Did you have a tire swing in the backyard when you were a kid? If you did, you know how fun it can be to sit on a tire as you glide back and forth beneath the branches of a sturdy old tree. Traditional tire swings are still popular today. In fact, many parents and grandparents like these swings because they give new life to an old tire. Let's look at some simple ways you can make a traditional tire swing even more fun for the little ones in your life. Enjoy!
Paint Your Tire
Who says that a tire swing has to be monochromatic? One way to spruce up your tire swing is to paint it. You can paint it in a child's favorite color or even choose a color that matches your home. Be sure to use outdoor paint so the color can withstand the rain, snow, and sunlight without losing its true color. If you want to get even more creative with colors, find a template and add a design to your tire swing. You could decorate it with a line of waddling ducks or make a galaxy of stars on your tire. Get the young ones to help you decide on a design for their backyard swing.
A Tire Swing With an Animal Theme
If you have a child or grandchild who likes horses, you may want to try making a pony tire swing. This project takes a little more time and effort, but kids can really let their imaginations run away with them as they play on this unique swing. I suggest that you let the kids decorate the pony with outdoor paint to make it all their own.
Twin Tire Swings
If you have a traditional tire swing, why not choose another sturdy branch for a second one? That way, two children can swing outside at one time and no one has to wait for a turn on the tire! I think kids would enjoy being able to talk and laugh as they swing. Be sure to hang the swings far enough apart so they can't crash into one another while the kids are having a ball.
Enhancing the Tire Swing Experience
There are simple things that can add to the fun of a tire swing in the backyard. One idea is to put a lawn sprinkler near the tire swing and turn it on so the child gets a shower every time they coast through the spraying water. This is a great option for a hot summer day. Kids can take a portable radio or CD player outside with them and play some tunes as they swing back and forth. Or kids can play a game where they put a line of beach balls on the ground near the tire swing to see how many they can kick as they swing in that direction.
But don't leave all of the fun to the kids. Try taking a turn or two on the tire swing just to see what all the fuss is about! Thanks for reading. - Alan