Building a Leprechaun trap for St Patricks Day is always tricky. As St Patrick's day is just around the corner, we thought it is a perfect time to try and catch a Leprechaun (and find the pot of gold). The idea is to design a trap for them the night before St Patricks Day, in the hope that you will wake up and find your very own Leprechaun who can lead you straight to his pot of gold- as a bribe for his release. They are very rich because they earn good money from their shoemaking business, where they make shoes for fairies. Each Leprechaun has a pot of gold and they hide it in places only they can reach. The end of the rainbow is the most famous example. Some folklore stories say that a Leprechaun must grant three wishes in exchange for freedom. What wishes would you wish for? We'd definitely wish for a super duper climbing frame.
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Tomorrow the 14th of February is the closing date for communities to apply for the playground grant. Community groups interested in a new playground must fill out the expression of interest form to receive grant aid for the development of community projects and outdoor gyms. County Wexford has taken the lead with a super initiative in their five-year plan. The strategic plan will be in place from 2017 to 2022, to develop playgrounds in towns around the county of Wexford. They are going to develop up to thirteen playgrounds. Communities who wish to develop children’s playgrounds can be awarded grants up to twenty five thousand euro. You can read all about the leader funding program here. Continue reading →
In recent years, sensory swings for kids with disabilities, have been widely adopted in therapy. Sensory swings especially help people on the autism spectrum, kids with Asperger’s syndrome or kids with a sensory processing disorder. These swings have many therapeutic benefits. Kids with these disabilities often find it difficult to process their movements and movements around them. This is called a vestibular dysfunction. Most of us are aware of our five senses (hearing, touch, smell, sight, and taste). However, the sixth important sense which is often forgotten is the vestibular sense (the movement sense). This is responsible for how we process stimuli around us and navigate our bodies. Continue reading →
We're delighted that our STT savings club is now launched. Kickstart the new year with STT Savers Club and create a memorable childhood for your kids with only a little investment each month. The main focal point of any childhood is the outdoor play structure, whether it is a treehouse, swing or playhouse, they provide an experience kids will remember and look back fondly as adults. You are not just investing in a new toy or gimmick, you are investing in their wellbeing. In Ireland an unthinkable amount of money is spent on meaningless children’s toys which keep them entertained for less than a week until they are just tossed into the corner or added to the pile of forgotten toys stored in the press with cob webs forming on them. Continue reading →
Here it is the list of top outdoor toys from Santa this Christmas. All the elves here at STT Swings have been extremely busy helping Santa to pack his Christmas sack. We are not sure how he manages to get all of the orders out on time, or where he fits them all on his sleigh, but every year he manages to do it. This year we are really excited to share what we have been helping him with and they are some lovely items that will bring fun all year round. Continue reading →
Our latest product range includes play area safety surfaces for playgrounds and homes. As we write this, the snow is falling in Carlow, roads footpaths and gardens are frosty, white and cold. Although it’s tricky to get out and about on the roads, there’s no doubt that Christmas is in the air. In this type of weather, safe play areas are more important than ever. This year we have introduced a range of play area surfaces with safety in mind. We’ve put together a list below, explaining the difference between each one. We have placed a link to each within the relevant paragraph. Please feel free to call us on 059 913 2844 if you have specific needs or questions or want to get a quote. Continue reading →
We want to make a deserving family’s Christmas very special this year, with our Santas Sack Christmas Toy Giveaway competition. If you'd like to enter this competition, it is running on our Facebook page. (You can also enter via any ad campaigns that we use to drive the competition across Facebook). We are running 2 Christmas competitions in the month of November (2017). In this first competition, we are giving away a super Christmas toy from a choice of 2 , and in our second competition we are giving away a garden single Swing sethandmade by our elves here in Carlow, so whether it’s for a girl or a boy we have the perfect toy for your chosen family. You get to choose between Disney’s 'Princess Ariel Land to Sea' Dollhouse or the Disney Pixar 'Cars 3' Florida Racetrack Set and Table. Both toys are for ages 3 years and upwards. Continue reading →
As we love being outside here in STT Swings we thought what could be better this midterm than to create a Halloween Hooley in the garden. Like all you nature lovers, we don’t care what the weather’s like (well storm Ophelia aside). Food and hot drinks taste even better outside don’t you think? We especially love snuggling up in the tree house with a hot chocolate (extra marshmallows) and watching the steam rise, yumalicious. And it’s even better when you’re dressed up in fancy dress. There’s no set date for a Halloween Hooley, it’s your midterm, so you decide when you want to host the “party to end all parties”.
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As we head into Halloween we thought it was the perfect time to share ways to create a wildlife sanctuary in your garden. Once all your hard work is done, you can sit back in your garden den (or hide under the (climbing frame) and watch all the little creatures arrive for your very own ‘Ugly Bug Ball’. Any garden, no matter how small, can be made into a nature reserve and if we all do our bit, we can create a magical protected space for our wildlife. Continue reading →