My First Trampoline Review
The best outdoor toy I have bought is a small trampoline. As well as jumping on it, the trampoline is a spaceship, pirate ship, gladiator arena and a 'house' where on summer evenings dinner is often eaten.
The 'My First Trampoline' was the smallest 'proper' trampoline that I could find. I don't have a large garden but I did want my son, then two years old, to have a trampoline to bounce on. At the time it cost me around £80. Now you can pick up the same model for a little less. The cheapest I could find it while writing this was at Trampled Underfoot for £69, including delivery.
It is now three years later, he's five years old, and it is still the most popular toy in the garden. The My First Trampoline takes weights up to 8 stone, so I'm hoping we'll get a little bit more use out of it.
I can say, hand on heart, that it was an absolute doddle to put up. That's because I didn't have to do it. My husband and my step-daughter did and they've got a rather different view. That might be more down to the dynamic of father and daughter working together. However at the end of the afternoon we had a beautifully set up trampoline that looked just like the picture on the box.
Ours is on a patio, so we can't secure it down. My First Trampoline does come with pegs though. Even with three five year old boys playing 'gladiator' using the net to bounce off, it still stayed upright and hardly moved.
The poles around the outside of the My First Trampoline are covered with foam, and it is only now three years later that the foam is starting to split. This has been encouraged by my son and his friends playing 'ship ahoy', which involves using the foam lagging to spin around and around. The net has suffered the most however.
It has been out in all weathers, and it is only with last year's deep snow that the first signs of damage appeared. As you can see in the picture, the net split along the seam at the top. I've mended it for now with white nylon twine.
Luckily I managed to find an online store that was selling off all its bits and pieces of My First Trampoline stock, and got the net plus foam padding surround for £20 including postage. The one downside of this trampoline is that spare parts are not readily available.
So tell me - what is the most indespensible toy in your garden? Do you have a trampoline and what were your experiences like?