Getting a swing for your garden will not only provide your tot with endless hours of outdoor fun, but it’s also a brilliant way to encourage them to get outside in the fresh air to stay fit and healthy.
Swinging can also help develop their fine motor skills, such as grip strength; hand arm and finger coordination, increase social interaction and can even be calming.
Wooden garden swings are great for backyards, because not only are they sound when it comes to safety (they’re extremely durable and can support high weight capacities), but they also look good and aren’t prone to rusting.
These days swings come in all different shapes and sizes, from a simple single seater to adventurous big frames with slides and sandpits.
We’ve rounded up the best wooden swings for all budgets, garden sizes, as well as taking into account that all-important fun factor. Keep your tot entertained with our top picks...
The best wooden swings for tots
This swing set is perfect for little tots who get bored quickly as it comes with three fun swing seats. It’s eco-friendly too as the frame has been made from FSC certified timber and is suitable for 3 years +. With the help of two adults, this swing set can be assembled in just two hours.
Verified customer review: “Easy and simple to put together. Strong and sturdy. Only downfall is that you have to drill your own holes into the wood which wasn't stated when ordering but only took a few extra mins to do.”
This wooden swing comes with a slide, treehouse and sandpit to ensure hours of endless outdoor fun. Suitable for tots aged 3 years +, the double swing makes this perfect for larger families and with so many different areas to play on your tot will never get bored, infact, you may find yourself struggling to tear them away come dinner time.
Verified customer review: “Brought as a birthday present for my 3 year old son who absolutely loves it. It arrived very quickly and was kept up to date with times and dates that it was going to be delivered. Was easily assembled with 2 people. The quality of the wood is very good. It's very sturdy and I am sure it will last many years for my younger child to enjoy. It's very good as you can add accessories to it and change the swings if desired. Brilliant company to purchase from ans I am very happy with the product.”
Only got a small garden but more than one child? This swing nest is the perfect solution! The giant circular seat is big enough for two tots aged 3 years +, so you can avoid buying a larger swing which will take up more garden space. Your little ones can sit, kneel or lay in the strong fabric nest, which also has soft feel ropes for comfort and durability. The timber is FSC certified too and the frame also has wooden cross braces for extra stability. Parents should also know this swing does only take a maximum weight of 50kg (in case you were tempted to climb in).
Your tot will love this swing set which comes with a MagicSurf wobble plank, so they can pretend to ride some waves. It also comes with a climbing ladder and at the top is a high seat, perfect for budding little lifeguards, as well as two swings. This swing set does take a little longer to assemble as there are quite a few different elements to it, but the look on your tot’s face will be totally worth it. Suitable for children 3 years +.
If you’re looking for a swing that you’ll get plenty of use out of, then this is the swing for them. The seat and frame is designed to grow with your child and can be converted from a baby set to a full height swing, so it’s suitable for little ones starting from 12 months onwards. It’s also made from strong and sturdy timber, which has been pressure treated for additional strength and to protect the frame against wood rot.
Verified customer review: “This swing is sturdy and very easy to assemble. It's fun tiger themed seat is very attractive for the children.. This is good value for money as it transforms to accommodate the child's growth.”
If you’re simply after a good quality single seat swing then this one from Plum Play is a great contender for your garden. Suitable for 3 years +, this swing set is made from sturdy round pole timber and has cross braces for added stability. It also comes with ground anchors so you can make sure the swing is set firmly to the ground and the seat’s height can even be adjusted to suit your tot as they grow.
Jungle Gym have been making safe and sustainable playground equipment for over 70 years. As well as a swing, this set also comes with some trapeze bar rings, which can be customised with one Jungle Gym’s twist disks or sling swings. Designed in the shape of an ‘A’ for extra stability, this set can be built in just two hours with the help of two adults and is suitable for children aged 3 years +.
This is arguably every child’s dream swing set and features not only two comfortable swing seats, but a wave slide, climbing stones, monkey bars, sandpit and tower platform. There’ll be plenty of hours spent outdoors, helping your tot to stay fit and healthy. This swing set also comes with four ground anchors, a 10 year guarantee against rot and insect infestation and is suitable for 3 years +.
Verified customer review: “Yes nice product, instructions could do with being in a bigger print , which would make them a lot easier to glance at when working. My little grandson loves it though. (Gampy was a hero) so the work was worth it just to see the joy and happiness on his face. ?”