How to Make a Swing for a Toddler: 7 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Toddlers love swinging at the park. Bring that fun to your own backyard!

Your toddler probably adores running and playing outside at the local park's playground. One of his favorite activities there probably involves the swings. What kid doesn't love to swing? You can bring that fun home to your own backyard by making a swing for your toddler. Just choose a tree with a good, sturdy branch in your own yard, gather all of your materials and you are ready to make your little one his very own swing.


  1. 1
    Find a suitable location to install the toddler swing. Choose a tree that has a branch at least 8 inches around. It should hang out far enough from the trunk that you can place the swing at least 4 feet from it. Test the branch for strength to make sure it is not weak or damaged.
  2. 2
    Be sure that the area beneath the tree branch is soft, with no concrete or other items underneath.
  3. 3
    Construct the seat of the swing by nailing the cleats into the bottom of the seat, 1 inch from each end to prevent splitting. Drill holes into the center of the seat, next to the outside edge of each cleat.
  4. 4
    Run the rope through the top of one side of the seat, under the length of the seat and up through the bottom of the opposite end.
  5. 5
    Tie each end of the rope onto your tree limb, making sure your knot is tight and won't come loose.
  6. 6
    Adjust the swing rope length if necessary to make it hang at the proper height. Your toddler's new swing should hang no higher than 18 inches from the ground and no lower than 8 inches.
  7. 7
    Test the swing out by making sure it can safely hold you. If it can hold you up, then you know your little guy can safely swing on it.


  • Make sure your swing is installed at least 6 feet away from any other objects.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety glasses
  • Drill bit
  • Mildew resistant rope
  • 20 x 8-inch pine, 1-inch thick
  • 1 x 8-inch cleats
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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Categories: Education and Communications

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