Swinging through the air is the closest thing that 6-year-old boys and girls can get to feeling like they are flying! Even more than that, there is a euphoric experience of freedom that comes with flying high into the air, that tickly feeling in our belly. It’s no wonder that kids can spend hours on a swing, heading up and down, up and down – they probably love the experience of freedom!
When it comes to getting a swing for the house, you normally have two options: standalone swings that can attach to a freestanding structure (a tree or wooden beam), or a full-on playset with all the trimmings. Lucky for you, we’ve included both on our list today! Depending on your yard and what you are looking for in a swing, you may want something small and easy to pack away or the centerpiece for your backyard.
Our Favorite Outdoor Swings For Boys & Girls!
Not all tree swings have to be shabby little wooden boards! The Spider Web Tree Swing is a super cool gift for 6 year old’s and up that is as relaxing as it is fun. Instead of a single board to sit on, this swing is shaped like a spider’s web, allowing for comfort and stability as you sit and rock. This swing includes a 71″ detachable nylon rope so you can pack it up when needed. The swing itself can hold 600 pounds and swivels around so it never gets tangled up. It’s safer than an average swing and a lot of fun to sway on.
If you saw the first swing on this list, this shape shouldn’t be too unfamiliar to you. The PACEEARTH swing is designed in a circle and almost looks like a miniature trampoline hanging from a rope. The flooring is made of 900D Oxford cloth. Since it doesn’t have a net bottom, you don’t have to worry about an arm or leg slipping through and getting stuck. This swing comes with two hanging straps for better weight distribution. It’s colorful and durable, making it a great option to keep outdoors for the kids to play on.
If you have a little 6-year-old monkey on your hands, this is going to be the swing for you! This toy is a disc swing that doubles as a rope swing! Unlike the other swings we’ve featured so far, this swing features a braided rope that ends in a small green disc/saucer shape. A kid can sit on the saucer and swing around from the singular anchor point. Along the braided rope are green handholds that allow you to climb up the rope when it’s stationary. With the handholds, you can also stand or kneel as you swing, adding lots of dynamic motion to the toy.
The biggest swing on the list so far, the Skycurve is quite unique! This 60-inch platform is a massive way to swing and play with multiple people at once. The Skycurve can carry up to 700 pounds at once, ensuring that no matter how many kids are playing on it, it’s going to be secure. It comes with two straps and carabiners that can lock into metal rings or on a branch, allowing for some flexibility in where you place it. You can string it up in a playroom or bedroom as a cool reading and lounge chair, or outside on a tree for a hammock-like swing.
This swing truly has double-duty! The Costzon swing operates as a swing AND a tent, all in one. When you want to swing, you can string up the base and attach it to an indoor hook set or a tall tree branch. Once strung up, a kid can easily sit and play on the cloth and nylon surface without any issue. What makes this swing special is its ability to convert into a tent/nest! With a few quick adjustments, you can attach a nylon tent cover to the outside of the pipe frame, turning it into a floating nest complete with a flap door! This will obviously turn into a secret base or headquarters for any make-believe missions on the horizon.
You can’t beat the classics! PACEEARTH offers a classic version of the swing that many of us are familiar with while even allowing for some customization. This swing seat offers 660-pound support and features 69-inch anti-rust chains that are coated in a protective plastic coating. It also comes with hanging straps and locking buckles so you can string it up on an existing playset, or you can place it on a tree branch that’s wide enough to support it. It’s green and yellow and is a great way to spend some time as a 6-year-old.
Besides being a literal stick tied to a rope, you can’t get more traditional than the KINSPORY Wooden Swing. This swing is great for creating a vibey backyard while also providing lots of fun for kids and adults alike. This seat can support 300 pounds and the edges and corners of the seat are sanded for comfort. You can paint, draw, and place whatever you want on the wood, making for a great family project to add a little flare into a yard. It can be installed on a porch, under a branch, or anywhere you can attach the ropes!
If you are looking for a little bit more finish in your wooden swing, check the NoBrand wooden swing out. Yep, it’s literally a brand called NoBrand! The wooden swing is 24 x 8 inches and has rounded corners and edges to make it more comfortable. The rope is made of hemp and adds a rustic element to any room or yard that you string it up in. The wood is coated in a protective lacquer allowing you to keep it outdoors, even when it rains. It’s heavy-duty and would look amazing hanging in a green backyard under an old oak branch!
If you want something distinctly NON-traditional for your 6-year-old, look no further than the Swurfer! The name truly does say it all with this swing! It’s designed just like a surfboard and is supposed to give the rider the feeling of “surfing on the air” from a backyard. The board itself is made of maple and is curved into a banana shape to provide easy riding and to feel like a true surfboard. Once you set up the two straps and connect them to the tree, a kid can hop right on, grab the two wooden handles, and go to town carving and Swurfing it up in the air!
A platform swing is a great middle of the road between a bench swing and a single swing. It can fit multiple kids and is way more approachable than a swinging chair. The frame is built with a 60 x 32-inch steel frame that is coated in a 900D Oxford fabric, a durable and rip-stopping material that will last for years. The swing kit includes two 5 foot tree straps, each allowing for 200 pounds. The swing itself is wear-resistant, UV-resistant, and water-resistant. The ropes are 71 inches long and can be placed around a tree limb or indoors!
We’re officially into the “set” portion of our swings! These swings aren’t just pieces of material stuck to a rope, they come with a whole lot more. The Swing-N-SAlide set is an Amazon Exclusive that comes with two swings, as well as a swinging gymnastic bar. The swings sit on each side of the set while the gym bar is in the middle. This set is great to place in a backyard and is made of wood, steel (with the exposed metal coated in pinch-free material). It’s a classic design and only takes a few minutes to assemble.
The Lifetime Adventure Set is what most kids imagine when thinking of the perfect backyard playset! This set comes with three swings, a trapeze bar, a 9-foot wavy slide, and a monkey bar section. Most of the hard metal edges are coated in a plastic sheath or rounded for safety. The set is free-standing and doesn’t need any cement or stakes to keep it down! It’s made of a high-strength steel alloy that ensures wear from the weather is minimal and the structure is safe and sound for years to come.
The second Lifetime set on our list, this one is essentially an upgraded version of what we’ve already seen! This playset comes with two swings, a swinging trapeze bar, a bucket swing (for babies), a slide, a climbing wall, and a rope climb! On top of all that, it also comes with a hard-top plastic picnic table for little lunch trips outside. This playset is pretty complete and has about everything you could ask for in a backyard. It’s perfect for 6-year-old boys and girls who love to play outside and will provide endless hours of creative fun. As far as materials go, everything is made of weather-resistant plastic or metal and won’t warp or crack over time.
We all probably grew up playing on something similar to the Gorilla Playset at the local park! This playset is perfect for any backyard who wants to kick it up a level for their kids (and inevitably their nearby friends). The set comes with dual slides, a rock wall, a sandbox, a steering wheel, two swings, a trapeze bar, and a few other knick-knacks! It also has a heavy-duty canopy to keep the sun off little heads, as well as a smaller footprint than you might expect, making it great for yards who want to conserve some space.
This wooden playset can’t help but remind you of the beach! The colors and wooden construction are sure to evoke all sorts of sailing adventures for your child as they and their friends spend hours playing around on it. This set comes with a rock wall, slide, two swings, a trapeze bar, sandbox, chairs, monkey bars, and more! A unique construction choice with this set is their decision to use small, tight-knot cedar. In their tests, their wood was more rot-resistant and highly resistant to natural decay from moisture and sun. This is a playset that is going to get lots of use and will be a memory for him for years to come.