Things You Might Not Know About Trampolines and Little Tikes Trampoline
Little Tikes, the brand name behind the Little Tikes trampoline, is a children’s toys manufacturer based in the US. The office and the manufacturing facility is in Hudson, Ohio. Little Tikes also has other distribution and manufacturing facilities across Europe and Asia. Their products consists mostly molded plastic toys targeting mainly at young kids and babies, for both outdoor and indoor usage, including bounce house trampoline, turtle sandbox and party kitchen. Their trampolines have good reviews and the sale has always been good. They can be found in Walmart (Sam’s Club), Costco and Amazon along with other famous brands like Fisher Price, etc.
Little Tikes Trampolines
Little Tikes 3 ft kids Trampoline
The 3 ft trampoline has the padded handle bar that young kids can grab on to for balance while having a fun time bouncing. The handle bar is extended from the middle of the trampoline while most other trampolines are from the front. The benefit of the handle bar extending from the middle of the trampoline is that it provides better stability while the kid is playing with it and would not topple easily. The landing force from the kid’s hand while jumping is distributed evenly to the center of the trampoline rather than to the front of the trampoline. This trampoline is made with a combination of steel and plastic. In addition, the trampoline bed is circular in shape and the springs are concealed, for extra safety for kids. This version of the trampoline is meant more for indoors. It is recommended for kids 3 – 6 years of age. Little Tikes is well known for making good quality children’s toys that are enjoyable and safe. Trampolines are a good start for the kids to have an active lifestyle – to start them young, and in terms of portability, the Little Tikes trampoline is easy to carry around.
Little Tikes 7 ft kids Trampoline
The 7 ft trampoline is a trampoline with safety net enclosure around it. All Little Tikes trampolines are manufactured with the child’s safety in mind. The recommended age for this trampoline is from 3 – 10 years. It also has a weight limit of 100 pounds. The total weight after setup is 75 pounds and it is meant for outdoors. The frame, which is also made with steel and blow-molded plastic is supported by additional metal poles extending to the polyethylene safety net that are connected to the trampoline bounce mat. The springs are also covered with pads to protect kid’s feet and hands if they get too near to the edge. After setting up, this trampoline with enclosure stands about seven and a half feet high and has a total jumping area of 21.65 square feet. The total diameter is 7 ft 4 inches. It has a ground-to-jump-surface height of 17 inches, thus allowing kids to climb easily. Despite its size, it is easy to setup, usually around 30 minutes. Also it is also quite portable, easily moved with two person. It is quite light actually, the grass does not die under it. And because of its sturdiness, it holds up great through storms as well. It is guaranteed to keep the kids occupied for hours while providing good exercise for them.
What actually is a trampoline?
Trampoline is an item which consists of a piece of taut, durable fabric pulled tight over a metal frame using many spring coils. People jump on trampolines for fun and some used in competitive events or sports. The fabric that people jump on (mainly called the ‘trampoline bed’ or ‘bounce mat’) is not elastic naturally; the elasticity of the fabric comes from the springs that connect it to the frame, which store potential energy.
Beginning of trampoline
A fun past time same as trampolining was conceived by the Inuit in the 18th century, they would throw each other up in the air using a skin of a walrus. People in Europe also have similar thing as having been thrown up in the air by a group of people using blanket. Also the firemen invented a net-like trampoline called the life nets in 1887 to catch people jumping out of buildings on fire.
In the 19th century, trampolines were being used in circus, however it is more of a springboard rather than our current fabric trampoline.
In the beginning of the 20th century, acrobats started using “bouncing bed” on the arena to entertain audiences. The bouncing bed was, actually, a mini trampoline covered by bed cloths. It was mainly used for reasons similar to the circus, and mainly for comedy acrobats.
Use of trampolines
- Astronaut and flight simulation training – During the period of World War 2, the United States Navy Flight School came up with the use of the trampoline in its simulation training of navigators and pilots. The training is focused on familiarizing spatial orientation that was quite impossible before. After war, the space flight program again brought in the trampoline to aid and train both Soviet and American astronauts. This gave the astronauts the experience of variable body positions during flight.
- Sports training – Many sports uses trampolines to aid and develop acrobatic skills for the athletes in training. That is why many sporting venue have trampolines, for instance, it is used in gymnastics, diving and freestyle skiing.
- Educational – Trampolines are used to demonstrate “Gravity Jumper”. It is used to study the relation between acceleration during jump, weightless phase and acceleration due to gravity. A three-axis acceleration sensor belt is fastened on test subjects to transmit data.
- Physical fitness training – It is used as a part of a fitness regime because it has low impact on joints and knees. These kind of trampolines are also known as mini trampoline, jogging trampoline, exercise trampoline, trampette or re-bounder).
- Recreational – Recreational trampolines for home use, compares to the competitive ones, are constructed less sturdily and the springs are softer. But that does not mean that the recreational ones are less safer than the competitive ones. In fact it is “tuned-down” for the safety of home users. There are many shapes and sizes, most common ones are 15ft, octagonal, circular or rectangular. It is usually a woven polypropylene or waterproof canvas material. Compare to the competitive trampolines, recreational trampolines are commonly made using coiled steel springs to provide the rebounding force. Most will use trampolines with enclosure.