Build a Playset: Super Summer Kid Activities




Introduction: Build a Playset: Super Summer Kid Activities

About: MyFixitUpLife is a husband-and-wife’s home improvement obsessed lifestyle. Mark and Theresa are constantly fixing something up.

When school is out you need summer kid activities to keep the kids from morphing into their electronics. Plus you want to get outside and do some DIY, so here’s a backyard play set that does both.

This play set is geared for littler kids—no swings, ship’s bow, or moving parts. But it can be fun for kids of all ages who love to climb and scramble and jump. All the materials are readily available at a lumber yard or home center. We built this one with 2×6 and 2×4 Western Red Cedar. It’s easy to work with, looks great and stands up to the elements. What more can you ask for from summer kid activities? Here’s how we built this one.

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Step 1: Make the A-Frames.

Summer kid activities begin with some 2×6 and 2×4 Western Red Cedar.

Step 2: Assemble Each A-Frame.

Cut and assemble each A-frame. The top angle here is 35 1/2-degrees for each piece. Cut the top and both legs (for each A) and assemble. We’re already on our way to winning the contest with digital fun.

Step 3: Fasten the Skids to the Bottoms of the A-Frames.

To get the bottom angle, we simply laid a straight board across the bottom of the A, traced the angle, and cut it. Then we fastened the skid to the A-Frame. We centered our A-Frame legs in the middle of the 2×6 skid.

Step 4: Connect the A-Frames With 2×4, 4-feet Long.

Try to keep them as square as possible to each other.

Step 5: Connect the A-Frames.

Make one side solid, the other a ladder.

Step 6: Rip and Bevel the Top Pieces As Needed.

At the top of each A-Frame, cut angles to transition from the wall/ladder to the top deck. Angle: 35 1/2-degrees. The piece may have to be ripped down to fit.

Step 7: Keep Your Summer Kid Activities Safe; Add a Guardrail.

Step 8: Add Climbing Cleats to the Climbing Wall.

We used Spax screws and washers instead of through bolts.

Step 9: Sun’s Out. Time to Play!

Check out this video for more How-To.

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    6 Discussions


    Question 15 days ago on Introduction

    I tried downloading the pdf but it won’t allow me even after registering. How can I get a pdf copy to print?


    Question 6 weeks ago

    Did you sand the lumber or paint/treat it at all?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Any way you could add a slide to this thing?


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. I'd look at the slide's height requirement so you get the proper pitch on the slide (I think it's called the 'play platform' in the industry. Then modify the height of this playset to match the slide and then modify one of the hand rails so a child can slide through but still not fall off.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    Build it twice as high and my kids would love it. Build it 10 times higher and I would love it.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    NOW you are talkin' Hegure_ryu. Daredevil playgrounds. Bring it.