We are currently in lockdown again here in Sydney but before we hunkered down we’d been out and about shopping. While walking through Bunnings I spotted a range of mainstream equipment which I thought would be great for families looking for reasonably priced home entertainment. This list may be more relevant than ever with school holidays coinciding with lockdown. I love that these items can be bought at an everyday store like Bunnings and may prove disability friendly for some.
BJ absolutely loves a trip to Bunnings Warehouse, so it’s not just me who enjoys browsing the aisles. You can guarantee I can always find something I didn’t need. And no, this is NOT a sponsored post, I just love sharing ideas that may help others.
SIX DISABILITY FRIENDLY ITEMS YOU CAN BUY AT BUNNINGS WAREHOUSE
TIE DOWNS FOR A WHEELCHAIR
Grunt tie-downs are our best friend. We always have a couple in the boot of the car and never leave home without them when we travel. They are super strong and can handle the weight of the wheelchair.
When we were exploring Hamilton Island it was handy to be able to strap the wheelchair to the golf buggy so we had it with us at all times. BJ thought it was pretty cool and it certainly embodied our website’s name, Have Wheelchair Will Travel. At around $6 (depending on length) they are a reasonably priced item too.
SOFT FALL MATTING
When we built our house BJ spent a lot of time sitting playing with his toys given he wasn’t walking. We wanted to make one of our outdoor areas safe for him to play so we put down soft fall pavers.
They look like regular pavers but are safer and warmer. They were expensive but served a purpose when the kids were younger. We’d sit them outside with boxes of toys and they’d enjoy playing together. At the time there were no other options for soft fall.
When wandering through Bunnings I noticed they sell soft fall rubber paver tiles that are 1m x 1m. They are perfect for making a safe play zone for kids. They are priced at around $33 a tile.
On BJ’s first birthday he was gifted a Fisher Price swing. It lasted him for many years and provided so much enjoyment for him. It was ideal for a little one unable to sit on his own and kept him safe.
Bunning’s has several versions including one that has the same high back and t-bar at the front which I’ve found online. Most are around $30.00, so they are a reasonably priced piece of equipment. You just need somewhere secure to hang it and I can guarantee it will bring much joy to little ones. The swing pictured below isn’t as secure without the t-bar but may suit some children.
For kiddos, or teens, who prefer to lie down while swinging there are plenty of options.
I particularly like basket swings with a soft base rather than a net base for comfort. I feel the rope swings are fairly hard to lie on. I also like a swing which allows for more than one child to be on it at a time so kids can play together. Bunnings has several options in various sizes.
The rope basket swings do have the advantage of not staying as wet after rain but I’m still not a big fan.
If you are like us and avoiding the shops, Bunnings offers click and collect which means you can stay outside the store and they’ll bring it to your car so there’s no need for contact.
We’re always keen to hear about mainstream items which can help people with a disability so please share any ideas you may have.
You may also like to check the items we’ve shared in this Gift Guide.