When considering ‘size’ we are not necessarily considering the length and breadth, but the height, the height of the swings, the slide etc. One of the biggest mistakes that mum and dad make is to buy a climbing frame that has a low platform height and consequently a low roof height. Though there is a certain appeal to this as this will be cheaper and look less opposing in the garden, if the climbing frame is too low, the slide will be shallow and the climbing elements not over challenging.
Though there is no such thing as an average child, they all differ in terms of their physical coordination and bravery there is no reason that a 3 year old child should not play safely and happily on what we deem to be ‘full-sized ‘ wooden climbing frames (please though always refer to individual manufacturer's recommendations). The critical dimensions to look out for area.
The platform height – 1.5m
Swing arm height – 2.4m
Overall height - circa 3.0m
If your proposed purchase meets all of these measurements your child will have a play frame that they will find challenging until they are a teenager. Many manufacturers make ranges that are far smaller and lower than this and though they are more than adequate for 3-8 year olds, they will soon lose their appeal as your child gets older. So though the climbing frame may look big in a brochure or website, always check the dimensions.