Fun and compact
I spent days comparing plastic and wooden playstructures; I decided on this one because it delivers the most fun for its compact size. Nothing else fit a swing, sandbox, slide, and playhouse in an 8'x9' footprint. In comparison, the best bang for your buck.
My husband has trouble following printed directions, and was only able to get the sandbox together. So we worked together and were able to put the whole thing together in several hours. We used the included tools as well as power tools.
The wood split in a couple of places because of knots in the grain, but it still appears to hold the bolts. The sandbox boards are a little warped so they bow a little in length of the board. We plan on putting a plastic tarp in for the sand, anyway, so not a big deal. The parts were all labeled and accounted for. Overall, a rewarding project for a Saturday morning.
Our boys, ages 23 months and 4 years, were thrilled with the finished product. There is just enough room for both of them. The playhouse is really cute with opening shutters and a window box planter. They love those features, and gleefully rode the slide. The slide is just long enough to be fun. They both tried out the swing; the 4-year-old feels more comfortable on it, but his feet touch the ground. The plastic chain covers make it difficult to adjust the swing, but I think if the plastic were cut, the chain could be shortened and the swing could sit higher.
The boys have already enjoyed many hours of fun on this, and they want to invite a friend to come and play. I think it will be a little tight for 3 kids, but I'm sure they will still have fun. I would recommend this playset if you have 1 or 2 kids and a small yard.
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