Our good old fashioned Seesaw is a fabulous, low key, inexpensive natural play element that fascinates kids even today!
We make them so if the child on the upside happens to fall off, the fall distance is short enough that you don’t need that ugly fall zone material!
The neat thing is that these Seesaws are portable and can be moved and used anywhere! The kids can even move them, so it becomes a portable play element over which the kids have total control!
We shape the board so the handholds are built right in (no protruding handles!), and a section of real log provides the pivot point.
These are fabulous, provide endless fun, and are so low cost that you could easily afford more than one!
Minimal assembly required; hardware included!
For those of you who like play elements with educational value, the Seesaw lever is an example of a simple machine called a lever, the principle of which was discovered by Archimedes. Levers have three parts: the pivot point (or fulcrum) and 2 arms of a lever, both of equal length — the resistance arm and the effort arm. There are therefore two equilibrium positions, where one side is stable, while the other is unstable. The board’s center of gravity or center of mass is the point where the board is perfectly balanced, and where the weight of the board is concentrated.
The use of a balanced plank was first recorded in the US around 1704. The Seesaw is sometimes referred to as a teeter-totter, tilt, tilting board, teedle board, dandle board, Ridey-Horse, or Hickey-horse.