slide instead? These are the questions that you should answer first.
There are usually two obvious deciding factors: the age of your child or children and the space that you have for a slide.
If your children are younger, be aware that they will need to climb up the slide first, which means that you will need to be on hand to prevent accidents. In this case, a little plastic slide, which can be reached with just a few steps, will almost certainly be more suitable than a climbing frame, with its range of different options for playing and climbing.
If your children are a little older and can already climb and slide without any help, a climbing frame with an additional slide of an appropriate length will almost certainly provide more fun and more options. You will have to decide for yourself whether to choose a metal slide or a plastic slide.
However, be aware that regardless of which one you choose, you will still need enough space in which to set up your slide. Depending on its angle, the slide may need a longer run-out section. In contrast, wave and spiral slides take up less space, but will still need enough room for an appropriate run-out section.
Then, of course, material also plays a role. Plastic slides are weather-resistant and available in a range of colours; a fully galvanised metal slide will be equally weather-resistant, just not as brightly coloured.
July 5th, 2013
Swing Set Metal with 6 Seats
Trees, handrails, roof beams, door frames and flagpoles – nothing is safe from children who want to swing. And you don’t need much for a swing: a rope, a plank, a few knots and the fun can start. Only that’s not really safe, and it’s understandable that parents and other carers will start to worry about the risks of falls, falling branches, broken door frames and bent handrails. Better play safe and set up a proper swing frame and swing, which will ensure the children’s safety.
Swing frames come in all possible types and from a range of manufacturers such as Wickey. They vary by material as well as by size, stability and accessories. And safety, too: how are the swing frames anchored to the ground, how is the swing secured? Another crucial factor is the size and weight limits for which the swing frame and swing are approved. Lightweight frames are designed primarily for smaller children and most are made of plastic, weatherproof to a limited extent and anchored to the ground with metal hooks. Larger models are made of metal or wood, are at least two metres high and are anchored with metal hooks or dug a little way into the ground and secured. They are suitable for older children, too, and are more stable and largely weatherproof.
The size of the swing frame will depend not only on the amount of space that’s available for it but also on its height – the higher the children swing, the more stable the frame has to be and therefore the more widely spread the leg supports need to be. One further factor will also influence the size of the swing frame: what will hang from it and how it is suspended. A simple swing – that is, a plank and ropes – takes less space than a double swing, a net swing or a combination of these.
June 27th, 2013
Wickey plastic sandpit “Big Sand Watershell”
For most children, the sandbox will be their favourite place in the garden. Building castles, making “sand pies” or simply letting the sand run through your fingers – these are just some of the things you can enjoy for hours in a sand pit, which offers almost unlimited variety.
The plastic sandbox is particularly popular with families. It has several advantages over a wooden model and is also a great success with children.
For example, the majority of plastic sandpits do not need to be assembled, which of course ensures that they can be moved quickly and easily if necessary, particularly as these models are extremely lightweight. They can also be cleaned far more hygienically than a wooden sand pit. Another feature that many parents find attractive is their safety, as there is no danger of being hurt by a splinter in a plastic sand pit. And they look good too: the bright colours will invite your children, big or small, to go out and play, and put them in a good mood.
And another thing: many of the plastic sandboxes have an enchanting shell shape and can also be used as a paddling pool in the summer!
There is however one disadvantage. The bright colours we mentioned do not always last, as the effects of both weathering and sunlight have a negative effect on plastic sandpits in the long term. The unhappy result is that the colours fade, turning the once highly tempting play area into an unsightly box that will no longer seem attractive to your children.
To counteract this effect, place your sandpit in a sheltered, shady spot and cover it carefully during cold or wet weather. This will ensure that your plastic model remains attractive for longer, keeping your children interested in buckets, spades and sand moulds day after day.
June 20th, 2013
Wickey Climbing Frame Summerland
The climbing frame has come to replace the good old tree house of yesteryear. A climbing frame provides a protected and safe environment for those important experiences that belong to a happy, healthy childhood. Children need to move around
a lot. They need to train their motor skills repeatedly in order to develop healthily and appropriately for their age, but are being given fewer and fewer opportunities to do so: sitting down at school or play group for a long time, and then sitting in front of the TV in the evenings, often prevents today’s children from discovering their own limits through climbing and letting off steam. And yet physical fitness is incredibly important, as it generates self-confidence and stimulates children’s natural curiosity. Movement releases stress whilst also improving physical coordination and perception.
Children need to test their own limits to develop their spatial vision. They discover the world through their senses and through their bodies. Books, TV and computer games are unable to replace these experiences. By climbing around on a climbing frame, they learn to gauge distances, use their own strength correctly and overcome any feelings of fear that they might have. It is only outside in the natural world that children experience the changing seasons and see how nature and the weather change too.
June 13th, 2013
For children, playing on a slide is still one of the classic outdoor play activities. Not surprisingly, then, a vast selection of high quality and robust slides is available for every age group – at Wickey, for instance, there’s a comprehensive range covering all kinds of design for every taste and situation.
Slides are available as standalone models with a frame or as extensions to other play equipment. The latter kind are attached to an existing module such as a climbing frame, by means of ready-made attachments and pre-drilled holes. In this way, any climbing frame can be expanded with another attractive play option. A slide with its own frame, on the other hand, is the right choice wherever there’s not so much space or where construction and anchoring to the ground need to be kept really simple.
Slides – even extension slides – vary a lot in their shape and can be tuned to the children’s needs as much as to the space available on the ground. The classic shape is the straight slide, whose steepness can vary according to the age of the children. Older children, of course, want more action and thus steeper slides, while in all cases the sides of the slide offer maximum safety.
Curved slides, with bends or even a spiral, are another appealing option. Other popular models add a switchback to the “descent”, which intensifies the experience and provides additional excitement.
As far as materials are concerned, the choice is between highly robust, UV- and weather-resistant plastic, on the one hand, and stainless steel, which will not rust and is scratchproof, on the other. Wickey offers both. Both types are free from sharp edges, so children can play safely on all models of standalone and extension slides and enjoy themselves again and again.
June 10th, 2013
Even in this era of media communication, children still love their sand pits. This classic outdoor toy offers them new ways to play every day – preferably with their friends in a spacious, high-quality sand pit where everyone has enough room.
We have a wide choice of creative special models – a sand pit doesn’t always have to be round or square. Our range extends from boats through to covered sand pits reminiscent of a terrace. Our sand pits cater perfectly for every child’s preference and can be flawlessly integrated into your garden. The special models in particular make excellent use of space.
One example is our boat sand pit, complete with pirate sail, in which your children can undertake long voyages and have exciting adventures. The boat models allow your children to switch freely between the voyage at sea and playing in the sand, which they might use to make their travel provisions or mimic a storm. Children are highly imaginative in this respect.
One special boat sand pit has an additional cabin attached to it, which adds even more ways to play as well as making a good sunshade. A sand pit with integrated sunshade is in any case an important aspect for parents when selecting a sand pit, as their children’s sensitive skin should be protected from too much exposure to the sun.
So that your children can play without worrying about the sun, Wickey offers several special models with a sunshade or roof. The roof also protects the sand, not to mention your children’s artworks, from heavy rainfall.
So whether on the open sea or under a cosy roof, the sand pit is and remains a highly popular children’s toy.
May 31st, 2013
Round swing set
With a Wickey swing set the dream of “flying high” can be easily realised! The most difficult thing is deciding which swing set to opt for from our various models.
Basically there are three different swing types to choose from: swing sets with a frame made of square wooden beams, swing sets with a frame made of round wooden poles or those with a metal frame.
Our swings of square wooden beams make up our largest selection. The simplest model is a double swing with room for two swing seats. To this basic model you can attach a climbing net, a slide, a climbing wall, a sand pit or more swing seats. Every swing set is available with a height of 220 cm or 255 cm.
Your kids can also fly high with a swing made of round wooden poles. While the simplest swing set has room for one swing seat, there is also the larger double swing set for the garden, which has space for a slide, a rope ladder or a climbing ladder.
Our metal swings sets are made of a swing frame with steel tubes. These swing sets are indestructible! You can decide how many children will fit on the swing. Each metal swing set comes with swing seats –from 4 to 6 swing seats, everything is possible.
If the swing seats are not included with the swing set, then you can choose one or more from our large product range. From a baby seat through simple wood seats to swing buoys, we have all that a child’s heart desires!
May 10th, 2013
Climbing frame Mindy’s fun hotel
Once you have assembled your climbing frame, you will say to yourself that it really wasn’t that difficult. With the assembly manual in front of you and the correct tools to hand you will build the climbing frame in no time. We have diligently prepared everything you need. Each Wickey climbing frame is delivered with all the necessary beams, boards and posts. The 10 mm holes have already been precisely drilled into the climbing frame and you will receive the correct screws from us. Upon purchasing the climbing frame, we will provide you with helpful tips for anchoring it. The recommended ground anchors can be bought additionally from our online shop. In the climbing frame series Hyland, which is also suitable for public use, the ground anchors are actually included. That’s one less DIY worry for you.
With our do-it-yourself climbing frames, you will need to acquire the wood separately – either at the DIY store around the corner or as a wood set from our online shop. The DIY climbing frame is the right purchase for all passionate DIY hobbyists.
To ensure your children can play safely on the climbing frame, the only thing you still need after construction is the perfect floor covering. We recommend soft turf, or even better, play sand or safety tiles.
Have fun on your brand new climbing frame!