These Log Hurdles look like simple play elements, and because they are, they're easy to use, easy to store, and kids love them for their simplicity and for their versatility (great for loose parts play, too!).
The growing incidents of childhood obesity are a direct reflection of how little children move and exercise, so almost anything that gets them to do things with their bodies is a good thing! We typically find that even lifting their legs, or maintaining their balance while stepping over something is a challenge for children, so we developed these simple hurdles that kids can grow into.
This is a very simple, natural play exercise element made with small, natural logs, so that when they are not being used as a “fitness” exercise, they can provide other learning moments for children, such as being able to pick them up and move them - which is great for muscle building, making shapes with the small logs, feeling the texture of the log, feeling the difference in the texture when the log gets wet from the rain, and so on.
Comes as a set of six, but more is even better. And because these logs are very small, one child, or one child and a friend can move them (a lifting and carrying exercise) to new locations, planning a new route at the same time (very cognitively challenging).
These are also excellent loose parts, so in fact the logs have multiple uses on your playground. No installation instructions required; you can use your imagination!
6-natural log hurdles 6”-10” D x 24” L.
During the season when the bark is “tight,” we will probably make the decision to keep it on. However, should it arrive on your premises without bark, it’s because It was cut during the “loose bark” season, and therefore subject to shipping damage.
Please note: all wood is subject to drying out, and when wood dries, its cells lose water so the wood shrinks, and the result of shrinking is cracking and splitting. There is absolutely nothing that can be done about it; it’s just the nature of wood. Obviously, the product can still be used for its intended purpose, so we will not replace it for free.
If you don’t like the way it looks, you can always fill it in with wood epoxy/putty and then sand it smooth. If you think that kids handling the wood might get a sliver, just sand the edges of the cracks with 30+/- grit sandpaper you can easily get from the hardware store, and that will eliminate the problem.