Children just love to climb. Sometimes it seems you only have to turn your head for a second before they’re scrambling up a tree or even scaling a public bin.

So why not channel their skills with a climbing frame in your garden where they can exercise and explore to their heart’s content.

After all, climbing skills have benefits beyond pure fun – they also help develop strength, balance and motor skills.

And by offering kids opportunities to climb in a safe environment, they learn how to assess and navigate risk too.

But, installing one in your garden doesn’t come cheap.

Although, they’re more affordable than they once were and with some climbing frames, you can add parts over time which means you don’t have to fork out the dosh all in one go.

Always check your product conforms to the latest quality and safety tests and create a “safety zone” of space around the structure.

Most playsets are self-assembly, so give yourself a lot of time to put them together and be warned you may need the help of a second adult.

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The verdict: Climbing frames

The Plum Climbing Cube Wooden Play Centre ticked all our boxes and more and will last you years. But if you don’t have enough room in your garden, our vote goes to the Holt climbing frame from Selwood, which is compact, but still packs in a lot of features, as well as being able to keep kids up to 10 entertained. For tinytots, the Little Tikes Jungle Climber is a worthy buy, with inviting colours and plenty to keep them amused.

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