In this guide we’ll take a look at the best children’s seesaws for the UK market.
I’ve compared design, safety, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Children’s Seesaw?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Suitable for 1 – 3 children at a time!
This Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter Children’s Seesaw has a charming whale design and is suitable for children aged 1- 3. It can be used by one 1 – 3 children at a time thanks to the inclusion of a middle seat. It measures 105 x 43 x 35.5 cm and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It has comfortable seats, easy-grip handles and wide footrests.
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More Detailed Children’s Seesaw Reviews
Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter Children’s Seesaw Review
This Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter Children’s Seesaw is the best children’s seesaw for ages 1 – 3.
The bright blue whale design is sure to appeal to little ones and it is suitable for use indoors or out.
The rocker is comfortable for small children, very safe and easy to clean with soap and water.
There are easy-grip handles and wide comfortable footrests making it an excellent first seesaw for young children.
It has a seat at each end and even a seat in the middle. This is useful because it means up to three children can play at the same time. Plus, one child can use it by themselves, sitting in the middle and using it like a rocking horse.
Altogether this seesaw measures a compact 105 x 43 x 35.5 cm so could just as easily be used in a conservatory or playroom as well as outside.
It is made all in one piece, requires no assembly and is light and easy to move around.
This is a versatile toy that is great value for money. It’s the best children’s seesaw for younger kids with a cute design that they will adore.
Plum Rotating Children’s Seesaw Review
This Plum Rotating Children’s Seesaw is something a bit different, adding an extra element of excitement for the kids with its rotating axis.
It has sturdy moulded seats and easy-grip handles, perfect for two children.
Alternatively, an adult can also push and rotate the seesaw easily when a single child is playing.
The brightly coloured frame is made from powder-coated steel for extra durability.
Not only does this seesaw look great with its fun design and bright, complimentary colours, it also offers 2-in-1 seeing as it acts both as a seesaw and a roundabout.
This is a fantastic value, enjoyable garden seesaw for children between the ages of 3 and 8.
Hedstrom Children’s Seesaw Review
This Hedstrom Children’s Seesaw goes up and down as well as rotating in a full circle for extra fun and excitement.
The unit is stable, and the handles and seats are sturdy and comfortable for little ones. The central bar is adjustable to make it suitable for a range of ages.
The bright orange and blue frame is made from powder-coated steel for durability. It’s easy to assemble and comes with all the necessary fittings included.
The seats have pillars underneath them to prevent children from bumping on the floor. This is a great idea, just avoid placing them on very damp ground or they might get stuck in the soil!
This children’s seesaw can be separated into two pieces to make it easier to store, and is very easy to move around the garden too.
This is one of the best children’s seesaws in terms of well-though-out design. The way the seats have ‘stoppers’ to avoid them bumping on the ground is an ingenious solution to a common problem.
TP Spiro Spin Children’s Seesaw Review
This TP Spiro Spin Children’s Seesaw is soft and bouncy, perfect for small children to use without being too bumpy.
It is lovely and bright to look at as well as durable and sturdy too.
The bouncy ‘wheels’, positioned under the seats, create a bigger bounce whilst reducing the impact for a softer bump. They also don’t churn up the lawn thanks to their rounded edges.
The saddle seats are comfortable and the handles have bike-style handlebar grips to protect little hands!
This children’s seesaw is easy to put together and comes with ground stakes for added stability.
This is a fun and exciting children’s seesaw that is suitable for children aged 3-8. It is a little more expensive than the previous products but does provide a lot of play value for a wide range of ages.
TP Toys Wooden Seesaw Review
This TP Toys Wooden Seesaw makes an attractive addition to the garden, and you can’t go far wrong with a beautiful wooden version.
While the FSC certified wood gives you the look of a classic seesaw, this model also rotates for an exciting ‘spin’ on a traditional toy.
This is one of the more expensive garden seesaws on the list; however, it’s been built to last. The wood has been pre-treated to protect it against rot, and if you continue to treat it regularly it will last a decade or more.
It has comfy moulded seats, sturdy hand grips, and a super stable base.
The seesaw is suitable for children from 3 to 8 years old; however, if yours are around 6 I would choose a larger model – they will grow out of this too quickly for it to be good value.
This garden seesaw is easy to assemble, taking around an hour for two people, and is supplied with ground stakes for extra stability.
This is a beautifully designed, well-engineered toy that would look great in any garden. Considering its longevity, it offers great play value, and has the bonus of rotating as well as going up and down.
Things to Know Before Buying a Children’s Seesaw
A seesaw is a great addition to your child’s repertoire of garden toys. They are reasonably priced, easy to set up, and provide hours of fun for children.
Seesaws encourage cooperative play (it takes two to seesaw!) and help your children develop coordination as well as get plenty of exercise.
It’s really just a case of finding the best children’s seesaw for your child! There are a lot of different designs to choose from, so to help you make an informed decision I’ve put together the following informative tips:
Colour and Shape
Depending on the age of your child, you might be more interested in a ‘rocker’ design, which can be place indoors or out, or a larger outdoor seesaw.
Rocker seesaws come in a variety of fun, novelty designs which are very suitable for toddlers. Often they will be designed in the shape of animals, such as the Little Tikes Whale Teeter Totter Children’s Seesaw. Crocodiles are also a popular choice!
Rocker seesaws are quite small, best suited for use by toddlers aged 1 – 3.
When it comes to larger, outdoor seesaws, there is a lot of variation in terms of colour and shape. It’s likely you’ll be able to find a seesaw to suit your child, whatever their favourite colour may be.
Whilst wooden seesaws may not initially be the most inspiring colour-wise, they are some of the most long-lasting models around. And, if you don’t mind a bit of DIY, you can paint them to be any colour.
Do you remember how uncomfortable it could be, seesawing as a child, when you would sometimes bump heavily down onto the ground? Particularly if an older sibling was in charge of the seesaw power…
Well, these problems are now a thing of the past – seesaws are now available with shock absorbers!
These are positioned under the seats and cushion the seat from touching the ground. They come in many different forms, from poles with stoppers to small tyres.
Shock absorbers are certainly something worth looking out for if you think it will improve the comfort of your child’s seesawing experience!
Also, one more advantage… shock absorbers with a big surface area can also help protect the grass under the seat from getting too churned up and muddy.
Rotating or Traditional
Gone are the days when a seesaw simply went up and down. Now they have the capacity to spin as well!
Whether you choose a rotating or a traditional seesaw is mostly up to your personal preference and the preference of your child; however, there are a couple of things to bear in mind:
- Rotating seesaws require more space – you will need to keep the radius of the seesaw clear of obstacles.
- Rotating seesaws can be more challenging for younger children – it is sometimes more difficult for them to hold on as there are more directional forces at work!
- You may get better value for money from a rotating seesaw because your children may use it more often – not only as a seesaw but as a roundabout as well.
Which Seesaw is Suitable For Your Child?
The smallest children’s seesaws or rockers are suitable for toddlers aged 1 – 3. They can be used inside our outdoors. Larger models, suitable for outdoor use, will provide plenty of fun for older children.
If the upper age limit on the seesaw is 8 years old and your child is 6 or over, you should look for a larger model that will ensure the seesaw can be used for more years.
You might be disappointed if you go to the effort of buying a seesaw and your child only gets one year of use from it.
You should choose a seesaw that is made from durable materials such as weather-resistant plastic, powder-coated steel or wood.
If your child will mostly be using their plastic rocker indoors, it’s not as important that it is protected against UV rays. However, if you will be placing the seesaw outside then UV protected plastic is good to look out for – this will mean that plastic won’t fade or crack when exposed to the sun on a daily basis.
If you choose a wooden version make sure it is made from sustainably sourced wood and has been treated with a child friendly preservative.
Remember, you can paint wood to be whatever colour you would like. As long as you treat it frequently, a wooden seesaw is probably the most long lasting construction material.
Make sure to leave at least 1 m clearance on all sides of the seesaw if it is a standard (not rotating) model.
Rotating seesaws need to be placed with a clear radius for their rotation and a further 1 m of clearance.
Making sure that the seesaw is sufficiently secured down is paramount. Ground stakes can be used to make seesaws more secure. You should also make sure that the seesaw is positioned on soft grass, or put down plenty of safety mats.
Position the seesaw somewhere where you can easily supervise children while they play.
Children’s Seesaw FAQs
There are a couple of problems with using children’s seesaws on concrete. Firstly, the concrete is very hard, and children may be injured if they fall off. Secondly, some seesaws are secured with ground anchors and it will be impossible to fix them into existing concrete.
However, some seesaws do not require anchoring so you could use one of these if you place it on some nice thick play mats. The smaller models are also suitable for use indoors.
If you have very young children, you may find that a rotating seesaw is too much for them – the rotating motion can make it harder to hold on.
In general, it comes down to personal preference. If you feel your child will get more use out of a seesaw if they can also use it as a roundabout, it might be better value for money to get a 2-in-1 design.
Use ground stakes and secure them into the ground and the base of the seesaw. You may need to use a hammer to make sure they are firmly into the ground. They will stop the base of the seesaw moving around.