Zip lines are a classic and irresistible outdoor toy that will keep kids (and adults) entertained for hours, days and years. These space trolley rides (as sometimes called) are the ideal toy for children who need both proprioceptive and vestibular input.
A backyard zip line is a great way to build upper extremity strength, muscle endurance, and self-confidence as children challenge themselves to hold on long enough to make it to the other end.
For other children with sensory integration disorders who are fearful of vestibular input, it is a great way to enhance their ability to integrate and tolerate movement. With help and support from an adult, they will be able to build their confidence slowly until they master it on their own and take pride in their increased abilities.
The backyard zip line is also ideal for kids who just can't seem to get enough movement experiences, they will be on this trolley ride for hours at a time. You will appreciate the endorphin release they get and the calming input they receive before they sit down for therapy, homework, or dinner! Clinics, schools and homes will be glad they have this equipment as a resource for their child.
Backyard zip lines and trolleys come with 70-100 feet of steel cable that must be attached to two sturdy supporting objects. They are safe and recommended for anyone ages 3-adult. However, the recommended age will vary depending on which type of trolley or zip line you choose. And, of course, adult supervision is recommended for the youngest users.
Just beware, you may have the whole neighborhood wanting to come over and play, or you may not be able to get dad to mow the lawn because he is having too much fun on this backyard zip line!
So, if you, your child, your spouse, your teenager or your friends want to have some fun, hop on these zip lines and fly off into the sunset!
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