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Made popular by such manufacturers as Playskool and Little Tikes, plastic climbing frames are made of high impact, sturdy plastic that can withstand weather and rugged use. Bright colors, rounded corners and clever designs make plastic climbing frames perfect choice for toddlers and small children. Generally closer to ground, it often features holes and tunnels for crawling and climbing, broad-based support for safety and slides with rounded rails to prevent tumbles.
Finally, there are hybrids - metal frames with wooden structures or plastic components like crawling tunnels and climbing walls. These are most often found in public playgrounds, but there are some available to build in your backyard. They may be based on a metal frame with a wooden structure or canvas tent, or have a plastic crawling/climbing tube up to a wooden platform.
Considerations when buying a climbing frame for your back yard or garden include age of children, amount of use it will get, aesthetic considerations and safety features. A well-constructed climbing frame, whatever material, is one of best investments you can make for your family's recreation needs.
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