Q: I have a 14-month-old who wants to do nothing but climb, sometimes to his own peril, and a three year old who is just the opposite and needs to be encouraged to climb more and be more physical. We live in an apartment a few stories off the ground and not in very close vicinity to playgrounds with climbing equipment (not to mention our rainy Seattle climate). I would love to get my boys some kind of indoor toy (or other?) that might serve both purposes without being overly expensive - think around or under $100, not big plastic and ugly, and that could be put away when we need to use our full living space for company…
Sent by Danielle
cont...So far the best looking thing I've seen is the Ikea slide, but it doesn't look like it would store very well. I have also thought about some large blocks, but the ones that are truly made for climbing that might be seen in a Gymboree are ridiculously expensive. Help me think outside the box so I can get moving on Christmas shopping!
Editor: A lot of parents look for ways to keep their kids physically active at home especially during the winter months. Readers, what ideas do you have for Danielle? Do you have the Ikea slide and can give her feedback?
One thought that wouldn't take up too much space is a climbing net. Your youngest would need to be supervised, but they're not expensive and don't take up too much room. However, I'm not sure if and how they can be installed inside. Shown here is the Swing-N-Slide Climbing Cargo Net, $50.
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