If you didn’t already know this about 7-year-old girls, I am here to tell you that they spend most of their awake hours upside down; cartwheeling, hand-standing, in ‘bridges,’ and will hang off ANYTHING. It’s only because I remember being a 7-year-old-girl and being permanently upside down myself that I could rest assured that this state of ‘upsidedowness’ was perfectly normal, and more than that, is great for building strength, flexibility and coordination.
It’s for this reason that this year for Stella’s birthday I knew without a doubt that the most useful present would be something that facilitated and encouraged hanging and it was soon into my search for jungle gyms that I discovered Funky Monkey Bars. There was something about this product that I knew was a little bit genius. Its slimline design meant it was going to be unobtrusive in our front yard and wouldn’t interfere with our house facade but I was seriously attracted to its modular design. It meant that we could start with one model and add to it down the track.
We went with the Orangatun with the flying fox and swing addition and needless to say, it was a hit! The look on her face when she saw it through the window was memorable. I could see her mind ticking over trying to work out what it was. It’s the first thing the kids see when they arrive home from school and they’re like moths to a flame. I’m so sick of buying presents that my kids use for a day and then discard. Like the trampoline and pool, I expect that the Funky Monkey Bars will be one of those things that the kids will keep coming back to and never grow tired of and so far so good. It’s also a bonus to have a winter go-to whist it’s too cold to use the pool.
A few weeks ago we really put it to the test when we hosted Stella’s birthday party in our front yard with kids aged 3 to 10 giving it burl. It was interesting to see how it challenged them differently (some are more acrobatic than others). It turns out that Paddy, who spends every lunch break playing soccer (not monkeying around), has poor upper body strength compared to Stella, whom I’m sure is half monkey (Paddy naturally has his sights set on the soccer net attachment).
I mentioned that you can choose your design but you can also choose from a selection of colours. This is important to someone like me, who considers their house aesthetic in every move. The green and blue was the right choice in our case to blend seamlessly with the natural setting (although, our grass is more brown than green these days – it’s on the to-do list).
It arrived flat packed and it took Michael a couple if hours to put together. Although, it’s not his first time assembling a present in the dark the night before, you don’t need to be handy to put this together. The instructions are thorough and it can go on any flat, cushioned surface, ideally grass. I don’t need to tell you that concrete is not an ideal landing material should a child fall.
Now to the part you really want to hear……….
Together with Funky Monkey Bars, we’re giving away The Original Funky Monkey bars valued at $990. The Original is the starting point for any of the Funky Monkey Bar modular frames made for the backyard. If you start with the height-adjustable, free-standing, Original and you can add more bars, swings, sports and fitness equipment over time to suit the growing age and interests of your kids (t has a footprint of 5m x 2.7m). Sooooooooooooo good!
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