Tuesday, August 31, 2010

tyre swing

A tree:

A tyre:


Add some rope and you've got yourself a rope swing:


One of the joys of childhood -
whether you are happy just to sit and sway:


or be a bit more adventurous:


Where would we preschool teachers be without old tyres?

(Juliet from I'm a Teacher get me Outside of Here also pays homage to the humble tyre in the preschool playground in her post Tyres.)

17 comments:

  1. can't help but love this - we are definetly putting in a tyre this spring or maybe with the help of santa

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  2. I would love to have a tyre swing, they're great. I know we had one at the pre school I went to and I loved it.

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  3. This is on my wish list for the children. The only thing we are missing is a tree for the tyre swing. It looks like so much fun!

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  4. I remember doing this as a child and when my daughter was little we put up a tire swing for her too! Brings back great memories:)

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  5. Oh boy Jenny you just can't beat a good ol' tyre swing. Thanks for the memories!
    Donna :) :)

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  6. Oh wow, I haven't seen a tyre swing in a LONG time. Such fun!

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  7. Hi Jenny

    Thanks for the link to my "Tyres" post. However...you've caught my interest and attention...is that a mountain bike tyre in one of the photos? I'd never thought of that possibility...hmm!

    Squigglemum http://squigglemum.com/kids/climbing-trees/ has a tree climbing post at the moment. I think we need an international tree climbing & tyre swinging day.

    Best wishes
    Juliet

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  8. Nothing beats the old favorites. I can almost feel the joy, even without seeing the faces!

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  9. Oh, for a tree in our yard sturdy enough for a tire swing!!!! I loved mine as a child and am going to convince a neighbor to let us put one up soon, I think.

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  10. Thanks for the comments everyone. Juliet - not sure where the tyre came from. One of our Dad's donated a whole bunch of them. These are perfect because they are so easy for the kids to move around the place.

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  11. Well that's what I was thinking. Oh and for all your readers, if you want some guidance over tree swings re health and safety, how to install, etc, here's some up-to-date guidance: http://www.londonplay.org.uk/document.php?document_id=1542

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  12. I was made to go one the tyre swing at the park the other day, you know the ones with 3 chains that spin around and around? Like I don't get nauseus (sp?) enough on a regular swing! But, Princess loves it. I also had to push all her "imaginary" friends and babiees on their swings too. *sigh*

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  13. Maybe you should tell Princess that her imaginary friends know how to push themselves on the swings ;)

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  14. I just took down the tire swing that has been in my yard since my now 13-year-old was little, although I hadn't had any rope around so I hung it from bungie cords. As they got older, the kids were able to bounce up so high that they hit their heads on the branches! =)

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  15. I always found a tyre swing had so much more swing range than a regular swing, real flight simulation. Another bonus was the comfort and softness of the rubber. On the downside was often a small collection of water held in the rim and the possibility of spiders.

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  16. I have such great memories of tyre swings of my childhood. And rolling tyres with a stick. Ahh fun :) Thank you for the trip down memory lane :)

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  17. I wish we had a tree mature enough to hold a tyre swing, such fantastic fun!

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