I know from experience that kids and trampolines go together well. Jumping, bouncing, energy consumption, all good things.
Whether the weather is cold and wet, or blistering and dry, the kids will want to be outside on the trampoline.
Trampolines come in all sizes and don’t have to break the bank. The trampoline that we have was purchased for $40 in a yard sale. We had to repair a few of the welds that hold the legs on, but to the handy father, that is no problem!
It is used, but it has been in our possession for about 4 years, and although it shows wear, and the protective padding is missing, it provides at least an hour of fun everyday.
Personally, I don’t think all of the safety features on today’s trampolines are completely necessary, but there are many features and options available. Some of the trampoline safety features available are ladders, safety pads to cover the springs, and enclosure nets. Another way to make a trampoline safer would be to dig a pit and put the trampoline over it, bringing the trampoline top to ground level and eliminating the likelihood of falls.
A few fun activities my kids enjoy on the trampoline include keep-away with a small ball, and putting a Lawn Sprinkler under the trampoline. For some reason they love me to come up and give them a “hug”, and by hug I mean just before they hug me, I have to push them down, and the next of my three children comes up for their “hug”.
Another handy activity on the trampoline that kids just love is sidewalk chalk! Kids get to express their creativity, and the rain does the cleaning! Handy fathers don’t love cleaning, but they do love fun!
Do you have a trampoline? What activities do you handy fathers see your kids doing on their trampoline?