The winter months are quickly approaching, and if you’re like us, you’ve been spending a lot more time at home these past few months! So, it’s important to get your kids outside while you still can. Check out these 10 fall-inspired ideas to get your kids out from behind their screens and begging to go outside.

  1. Pumpkin Decorating. Head to a pumpkin patch, or local grocery store, and let your kids pick out a pumpkin or two to decorate. For easy (and safe) decorating, load up on markers, stickers, and paint. Setup space outside and let them have at it!
  2. Backyard Camping. Before it gets too cold out, set up camp for your family to enjoy in your own backyard. Make s’mores, tell ghost stories, and enjoy the spooky nighttime sounds. If you have a Green Tree Woodworks swing set, this can even serve as your campsite.
  3. Build a Scarecrow. Challenge your children to build a scarecrow using only items from around, and outside of, the house. Showcase in your front yard for your neighbors to enjoy.
  4. Mums the Word! Pass on your green thumb and plant some mums with your children. If you want to keep them outside longer, encourage them to decorate the pots and planters which will be used.
  5. Build a Fort. If you have a Green Tree Woodworks swing set, you are already halfway there. Use pillows, blankets, and outdoor lighting to make it a space your kids can enjoy during day and night.
  6. Leaf Collection. Task your kid(s) to collect as many leaves as possible and work to identify what type of leaves they are.
  7. Scavenger Hunt. Create a list of nature items most applicable to the fall season and send your kids off to collect. Perhaps even hide some treats for them to find.
  8. Fall Art. Using paper and crayons, show your kids how to trace leaves to admire their intricate details. Or, challenge them to create a masterpiece using only yellow, brown, red, and orange items found outside.
  9. Raking Leaves. While we may see it as a chore, kids often see it as an opportunity! Encourage your kids to rake the largest leaf piles to jump in! Or, provide them with bags to stuff and decorate to look like pumpkins.
  10. Enjoy a Swing Set. A swing set is a perfect place for your child to cozy up, drink hot chocolate, or burn off that extra energy. Explore the variety of wooden swing sets and playsets we have to offer.

With over 25 years of experience, Green Tree Woodworks specializes in creating adventure and memories that last a lifetime with handcrafted swing sets and playsets. Whether you’re considering purchases a pre-designed swing set or customizing your own, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our competitive pricing and handcrafted products.

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While most of us look forward to that first snow, the winter months can also bring that unwanted cold weather, freezing rain, and ice. If you are a backyard swing set owner, these upcoming weeks are an important time to begin taking action to winterize your swing set or playhouse. Keep reading to learn our top tips for keeping your swing set in tip-top shape during the winter months that lie ahead.

Complete a Maintenance Check-Up
To keep your swing set in its best condition, frequently inspect your set for any issues, and address them before the winter months hit. Some things to check for can include loose screws, cracked wood or plastic, rust, mold, and/or insect damage. You can also note any normal wear and tear that may need to be fixed. By addressing these issues when they arise, you are preventing larger problems down the line. 

Hold a Quick Clean-Up
It’s important to clean off your swing set before the winter months set in. Wet leaves and other debris can soak into the wood causing undesirable mildew damage or mold. Once your swing set is clear, wash it down with a hose and mild soap. If you choose to use a power washer, make sure to use a gentle setting as it may damage the wood. Keeping your swing set clean will help the wood keep its appearance over time and make restaining and resealing easier.

Reseal and Restain
If you have a wooden swing set or playhouse, one of the best things you can do to enhance its lifespan is to consistently seal and restain it. We recommend every 4 years, but you can do it more often (1-2 years) if you prefer. There are all sorts of sealant and stain options, so make sure to check in with your manufacturer on what they suggest. 

Cover What You Can
If you live in an area that has very cold and snowy winters, and you are certain your kid won’t be eager to play outside, you may want to consider covering the entire swing set with a tarp or perhaps just portions of it. This will help keep it safe from the elements and extend its longevity. Another option is to remove parts of your swing set that run the risk of being weighed down by heavy snow, such as the slide, swings, rope ladder, or playhouse roofing.

Winterizing your swing set is one of the best ways to maintain its appearance, ensure your child’s safety, and lengthen its overall lifespan. By following these useful tips, you are one step closer to creating memories that last a lifetime.

With over 25 years of experience, Green Tree Woodworks specializes in creating adventure with our handcrafted swing sets and playsets. Whether you’re considering purchases a pre-designed swing set or customizing your own, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our competitive pricing and delivery and setup services.

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