When I was a kid, my dad, who is very creative, was always coming up with new inventions. One of his best ones was hangings swings or bars in our house for us girls to swing on. We spent hours of our day swinging, hanging, and playing on these bars. We had better upper body strength than any kid our age and we spent considerably less time watching t.v.
Now that I have kids of my own I wanted to give them that same gift, so I asked my dad to come over to help hang our first swings. First, we bought ski handle bars, chain, eye hooks, and carabiners. Then we found the center of our studs on the ceiling, drilled the holes, and screwed in the eye hooks. They are very secure and the kids spend hours a day on them. On a side note, we do replace the carabiners about once a year because they start wearing thin.
In our basement, we also have Olympic rings and cannon balls (think America Ninja Warrior) to change things up and help with their grip strength. The kids love swinging from bar to bar, hanging upside down, and acting like wild monkeys!
The swings are great for so many things including their core strength, grip strength, dexterity, fine motor skills, and to get energy out! They are also great for adults to work out and play on too! Here are a couple of photos of my children using them and the set up we have.
The eye hook in the ceiling and the carabiner attaching the chain to it. The chain makes it easy to adjust the height of the swing.
Evan hanging upside down from the Olympic rings.
Emmett (who just turned 2) loves to swing too!
Bella likes the swings to be lower so she can sit and swing.
Evan going across “Cannon Ball Alley”. It’s amazing watching him progress and get stronger!
Thanks for reading!