Top 10 Homemade, Creative and Unusual See-saws

The other week I showed you how amazing playgrounds can be and indeed have become in my post “Top 10 Amazing Play Parks“, but there remains a constant in almost all playgrounds. A ride that has stood up to the test of time and taken on all comers by changing, adapting and remaining a kids favourite. I am of course talking about the see-saw and here are the very best examples of this playground classic…

 


Top 10 Homemade, Creative and Unusual See-saws


 

Seesaw Bench
Seesaw Bench

10 – 2 is company, but 1 is a tilt!
www.todayandtomorrow.net/2008/09/22/seesaw-bench/

First seen in my post “Top 10 Best Park Benches” this bench located in a park in Stockholm is a great example of how the humble seesaw has evolved. I think every public park should have at least one of these just for the comedy value of it.

Seesaw Picnic Table
Seesaw Picnic Table

9 – Picnic of Panic!
www.marleenjansen.nl/index.php?p=1

This idea that combines a wooden picnic table and a see-saw might look good on the outside, and it sure is amazing, but it would be utter chaos while trying to eat anything!

Seesaw Recycled Tyre
Seesaw Recycled Tyre

8 – Tyred of my new life.
www.diyncrafts.com/5863/repurpose/20-genius-ways-repurpose-old-tires-something-new-exciting/2

For those with a good memory you will indeed have seen this same kind of idea before in my post “Top 10 Uses of old Tyres” but this one is a little bigger and would be great fun to make. It would be even better if done with a big tractor tyre!

Seesaw Mountain Bike
Seesaw Mountain Bike

7 – Sea-Ride!
www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/11/see_saw_bicycle_crashing_is_only_one_of_the_ways_it_can_kill_you-2/

This really is a genuine product that you or I can buy right now! It is most probably just as dangerous to ride as it looks, but I would also imagine an awful lot of fun as well.

Seesaw Made From Garden Items
Seesaw Made From Garden Items

6 – DIY fly!
builder.cheezburger.com/builder#step2_2648157440

It has to be said that this DIY see-saw it not a bad idea at all! Made from a large thick plank of wood, 2 plastic patio chairs and a few bolts it might well be worth trying to make one!

Standing Seesaw
Standing Seesaw

5 – Walk the plank!
eww.playgroundcentre.com/products/net-see-saw/

The standing net scramble see-saw is one of the best designs you will see in playgrounds today. With a thick rope safety rail and lightweight, it is a great workout for kids and it has to be said that it looks rather cool as well.

Modern Designer Seesaw
Modern Designer Seesaw

4 – In the future!
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These designer see-saws located in Berlin, Germany and made by a company called  DS Landscape Architects they are clean looking and a nice touch of class to an otherwise very basic playground ride. It also goes to show the see-saw has a great future ahead!

Basic Seesaw Made From Wood
Basic Seesaw Made From Wood

3 – My kind of DIY!
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Simple, effective and best of all is that it wouldn’t cost that much to make at all. For me, this DIY home-made seesaw is one of the best because anyone could all make one.

The Worlds Largest Seesaw
The Worlds Largest Seesaw

2 – The big one.
inspiringnews.wordpress.com/2010/08/28/ashrita-furman-presented-largest-seesaw-of-the-world

What you are looking at is officially the largest See-saw of the World! And at 79ft long and a maximum height of 3.53m off the ground you are in for one very scary ride. For more info on this one do visit the link and check it out.

Tenganan Traditional Seesaw
Tenganan Traditional Seesaw

1 –  The Ultimate Playground Ride.
pinterest.com/pin/156851999493897245/

Over this top 10 we have seen many shapes and forms of the humble see-saw, but none like this traditional one seen in Bali, Indonesia. With some of them supporting up to 8 people and a motion more like a Ferris wheel than a see-saw, it is simply amazing.