Best Indoor Slides for the Active Toddlers and Kids

Keeping your toddler physically active is incredibly important, especially during such an age when their bodies are developing at such an drastic rate. The best way to keep your child active and healthy is through play. Whether your tot is running around in the garden, around your neighbourhood or just exploring the environment around them, your toddler will be developing their muscles and mental skills that will benefit them tenfold in later life.

Nowadays, it’s all too common to see children with their heads glued to iPads and other electronic screen devices but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can encourage your toddler to play any time of day with these fantastic indoor slides. These enable your children to play and remain active, no matter whether it’s night time or whatever the weather is like outside, allowing your toddlers to stay healthy and happy.

These indoor slides don’t require a lot of space or assembly time, meaning your slide can be up and running as quickly as it comes through the door. To give you a helping hand into the world of indoor toddler slides, I’ve compiled a list of my top five best indoor slides for kids. These slides are some of the best on the market, made to the highest quality, durable and they won’t break the bank. Not sure what you’re looking for in your indoor slide? Don’t worry, I understand that every child has a different request. To help you make an educated decision when shopping for indoor slides, use my complete buying guide found below. Use this list as the guidelines, ensuring you make the best purchasing decision for you and your toddlers.

Top 5 Indoor Slides for Physically Active Children

All the fun and games you could ever ask for is about to begin with my top five picks of indoor slides for your children!

1. Little Tikes 1,2,3 Seesaw & Slide

To kick start my list, I’ve chosen an all-in-one climbing frame set up that will give your children everything they need to have fun whenever they want to. The Little Tikes 1,2,3 is a fully-featured climbing frame that features both a slide and a see-saw, resulting in countless hours of fun for your toddlers. The playset is designed to a jungle theme in which the frame itself boasts a wooden effect the slide resembles a beautiful cascading waterfall.

This climbing set is fully accessible, meaning your toddlers can run around, climb on it or hide underneath it. This is one of the lightest setups on my list, allowing for easy transport, no construction and it’s small enough to be used in any room in the house. Beautiful day outside? Take it out into your garden on a flat surface to continue the fun! Starting to rain? Take it indoors and set it up in any room in the house!

What's Great About It: The frame boasts two steps up to the top of the slide and there’s also a rear barrier to stop your toddler from falling off the platform should they get too excited. The funky design and high-quality makes this the perfect play frame for toddlers with the wildest imaginations.

2. Step2 Panda Climber

If you’re looking for a playframe and slide with more features that you can count, the Panda Climber may make the ideal choice. This single-platform and slide frame features moulded plastic shapes and holes, allowing your toddlers to climb, crawl and explore the entire frame on the inside and out. Your toddlers will feel on top of the world once they start their adventures in and around the set before climbing to the top to feel on top of the world.

The Panda Climber boasts a large, two-step platform level, with barriers around the entire outside, ensuring your child is safe from falling during playtimes. There’s an extra safety rail for added support and the slide even prides itself on its own handle so our child can feel safe and confident while using the playframe. Every aspect of the playset is designed for toddlers and thanks to the durable, high-quality poly construction, this playframe is easy to wipe clean after every use.

Full instructions and lightweight parts make transportation and construction of the set both easy and fast. Despite being on the heavier playframes on my list, this kit oozes stability and quality, giving your child countless hours of enjoyment for years to come.​

What's Great About It: Thanks to its high-quality plastics, the Panda Climber is ideal for indoor and outdoor use, when set up on a flat surface, meaning your toddlers can have fun no matter what time of day and no matter what the weather is like outside.

3. Little Tikes Rock Climber & Slide

This is one of the largest sets on my list but it’s still small enough to be used in any indoor space and it’s high-quality enough to be used outside on a flat surface. The Little Tikes Rock Climber is perfect for adventurous little tots looking for a way to channel their imagination. The 24-inch viewing platform is perfect for all sorts of fun and games whilst the outlying barrier provides safety to your toddler at all times.

There are two ways to meet the platforms, meaning that children can speed up to the top of the slide or take the more challenging route, making this set ideal for toddlers of all ages. There are also two large climbing walls and a variety of crawl-through holes, giving your children optimal conditions to play resulting in endless fun and games. As the most fully-featured and customizable slide set on my list, this is also the heaviest.

For extra safety features, the height of the slide is completely adjustable and each feature of the set comes with its own dedicated handles and foot holes, meaning your children or their friends are never competing over space.​

What's Great About It: This full-optimised climbing frame is perfect for children who have large amounts of imagination and tonnes of physical energy. There’s even a removable telescope and steering wheel to keep your children entertained at all hours of the day.

​4. ECRKIDS Climb & Slide Playset

Looking for a climbing frame and slide set that will add a splash of color to any room in your house? The ECR4Kids may be perfect for you. Specially designed for toddlers between the ages of 3 and 7, this rapid construction playset is perfect for toddlers who don’t want to stop moving from the moment they wake up. The set features a vast number of hand and foot holes, crawl tunnels and platforms, perfectly finished with a high-quality, durable poly-constructed slide.

Thanks to the high-quality build and compact design, this slide is perfect for use indoors in any room in the house or outdoors on a flat and even surface. The design is extremely easy to put together, saving you time during construction and the specially formulated plastics mean that your set will hold its vibrant colour for many years to come.

What's Great About It: The entire set is also GreenGuard Certified, guaranteeing that the set has a reduced amount of plastic chemical pollutants, protecting your child’s health as well as the air quality in your home. The ECR4Kids is made to a mid-weight design, allowing for easy and safe transport and is fully customisable with the wide range of ECR4Kids attachments and products, allowing for infinite possibilities when it comes to playtime.

​5. Step2 Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse

If you’re looking for the ideal playset that’s large enough to handle 2-3 toddlers but still compact enough to be used indoors, the Step2 Treehouse is ideal. This simple design boasts easy-to-climb steps that lead to a large 19-inch view platform, complete with periscope and shingled roof, providing you and your toddlers with shade when used outside and protection from harmful UV rays. The viewing platform is bordered by a high plastic barrier, ensuring your child’s safety at all times.

The interior platform is an impressive 31-inches high, making this playset ideal for children and toddlers of all ages. The slide itself fits seamlessly onto the platform and prides itself on two micro-barriers that will stop your children falling off the edges of the slide when in use.

What's Great About It: This extremely light-weight design makes for easy transport and construction and assembly time will take no time at all, meaning your toddlers can begin their endless hours of fun from the word go. Constructed using a durable, high-quality poly plastic material, your children can enjoy years of fun, fuelled by their imaginations.

The 2017 Complete Buying Guide to Children’s Indoor Slides

Keeping your child’s imagination and bodies active is crucial for promoting healthy development. By investing in a versatile climbing set, you’re ensuring that this is easily encouraged and your toddlers exercise time isn’t compromised by things like weather or harsh external elements. When exploring your options, you’ll notice that many playsets come with a variety of specifications and features, making it easy to become overwhelmed when choosing the right slide for you.

To help you make an educated and well-informed decision, follow my complete buying guide below, showing you everything you need to find the best slide for you.

Safety

As with any product designed for children, the most important aspect to consider is safety. When looking for the perfect slide, there are a couple of things you should look for. Firstly, if your slide incorporates a platform level, always ensure that this is bordered by a barrier, high enough for your child not to fall over or off. This is the considered the most danger-prone area due to the height. Other safety features you should look for are curved and smoothed edges, dedicated moulded handles for the climbing parts of the slides and small, raised edges on the slide to stop your toddler from falling off.

Features

When looking into buying a slide, there is a vast range of sets to choose from. From simple step and slides and slides with platforms to full on jungle gyms and slide sets made to look like pirate ships, there’s so much to choose from. As with anything, the more features you want, the bigger the dent it will make in your budget. It’s recommended that before you start looking at different slides, you set a budget and stick to it. Then, while shopping, try and find the most fully featured slide you can for that price but always keep an eye out for a bargain! It’s worth noting that many slides may come with other play toys, such as telescopes etc. These parts are always included in the displayed price unless otherwise stated.

Flexibility

Just because you’re purchasing a slide for indoor use, doesn’t mean it can’t be used outside. Well, it doesn’t if you purchase a flexible slide. Many of the slides available on today’s market are fully flexible, thanks to their high-quality builds, for outside use, meaning you can maximise your child’s opportunities for play and it helps to keep their imaginations active.

When shopping for play slides, draw your focus to high-quality, poly plastic constructions. These slides are usually suitable for use outdoors and indoors and will contain other features such as specially formulated coatings that protect the color of your slide and helps protect it from external elements. The slide should always say whether it’s suitable for outdoor use in its product description.​

Construction

There are a couple of aspects to consider when it comes to the construction of your slide. Firstly, the materials. Although very rare on the market, you’ll want to avoid slides with any metal parts. Not only can this pose a massive safety risk, it’s also completely unnecessary. Always purchase full plastic constructions. Not only is this safer, it’s also a lot more versatile and lightweight, making it easy to transport your slide wherever you want it.

Secondly, construction time. You may find a slide that comes with lots of different pieces that can be hard to piece together. If you construct the slide incorrectly, this can cause more safety implications. Unless you feel completely confident piecing together your slide, always see if you can find a rapid-setup slide.​

To Recap

Not only is a play slide going to enable your children and toddlers to enjoy countless hours of fun and adventures, it’s a great way to help promote healthy growth in your child, a crucial point to consider with children this age. Keep your children physically active and their minds mentally stimulated and you can guarantee your children will grow up healthy and happy.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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