The Ultimate Guide to Trampolines

The Ultimate Guide to Trampolines

Is there anything more fun than a trampoline? Even if you’re a fully grown adult, with children who are just itching for you to set it up in the garden, the excitement of actually jumping in mid-air on that wonderful piece of equipment can be overwhelming!

Just me?

I don’t think so!

Trampolines are the ultimate summer accessory for your garden, and also offer a fantastic item to have put to one side for special events, such as birthdays and summer holidays. The kids will love it, you’ll have a little peace and quiet, and overall, everyone is happy.

On top of this, having a trampoline in the garden is a great way for the kids to burn off their excess energy, as well as grabbing some much-needed exercise in the fresh air, and helping to develop co-ordination. All too often kids sit inside watching TV, or playing video games, but the old-fashioned allure of a trampoline has never diminished!

Of course, there is much more to buying a trampoline than simply finding one and spending cash on it. There are shapes, there are brands, there are types, and there are accessories.

On top of this, you need to learn about games you can play when simply jumping becomes boring for the little ones (or the bigger ones), and you also need to know that all of it is ultra-safe, for total peace of mind in your purchase.

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Product

Price

Rating

  Exacme TUV Approved Trampoline  $$$  4.3/5
  Giantex Trampoline Combo  $$$  4.4/5
  Gymenist Portable and Foldable Trampoline  $  4.4/5
  Little Tikes 3’ Trampoline  $  4.1/5
   Little Tikes 7′ Trampoline  $$  4.3/5
   My First Trampoline 84″  $$  4.7/5
Skywalker Trampoline  $$$  4.4/5
  Stamina 36” Folding Trampoline  $  4.2/5
   Merax 14-Feet Round Trampoline with Safety Enclosure  $$$  4.4/5
   Kangaroo’s 36″ Kids Trampoline  $$  4.5/5

Well, consider all the information researched and put to you here – this is your ultimate guide to everything trampoline. By the end of this, you’ll be jumping higher than Tigger himself!

All About Trampoline Shapes

Yes, trampolines are not simply round, they come in many different shapes and sizes, and it’s important to know all about each one, as well as their pros and cons, to find the best one for you. This section will tell you everything you need to know about those shapes.

Before we begin however, it’s important to know that the shape is more vital than you might realize. The shape affects the jumping space, the quality of the bounce, and the amount of room it takes up in your garden/yard, as well as how many children can fit on it at any one time.

Round Trampoline

This type of trampoline is the one you will see most commonly and when you begin to search for the right product for you, you’ll probably see a fair amount of this shape on your selection list. The reasons for this is because a round trampoline is suitable for everyone, giving a consistent type of bounce, no matter what age of the user.

The bounce is also designed to push the jumper towards the middle of the trampoline, which acts as a safety barrier and also avoids collisions.

Pros

  • Readily available
  • A consistent bounce which pushes the jumper towards the middle of the trampoline
  • Low price as they are so easy to find, making for a cost effective choice
  • Usually quite lightweight, so can be moved around easily, despite being sturdy
  • Available in several different sizes

Cons

  • The jumping surface isn’t as large as with some of the other shapes we are going to discuss
  • The sturdy frame and shape makes folding up the trampoline a rather bulky affair in some cases

Who does this shape suit best?

This is an all-rounder trampoline, and because it is the cheapest option, it is best for families who are buying a trampoline for the first time, and for those who aren’t planning on using it on a regular basis.

Oval Trampoline

Only slightly different to a round trampoline in a tiny change in shape, this type has a slightly bigger jumping surface than the first option we discussed, as well as giving you an extra long surface to jump on, which goes from side to side.

As with the round type, the bounce pushes the user to the middle of the trampoline, but the downside is that a little more effort may be needed to get a good bounce, because of the bigger size. Of course, if you’re wanting your children to get a bit of exercise, this isn’t a downside at all!

Pros

  • Larger jumping surface area
  • Easy to find
  • Extra effort needed to jump due to the larger surface area, and that is good for exercise

Cons

  • Assembly can be a little more difficult than with a round trampoline
  • We mentioned the extra jumping effort as a pro for exercise, but for younger jumpers this might be a slight problem
  • Slightly more expensive than a round trampoline

Who does this shape suit best?

Slightly older children will find this oval trampoline shape to be useful because of the extra effort. Children aged ten and above will be able to get a good workout by using this piece of equipment, and the larger area is also good for larger families, or those using it for a party.

Square Trampoline

The major perk of a square shaped trampoline is basically about the shape itself – you will have less wasted space in your garden or shape because of the easier placement, and the shape also gives you around 20% more jumping space, so ideal for parties or bigger groups!

The corners can be utilised much easier by smaller children or those who want to stay out of the way of the main action in the middle, and these are also very durable and very strong, due to the fact that there is more steel involved in the frame.

Pros

  • Much larger jumping space
  • The corners can be used as well as the centre
  • More bounce on this type of trampoline which makes it ideal for everyone to use
  • The shape also means less wasted space in the garden or yard

Cons

  • This shape of trampoline is often heavier than a round or oval option, because there is more steel used in the frame
  • Slightly more expensive, because of the overall size

Who does this shape suit best?

If you have a smaller yard or garden, or a traditional square shape, then a square trampoline will give you a neater, space saving option. Also, this shape is ideal for bigger groups or families, because there is more space to jump.

Rectangle Trampoline

Finally, we have a rectangle, and we’ve basically saved the best until last. Yes, this type is more expensive, but it gives you much more space, and it has the best bounce out of them all.

You will often see professional and amateur gymnasts using this type of trampoline, because the springs are higher quality, giving you more stability during your jump.

Pros

  • Extra space for jumping fun
  • Evenly distributed springs across the shape to give you a more stable jump
  • Better bounce than other shapes
  • Often used by professionals
  • As with a square type, a rectangle is a space-saving shape in your garden or yard

Cons

  • Higher quality means a higher price tag
  • If you are buying your first trampoline, or you’re not sure how often you’re going to use it, this investment might be a little too much to begin with
  • Takes more space up when storing it away

Who does this shape suit best?

If you are intending to use the trampoline regularly, and your children are a little older, then the investment is worth it. If you’re not using it regularly, or it’s your first time purchasing a trampoline, it might be worth holding off on this shape until you know whether your littles ones like it or not.

How Can I Choose The Best Trampoline For My Family?

Whenever you make a large purchase of any kind, you need to know what areas to look into, in order to find the best choice for you. A trampoline is certainly not just about legs, a net and something to bounce on, it’s about so much more!

This section is going to introduce you to the rather complicated world of trampoline quality, before simplifying it all down and giving you the easiest guide to use when deciding on your final purchase.

Weight Limit

You need to know how much weight the trampoline can take, and that means how many children can bounce on it at any one time! If you’re buying a trampoline for a party, you need to go for a stronger type, because otherwise you’re going to have a queue of rather impatient children waiting their turn!

You don’t want to be asking everyone to set foot on the scales before they get on the trampoline, so this is probably one of the most vital factors in deciding which trampoline to purchase.

If you go for a trampoline that is too small in terms of weight limit, e.g. a small child and toddler trampoline which usually has a 150lb weight, and then you have an adult on it, the springs and mat are going to be strained, and damage could occur.

This is something you need to think about in terms of your personal usage circumstances, but a 450lb trampoline is certainly going to be plentiful for a regular family.

Shape

We’ve talked about the shape of the trampoline at length already in our first section, because not only does the shape dictate the bounce size and how much space it takes up in your garden or yard, but it also has a lot to do with storage ease, price, and strength.

Explore the various shapes in detail before making a decision, but if you’re wanting a cheap option, something you can use just occasionally, then the simplest option is a round trampoline.

Size

There are various sizes of trampoline to choose from, and you need to think about what you’re going to use it for, in order to make the right choice. You can opt for a toddler trampoline, if as the name would suggest, you are using it for just one or two toddlers, but from there the sizes go upwards, from 8ft to 16ft, in 2ft increments.

You also need to think about height, and remember that a trampoline which is 1.5 feet or more is not recommended for a child who is under 6 years old.

Safety Padding

Safety is always something which should come first, and a good quality trampoline should be packed with safety features. One of those features is safety padding.

This is when the metal frame of the trampoline, as well as the springs, is padded, so that if a child bounces a little off centre, or a little too enthusiastically, and they fall and hit the frame or the springs, they won’t hurt themselves.

It’s really about looking at the reviews and specifications of the particular trampoline you’re looking to buy, but there is also the option to go for a soft-edge trampoline, which doesn’t contain any steel springs or a frame. Springfree make a good soft-edge version, and this is fantastic for safety.

Safety Nets/Enclosure

Obviously, you don’t have to bounce that enthusiastically to fall of a trampoline if it doesn’t have a net or enclosure around it. This is something which is a must have for all quality trampolines, and if you value safety (which you should), then netting or an enclosure is a must have feature.

The net or enclosure should be fitted to the inside of the trampoline padding area, because that means that if your child falls, they aren’t going to hit another hard edge.

Ladder Options

A ladder helps children get up onto the trampoline and back down again, and that cuts out any unsafe climbing or jumping down from the trampoline when they want to get off. It is good and safe practice to move the ladder away when nobody is using the trampoline, to stop small children from climbing up unsupervised.

Cost

You should shop around for the best deal on the type of trampoline you settle on. This is not something you should be spending a small fortune on, but you do need it to have the features required for what you’re going to use it for.

Backyard/Garden Space

Do you even have room for a trampoline? Do a little measuring and think carefully before you start shopping, so you know what space you have to play with.

We mentioned in our previous section on shapes that a square or rectangular trampoline is easier in terms of space, because the shape fits much more easily when compared to a circular option.

Spring Count/Spring Construction

If you want good bounce, you need quality spring count and construction! Springs usually come in measurements of 5.5, 7, and 8.5 inches, and you need to know that the higher the spring count, and the longer the measurement, the better the bounce quality.

Good quality springs are made of durable steel, and if the springs are made of anything else, they are simply not going to last the test of time. On top of this, the more coils per spring, the stronger the spring will be, and the better the bounce.

Confused? Just look for the higher numbers and remember that anything low cost with high spring count, means they are not going to be high quality!

Overhead Clearance

For safety reasons, you need a minimum overhead clearance distance of 24 feet, and your trampoline must be placed on level ground to ensure it remains stable throughout jumping. Grass is always a better surface compared to a hard, concrete floor, because over time the frame will become weak if it is placed on something particularly hard.

In addition, you shouldn’t place your trampoline anything less than 6 feet away from other structures, so we’re talking about trees, bushes, fences, greenhouses, sheds, and the house itself.

Frame Construction

Putting anything underneath the trampoline is a big no no, because it affects the stability. You should go for a trampoline which has a strong, durable steel frame, and whilst we have talked about shopping around in terms of cost, if you want a strong frame, then you need to spend a little more to get the quality you’re after.

Galvanised steel is protected in terms of rust formation, so that will give you a longer lifespan, and this protection will be on both the inside and the exterior of the tubing and frame itself.

The joints should be welded at the very least, but the strongest type of joint in the frame is a T-joint, which means it isn’t welded and it holds shape for much longer, without weakening.

Trampoline Anchor Kits

This is an added extra that you should certainly consider if you’re going to leave the trampoline out in the garden throughout the year.

As the name would suggest, an anchor kit keeps the trampoline anchored to the ground, so during the winter period when there may be the odd storm or bout of strong wind, the trampoline isn’t going to shift or move, which could cause damage or instability.

Trampoline Accessories

Do you need to buy them? Personal choice here, but there some additions which can be very useful, as well as being perfect for extra safety.

In this part we are talking about a safety enclosure, if your choice doesn’t come with one, and this is a must do because it really helps to prevent falls and accidents. If your product choice doesn’t come with a ladder, this is an addition which can help children climb up and down safely.

There is also the choice of going for a weather cover, which can help you store away the trampoline during adverse weather, and this mat usually has a hole in the middle to allow the rain water to run away. This is particularly ideal if you’re going away on vacation and you don’t want to leave the trampoline out in the elements without protection.

Age Range and Capacity

How old will your children be when they become too big for the trampoline, and outgrow it? This is down to size again, because if you go for a mini trampoline, the need to replace it is going to come much sooner than if you are shopping for a larger trampoline, for use by adults and children.

Overall, the general maximum weight allowance for a regular trampoline is around 331lb, although do check with the small print of the product you’re looking at, because this does vary according to the shape and size of trampoline you’re looking at.

Of course, you may be in the situation where you live on an estate, when your children have many friends who will come over and play on the trampoline too. This is something you need to think about, because if you overload the trampoline when it isn’t designed to hold that much weight, then you risk damaging it.

What Are The Best Trampoline Brands?

There are some big named brands in the trampolining world, and if you’re looking for peace of mind in your purchase, as well as the level of safety of the product, it’s probably best to go with one of these.

Let’s check out some of the big hitters in the trampoline world and see what they are best known for.

Springfree

The standout part of a Springfree trampoline is literally that it has no springs, like the name would suggest! This is thought to be the safest type of trampoline in the world, because the lack of springs cuts out the common hotspots for injury.

Instead of using springs to create that all-important bounce, this type of trampoline uses flexible rods instead, which are situated underneath the area of bouncing, and are never seen, so you can’t cause yourself an injury on them!

There is also no visible frame, as it is all underneath the jumping area – this all basically means you can’t hurt yourself on frames or springs because you can’t see them. Simple, but very effective.

This brand hails from New Zealand and has won awards the world over for safety and quality. If you’re not on a strict budget and you really want a high quality, very safe trampoline, this is probably the number one choice for you to look at.

Jumpsport

This is a long-running brand, which began in 1995 and started as a family run business. The ethos behind the company is that the founding couple experienced child injuries from the trampoline they had in their garden, and they wanted to design a product which didn’t have these issues and risks, thus creating a safer, and therefore more fun, trampoline for children and adults the world over.

These trampolines all come with a safety net enclosure, as well as a mat that absorbs shock, and therefore cuts down on injury risk too. 

Along with the Springfree brand, Jumpsport are considered to be one of the safest trampoline brands in the world.

Skybound

Skybound are an American company who sell a whole variety of different outdoor activity fun products, including swing nets and a large range of trampolines and parts. If you purchase a Skybound trampoline and in the future you need to replace a part, you won’t struggle to do this, thanks to the large replacement parts department.

Upper Bounce

Not only do Upper Bounce create high quality and very durable trampolines, but they are also a main supplier for replacement parts and accessories too, so if you purchase one of their trampolines, you have peace of mind that you can easily replace anything easily.

Again, the focus is on family fun and safety, and prices are reasonable, so most families will be able to afford a product in their range.

This brand doesn’t have a huge amount of information in terms of its origins, but it has been in business for the last two decades, and comes with extremely high reviews for products and replacement parts.

The Skybound Super 7 is one of the best selling trampolines in their range, and this has a brightly coloured exterior and a netted enclosure for safety.

Kangaroo Hoppers

This is another American manufacturer, based in Illinois. They are known for safety and fun with a twist, and they have a wide range of trampolines in many different shapes on offer.

Their motto is – “jump like a kangaroo and be safe like its baby in the pouch”. If you’re a parent, that’s a definite piece of mind motto right there! 

Prices are moderate and affordable, and replacement parts are available as your trampoline gets a little older.

Skywalker Trampolines

This company have been around since 2004, which gives you confidence in their ability to create high quality products. The focus with Skywalker is on safety but also on fun too, which is designed to encourages children to head outside into the fresh air and enjoy a sporting activity.

The key points of a Skywalker trampoline includes the design of the base; the enclosure is connected to the jumping mat with a button-hole design, and this creates a safer jumping area, because there aren’t any gaps, where injury could happen. They also use the stronger T joint design too.

Skywalker offer a large range of different shapes and sizes of trampoline, and the enclosures are all made of a tighter mesh, which means smaller children won’t tangled up or stuck.

Airzone

Airzone has some serious history, because it was the first manufacturer of spring-free trampolines in the 90s. This American company recognised that most trampolines during that time were produced in China, and there were several safety concerns, following a wave of reported injuries.

The springs were therefore replaced with bungee cords and straps all around the jumping mat. Some still retain that springs give a better bounce, but if you prefer safety as a major priority, then Airzone produce some fantastic options, and they are also affordable, available in many different shapes and sizes too.

Pure Fun

Again, we have another brand here who are focused not only on safety, but also on making the trampoline ultra-fun, just like the name would suggest! The prices on this particular brand are fantastic for families on a budget, but the products are durable too, so you’re getting peace of mind.

There isn’t a large amount of information available on where Pure Fun originated from and how long it has been in business, but reviews really do speak for themselves in terms of their products, and all safety standards are more than met.

They also create larger trampolines in their range, which is ideal for bigger families, or for when the neighbourhood kids come around!

There are of course several other trampoline brands on the market, but if you’re looking for reputation and the best in the business, then this selection of brands should be where you’re turning your attention towards.

The Fantastic Benefits of Jumping on a Trampoline

These are surely self-explanatory! Jumping on a trampoline is seriously fun! Aside from that however, there are many health benefits which come from jumping and soaring, many of which you might not have even thought about.

If your child is reluctant to exercise, then installing a trampoline in the garden is a very sneaky way to get them to exercise, without them even realising it!

There are the main benefits of jumping high on a trampoline:

Childhood obesity tackled

We just mentioned this, but some children are quite reluctant to get up and move. You could blame this on the prevalence of video games these days, or something else entirely, but children simply don’t go out and play on the park and run around as much as they used to.

Yes, it’s a shame, but it’s the times we live in. For that reason, having a trampoline in the garden is a great way to not only get them to enjoy themselves, laugh, and get out of their bedrooms, but it’s also a very sneaky way to exercise, helping them to tackle the very real risks of childhood obesity.

It’s a great way to lose weight

It’s not just children who can gain benefits from jumping on a trampoline, but adults too! For anyone who is wanting to lose a few extra pounds, moving more and sitting still less is a sure fire way to lower the pounds.

When you are using a trampoline, you are moving your body without really realising it, you are moving your muscles, you are working with resistance against the air and gravity itself, and when combined with a healthy diet, can work wonders to move excess weight.

It’s great for cardiovascular fitness

Again, you’re moving, and you’re getting your blood pumping. Don’t be fooled into thinking that a trampoline isn’t exercise – give yourself ten minutes of jumping time and see how tired you are afterwards!

Research has shown that getting your blood pumping three or four times a week, until you are a little out of breath, can do wonders for cutting your chances of developing heart disease, because it keeps your weight steady and gives you the major benefits of exercise.

It’s also a great way to learn balance and posture

If you really get into trampolining, e.g. particular poses whilst jumping, you will be working your core, and you will be learning how to balance properly, whilst righting your posture. Most of us don’t use our posture properly, but if you can master trampolining then you will notice that you are using muscles in your stomach and abs that you never knew you had!

This all works to not only tone that area (which most of us don’t really like anyway), but it also helps us maintain balance to stay upright. A good posture is imperative for health, and can help cut down on the chances of developing neck and back pain in the future.

It’s basically a very fun and effective way to keep fit

Who doesn’t love jumping in the air like a child? Of course you do, whether you want to admit it or not! The fact you’re getting a great workout at the same time won’t even come into your mind, because it’s very subtle – until the next morning when your muscles are aching, that is!

Helps wave goodbye to cellulite

Yes, it’s true! Trampolining really can help you get rid of cellulite! Cellulite is caused by fluid gathering around the cells in those troublesome areas, and this is all down to your lymphatic system not functioning as well as it could be.

When you use a mini trampoline regularly, or a full sized one, you are basically shocking your lymphatic system into draining away this fluid, by giving it a ‘up and down’ movement, which helps to open up the lymph nodes and generates drainage. Yes, you are going to need to do this regularly, but if it works, right?

Trampolining works the entire body

You use your arms, you use your legs, you use your glutes, you use your abs, you use your core, you even use your feet! When you are trampolining you are clenching and squeezing muscles you never knew you had, to control the jump and push yourself up again.

Raise your arms up and push further to really tone those ‘bingo wings’ too – basically, trampolining is a whole body workout, without having to pay for an expensive gym membership.

It’s great for your mood!

Any kind of exercise boosts your mood and cuts down on the chances of developing depression and anxiety, but when you are laughing and enjoying yourself as much as you will be when you are using a trampoline, there’s really not much chance of being in a bad mood!

If you can make trampolining a regular part of your daily routine, perhaps making sure you get outside to do it, so you can reap the benefits of fresh air, you’re really getting a mood-boosting work out.

It brings you together with your children

Laughing together with your children on your trampoline, how much fun does that sound! Doing fun activities together with your little ones is always a major plus, because it reconnects you, it helps you bond, and it basically provides you with memories that you will always keep with you.

Trampoline FAQ

What should I do with my trampoline during the winter months?

A weatherproof cover is a good idea if you are planning on leaving your trampoline out all year around, and to perhaps take advantage of the odd warm winter’s day! This will ensure that your trampoline is protected against rain and storms, and is an accessory that you can buy separately.

The cover will fit over the trampoline structure and will often have a hole in the middle to allow water to run through and out. Remember to remove pads to avoid them becoming soaked with water, and if it happens to snow, shovel the accumulation off at regular intervals to avoid it straining the springs and causing damage.

You may also want to purchase a trampoline anchor kit which helps your trampoline stay stable and in place if there are high winds. These anchor the equipment down and strengthen its placement on the ground.

Of course, you might want to store your trampoline away during the winter, and only have it out in the garden/yard when the warmer weather comes.

In this case, you need to disassemble your trampoline and store it somewhere with plenty of room, and somewhere which is cool and dry. Remember to remove all pads and nets and springs, and store them separately to the main frame.

How old does a child need to be to use a trampoline?

Most backyard trampolines are intended for children under 10 years of age, because this is the most popular age for the activity. It’s also recommended that children under 6 years don’t use a larger trampoline type, and instead opt for a mini trampoline, which are aimed at children from 2-3 years.

Basically, this is the general advice:

  • Children under three – mini trampoline
  • Children aged 4-10 years – a trampoline up to 12 feet
  • Children aged 11 and upwards (including adults) – a trampoline 14+ feet

How many jumpers can be on a trampoline at any given time?

Strictly speaking, provided the maximum weight capacity of the trampoline is not exceeded, in theory you should be able to have several jumpers at one time, however theory isn’t always correct!

To avoid collisions, safety advice is to have one person jumping on the trampoline at one time, so it’s a case of having to take turns if you want to be ultra-safe. Having said that, if the trampoline is small, too many people could cause a collision!

What is a prorated warranty?

Most trampolines are covered by what is known as a ‘prorated warranty’. This means that whilst you are covered, you are covered with a few terms and conditions to bear in mind.

For example, if you purchase a trampoline and you have it for half the warranty period before something goes wrong or something needs replacing, then you will pay for half of the cost of replacement or fixing, usually also plus the shipping (if applicable).

Basically, a prorated warranty is a split responsibility deal between you and the manufacturer.

It’s certainly worth reading the small print when you purchase your trampoline, because all different manufacturers have different warranty rules, in terms of what is and isn’t covered. Full warranties, e.g. you don’t pay anything, are quite rare.

What is the difference between having a safety net inside the springs, versus having one outside the springs?

When the safety net is inside the springs, there is less chance of injury. This is because there are less hard edges which are possible to collide with.

On the other hand, safety nets which fit outside the springs do leave the metal of the spring exposed, as well as rods which fix them together – this means there is a rod to collide with. It’s really about weighing up risk versus reality in this case.

How much overhead clearance does a trampoline need?

It is recommended that a minimum of 24 feet be given at all times, and in addition, that the trampoline is placed on level ground, to ensure stability whilst it is in use, and also when it isn’t.

Can I use a trampoline in a windy area?

It’s better not to! If there is particularly high winds one day, it’s best to save the trampolining until another day, because the chances of injury are higher. Of course, it’s also best to place your trampoline in an area that doesn’t have direct cross winds coming at it on a regular basis.

If you are looking into how to secure your trampoline during windy periods of the year, e.g. winter, an anchor kit is a good idea, but make sure that you purchase a strong and sturdy one.

It is for this reason that perhaps packing away your trampoline during the winter months is a good idea, especially if you live in an area which is susceptible to hurricane force winds.

How much side clearance do you need with a trampoline when you are using a safety net?

It is recommended the trampoline, whether including a safety net or not, shouldn’t be within 6 feet of any adjacent structures, e.g. trees, bushes, sheds, or the house itself.

Mounting and dismounting techniques – what are they?

For most children, a ladder is the safest way to get on and off a trampoline, provided an adult supervises and that only one child uses the ladder at any one time.

Of course, some children are too young to use a ladder, and in that case an adult must be on hand at all times to help with mounting and dismounting. Under no circumstances should anyone jump down from the trampoline, onto the ground.

The safest way to dismount from a trampoline is therefore walking to the edge and then sitting down, and sliding off onto the ground slowly.

What trampoline accessories are available?

The main accessories you can purchase to supplement safety and enjoyment include:

  • Safety net and enclosure
  • Anchor kit
  • All weather cover
  • Ladder
  • Replacement springs

Trampoline Rules

  • One child at a time – Yes, it’s fun to bounce with friends, but it’s safer to bounce alone and take it in turns
  • Dismount the trampoline safely, do not jump down
  • No somersaults or tricks – If your child has been taught properly then this is fine, but not knowing how to land properly can cause serious injuries
  • Children under 6 years should not use a trampoline unless it is designed for their age, e.g. a mini one
  • Never leave a child unsupervised on a trampoline
  • Dismount from the trampoline either by the ladder, or by sitting on the edge and slowly sliding down to the ground
  • Do not use the trampoline if it is wet

Trampoline Games to Enjoy

Check out these games for fun on your trampoline!

Popcorn

Very easy to do! Now, whilst it is recommended that only one child should jump at any one time on a trampoline, this game does require multiple jumpers.

In this case, make sure your children are of the correct age, that it doesn’t go over the weight allowance, and that an adult supervises at all times.

  • One jumper sits in the middle of the trampoline with legs crossed and knees close together – this person is the popcorn
  • The other jumpers are the heat, and the aim is for them to jump and make the popcorn lose control of their position – so the popcorn pops!

Bounce Battle

This game requires two players at least and is great fun, but again, supervision is required.

  • Each player counts to five and on the count of five they both do a seat drop bounce, e.g. they drop to their bottoms and bounce back to their feet
  • Repeat these drops until one of the players loses their balance and bounces to one side, rather than to their feet

Dancing Party

You need a few players for this one, and the supervising adult can be in charge of the music.

  • One player begins with a funky dance move and then stops
  • The next player has to copy that dance move and add something else on
  • The next player copies the first two dance moves and then adds another extra on
  • The first player to mess up is out
  • The last person left in the dance off is the winner

Rope Snake

You’ll need a rope as a prop for this game, and an adult should be in charge of the rope, standing on the outside of the trampoline.

  • Lay the rope across the trampoline surface and the adult moves it quickly to make it look like a wriggling snake
  • The players then have to avoid touching the snake
  • If the snake touches a player, they’re out
  • The winner is the last one standing

Trampoline Dodgeball

  • One player is on the trampoline and the others are outside
  • The outside players throw balls at the trampoline person
  • The trampoline person has to avoid the balls at all costs and if they get hit, then the person who threw the ball replaces the person in the trampoline
  • Each hit is worth points, so the player with the most points is the winner!

Now you know everything you need to know about trampolines, and you will know the type you need, the size you need, and you’ll know a few games you can play too. All that’s left to do is pick the actual product and get jumping!