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We have a big garden with lots of outdoor toys. Whatever the weather my two children are playing outside and loved our slide and would be on it taking turns for ages, only problem was my 3 year old was getting far too big for it and her feet were pretty much touching the floor before she'd even started to slide down! I started looking for a bigger slide to replace our little one. I came across the little tikes large slide, it sells for about £90, but I came across a second hand one for £15, bargain!! I snapped it up straight away, one of the best purchases I've ever made. It is the usual fantastic little tikes quality and made out of very good quality plastic. It is extremely chunky and sturdy. It is also huge! Such a good size! I know it will last my for my children for many years to come. It has a bar going under the slide which can be undone and the slide can then be folded up pretty flat and stored away if that's what is needed although ours stays out and gets used all year round. We thought this was such a good buy that we went out and bought a new one for the children to be able to play with it at my mum's house. It comes packed up and needs assembling. Its not the easiest to put together to begin with but it is fine if you just take your time and read the instructions!! Overall another brilliant toy from little tikes and I would definitely recommend!
We bought one of these for our daughters birthday after seeing and using it at our local mother and toddler group. We have a small garden, but as this is can also be used inside, it is an all year round toy. It is very sturdy, being made of very chunky plastic, and quite happily takes a combination of many small children and toddlers all queuing up the steps to use it! There is a small bump as they hit the ground, making for lots of giggles - it also means you can put a padded mat down for them to land on should you feel the need. As it is all plastic, it is completely wipe clean - my children have made it into a mudslide for action men and barbie dolls, and a quick blast with the hose pipe and its as good as new. From a safety aspect, there is no faulting this product. It has a safety latch to keep it open and secure when in use, this then unlatches so it can be folded and put away until next time. Just make sure, (as common sense would tell you!) to put it on a flat surface/area of your lawn and there should be no problems, other than getting the kids off it when it's time to come in for tea!!!
A slide is a great addition to a little persons garden and my little girl loves hers. We don't really have room for a swing in our garden so we compromised and bought her a slide instead. This was her favourite thing to do at the local playground and she would literally spend hours going up and down the slide if we let her so we knew she would love it and its fun to have one that she can play with whenever she wants. This slide is from Little Tikes and I've been very impressed with the quality of it so far. The slide is for kids aged 3 plus but I think it depends on how well you think your little one would cope with it. Its quite high as baby slides go, about five foot so if you have a child who is scared of heights I would suggest waiting until they are at least about three but at 2 and a half and as my little girl loves slides and seems to have no fear we thought it would be fine for her and it is. The slide is made of a thick tough plastic and I find it very sturdy and feel fine with letting my little one climb up and down it. Obviously I've shown her the proper way to use it and I don't let her stand when she gets to the top, nor do I let her climb back up the slide, she must always use the steps but as far as this goes I don't worry about it tipping over or being a problem for her. There are 4 fairly thick and wide steps to climb up and you can hold onto the side of the steps to help you get up so its quite safe in that respect. Then when you actually go down the slide it has quite high sides. Obviously she could still fall over the side but when she puts her bum down there is no fear of her falling out if she just over to the side a bit which is nice and comforting to know. The only thing I don't like is once she gets to the end there is a bit of a drop between the end of the slide and the ground so you get that bit of a bump when you get to the end but after initially not liking this bit my little girl now finds this quite fun and after all, a bump at the end of the slide is something you expect anyway. The slide is nice and smooth so my little girls slides down easily but its not too slick that you go way too fast. This slide was easy to assemble when we got it and although we leave it put together and store it in our garage you can take it apart to store it fairly easily if you wish. The slide clips into the top of the stairs on either side. There is also a support bar that goes from the steps to the slide portion and that is it, simple yet sturdy and effective. I suppose as this is made of plastic you could leave it out in the garden even if it does rain but like I've said above we like to store it in the garage after use. Its fairly easy to lift although a bit awkward when its up to manoeuvre with just one person. We got our slide in green and yellow, green steps and a nice bright yellow slide portion. It cost in the £40-50 region if I remember rightly and is a fun addition to our garden.
Little Tikes Large Slide When my brother was around 3 years old my grandparents next door neighbours kindly gave us their Little Tikes Large Slide as their son was too big for it and no longer used it so they thought James might enjoy it when he went to visit. The version of the slide that we were given had purple steps and a large straight red slide. A quick search online shows me that the slide can be purchased in a range of colours including greens, yellows and blues, depending where it is purchased from. The Little Tikes Large Slide is available in both a wavy and a straight version. The slide has 4 steps which are made out of a really thick, tough plastic. They are really chunky looking and are hollow inside making them reasonably lightweight. At the bottom of the steps are 2 outwards facing stabilisers which do provide a stable base for the slide and prevent it from tipping over. The slide itself is made from the same thick, tough plastic as the steps and like the steps it is also hollow throughout and reasonably lightweight. I'm not sure of the exact length of the slide, but I am 5ft 1 inch and if I lie on the slide then I am the same length so I would say it is around 5ft in length. The slide was already assembled when we received it, however as we have since sold the slide now that James is too big I have experience of both assembling and dismantling the slide. The slide has 4 parts to it: the actual slide, the steps and 2 support bars. Assembling the slide is really easy and can be done by one person with ease. I found the easiest way to assemble the slide was to stand the steps up, they will balance fairly well without support while you then balance the slide on top of them. There is a yellow plastic support bar attached to the underneath of the slide, this needs to be clipped onto the steps and a metal support rod which needs to be pushed through a hole in the slide and steps to secure the two together. This is it, the slide is complete. To dismantle the slide is also just as easy and is done by unclipping the plastic support bar and removing the metal support rod. If you want to simply store the slide without taking it apart then you can just unclip the plastic support rod and the slide will fold neatly in two and fit nicely into your garden shed or garage. When James was younger and shorter he used to love playing on this slide during the summer visits to our nan, however as he got older and almost as tall as the slide, the excitement wore off! James is now 8 years old and a huge 4 foot and 9 inches tall, so this summer the decision was made to sell the slide. I took it to a local car boot sale, which obviously involved getting the slide into my car, at the time I had a VW Golf which was rather spacious, I did struggle to get the slide into the back seat and it was longer than the width of the car so in the end I had to knock the seats down and lie it in the car this way, so bear in mind it isn't the type of slide you can easily transport or take away with you. In the time that we had the slide we found it to be very hardwearing and sturdy. Considering it is so lightweight we were quite impressed to find that even in high winds the slide moved around the patio area but never blew over. This may be due to the fact that there was no resistance like on grass so it didn't have change to fall or it could be due to the wide stabilisers on the steps balancing it. I cannot say for sure which. The slide never got stored away in the winter so it has survived all weathers. We found after the winter we often needed to give it a good clean with hot soapy water as moss seemed to like growing on it and spiders liked to make it their new home. When I took the slide apart I did notice that the plastic had faded in colour and the red on the underneath of the slide was a lot brighter, but this was only a colour fade and didn't affect the strength of the slide in anyway. The slide is very durable and withstood not only my brothers weight but also mine and sometimes the two of us together and there were no signs of fatigue in the slide or the steps. The recommended age for the slide is 3+. I would say this is about right as it is a nice length and will give your children a good few years playtime before they get too big for it. As I said at the start of my review, we were given this slide as a gift so I don't know how much was originally paid for it, however looking online now I can see a new slide is retailing for around the £50 - £60 mark. Personally I would say this is a little more than I would be willing to pay, not because the slide isn't well made, because it is very well made, but because of the size of the slide and the speed children grow at you might not get many years use from it. I would still recommend the slide, but definitely shop around before paying full price for one! Thanks for reading! :)