Winter weather is almost upon us, and that might mean that some outdoors activities (like going to parks and playgrounds) might not be possible for a while. But keeping your kiddos cooped up indoors isn’t going to help them expel their energy — or save your sanity, either. StairSlide lets you turn your house into a fun (and safe) playground and the best part is that it will keep your kid occupied for hours.
When you take your child to the park, the slide is usually the one piece of playground equipment that kids clamor for. Now they can have their own, thanks to StairSlide. Although it might not initially look like much out of the box, the super strong pieces of plastic convert quickly into something quite magical. You can either create a low impact option which is aimed for kids ages 5 and under and weighing up to 100 pounds. Or you can opt for the high adventure; with this setup, the StairSlide starts at the top of the stairs and ends right at the very bottom of the stairs.
Once you’ve picked the staircase that’s going to transform into a slide, setup is simple. You’ll adjust the StairSlide sections by overlapping them and covering the slide’s curves for a seamless transition. You’ll need to allow 2-3 inches between the slides and the wall to avoid your child’s fingers from getting pinched or stuck.
Whether you’re opting for the low impact or high adventure setups, you’ll need something soft to cushion your kid’s landing. Soft cushions can create a safer landing spot, so place a pile of pillows on the floor for safety. You’ll want to have at least one foot of landing area for each stair covered, so make sure that your child has ample room once they come down the slide.
And of course, if you’re converting your staircase into a slide, there are other safety measures to keep in mind. Obviously, adult supervision is a must when your child is using the slide, and you might find that you have to adjust the StairSlide after each use, in case your kid accidentally moves a piece out of place. As for the sliding itself, your child should always go down in the seated position with their knees bent so that they (ideally) land on their feet. And as tempting as it might be to go head-first, kids should always slide feet first and go one at a time.
When the weather isn’t working in your favor, you can always have fun by snapping StairSlide together and let your child (and you) have a blast taking turns zipping down your stairs together.