We spend a lot of time outdoors, but we do eventually have to come in, even in the summer. Our house is only about 1,200sf, so sometimes it’s a challenge to pack in as much indoor playground stuff as I’d like to. But sometimes awesome stuff comes with a low profile that can work in almost any space! Enter the SportBaby Swedish Ladder! This eventually will be in the kid’s bedroom as an access to a weird little built-in loft area they have, but for now it’s in the living room. They have loved their pikler triangle and even Zane still used it every day, but I knew a bigger ladder and slide were in our future. We already had the Nuggets which work perfectly for crash pads, and juuuuust cover enough area for the Ladder and both hammocks be be used at the same time. Eliza has always been such a gymnast, which is why we have two ENO hammocks in our living room also, and this has been a dream come true for her!
Setup of this thing was pretty straightforward, despite the terrible directions it came with. It’s a very basic design and could totally be a great DIY.. we’d been planning to DIY it for years when I realized that just wasn’t going to happen, but we’re really happy with the quality. I would have loved to have installed it into one of the log walls but it just didn’t fit on any of them, so we just mounted it to a few 2x4s into the studs, and also anchored it to the top beam. It’s sturdy enough to hold Tim or I also. We didn’t order the rainbow set but that seems to be the only way it comes, and the kids are thrilled about the colors. And it does make me happy to look at it, especially when three smiling faces are looking back at me from its various apparatuses.
Wildlings have to spend some time indoors too. Probably our favorite and most versatile indoor “toy” for indoor adventures is the Nugget Couch. We bought one, and I remember Tim thinking it was a silly thing to spend money on.. soon after he told me we needed to buy two more! They’re that awesome. They get played with every day, in very different ways. The kids are so creative with them, and use them to build forts, or runways to run down, towers to jump off of, mazes to sneak through. We also use them for quiet time areas as Zane and Eliza can each make a little fort to have their books and puzzles for quiet time. And they’re essential to a lot of the things we have up in the living room, like the hammocks and hanging bar. Eliza especially does some high-flying acrobatics and it’s crucial to make sure the ground is covered in nugget cush! Here are a few ways we use our nuggets. The possibilities are truly endless.
The traingle cushions are motorcycles in the trampoline, balancing rocks, docks, gladiator tools, used for sliding down the pikler triangle… it’s amazing how creative they can get with these simple shapes.
We like to make special holiday setups upstairs, and they usually involve the nuggets. The kids get so excited when we make forts for them. Add a few playsilks and it feels truly magical.
They’re also great for taking pictures on/with. Or as a background if your house is messy and that kind of thing bothers you.
Nuggets are great fun in the trampoline as “motorcycles” or stepping stools to push off on hammocks, or used with the Swedish Ladder as crash pads and as a running wall!
If nuggets are within your budget, don’t even hesitate. Order as many as you have kids (or space). I really like being able to have them each have one on the rare occasion that there is disagreement about what to do with them.