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3 Tug of War Want a new way to swing? Have your little one lie on the swing on her stomach. Holding one end of a jumprope, give her the other end to hold with both hands. Stand a few feet away from the swing and gently pull the rope to get your kiddo swinging!




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6 Hide and Seek A twist on a favorite game! Stand in front of your child while they start swinging. Tell them to close their eyes and count to five while they keep swinging. Move to another area (to the right, left, behind, to the side, etc.) When they open their eyes, how fast can they find you? Closing your eyes while moving creates a deep challenge for body awareness and vestibular integration. How fast can they refocus to find you while they keep on swinging?


8 Shake down No swinging involved for this one, but we will still need that swing. This time your child simply has to HOLD ON! :) Can he keep himself from falling off while mom or dad gives him a little roller coaster ride?


You provide the movement: shake the swing, spin the swing, move the swing side to side, move fast, move slow, move him between two adults forward and backward. Hold him high in the air for a count of 10, then let him go fast! Get him swinging in a circular pattern instead of forward/backward. You be the driver and provide a ride that fits with what the child can tolerate!


Hey if you are serious about wanting one of these rides I kno where u might posssibly aquire one im in St.Cloud Mn contact me for further info I believe that eventually the swingin gym we have will eventually have a meeting with cutting torch and essentially become scrap


There was one less swinging gym in existance when chippiewa lake was sold. they may be scrap, the gyms were named flying cages but they are complete if any one wants to save them, they still swing freely though alot of wood is missing


I have owned a swinging gym for over 12 years. NO accidents. If the people are proprerly trained how to operate, this eliminates problems. you also need to control your customers and explain the ride operation to them. I have made a lot of money in spots with a lot fancier and expensive rides.


I have read through all the comments on this site and find them all really interesting, my family and i have run a set of 4 cage swinging gyms in the uk for the last 18 yrs along with other equipment, we just recently decided to put them for sale to make way for a new ride. They are in good condition, recently been test inspected with all paper work, contact me at alfwtt@hotmail.co.uk


swinging gym will be at farmers pike festival sept 2 thru 5 2011 its off IN 38 between hagerstown in and new castle in. then brownstown in sept 9 and 10 this is just west of seymour in. then fountain city north of richmond in sept 16 and 17th.


Thinking of selling my set of flying cages / swingin gym. Four cages set on trailer. It will need to be restored completely but its all there and its original. email me if your interested. Thanks passnbyu@comcast.net


I used to go on the swinging gym at a local carnival when I was younger in the 70s. It came in with Martins Shows Carnivals and it was fun and as long as you followed the safety rules and did it right was no problem and infact was fun.


The repetitive back and forth motion of swinging also helps children strengthen their sense of balance, which is rooted in their ears. The vestibular sense tells children where their body is in space and how they are moving. Vestibular receptors in the inner ear are connected to the fluid in the ear canal that changes as you move. Inner ear fluid signals to the brain if the body is moving and where you are in space. Swinging helps develop the vestibular receptors and the inner ear fluid, which strengthens the connection between the ear and the brain for a better sense of balance.


Swinging also increases the blood flow to the brain, which helps kids focus and pay attention. Numerous studies have found that kids focus better in school after they have been out at recess. A large part of that is due to more blood pumping to their brains, which comes from activities like swinging. The effects of swinging are long-lasting: just 15 minutes of swinging can help the brain perform better for up to eight hours.


Swinging is a relatively difficult skill when compared to other things kids do on the playground, like running, jumping, and climbing. But as children learn to swing and improve their skills, they are developing fine and gross motor skills that are crucial for their future development. The developmental benefits of swinging are unmatched by any other activity.


Gross motor skills allow kids to do things involving large muscles in their body. These skills are developed by swinging actions like pumping legs and running and jumping to the swings. Gross motor skills help develop muscle strength. As kids push their friends on the swing, they build muscles in their arms and legs. As they hold themselves balanced on the swing, they strengthen their core. These muscles are crucial in other movements and in creating healthy habits and an active lifestyle.


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