A spring rider or spring rocker is a bouncy, outdoors playing device, invented in the 1970s in Denmark. It mainly consists of a metal spring beneath a plastic or wooden central beam or flange, with 1 to 4 plastic or fiberglass seats above it. When a person sits on it, the structure moves and bounces. Spring riders are common in many playgrounds. They are often designed to look like an animal or a vehicle.
Prior to this, the horse spring toy was patented in 1956 in Pasco, Washington. This toy is commonly known as a rocking horse or spring toy. This is because it has a great resemblance to these things.
Spring Riders are a unique piece of playground equipment. They come in several different types, such as cars, bikes, and animals. The different shape or form the spring rider is in can spark the creativity of children. They can be riding whatever they imagine and be riding to wherever their mind takes them. Spring riders allow children to bounce and rock and they are perfect for toddlers and preschool age children. They move back and forth by the child rocking on it, so children are able to develop muscle strength. They also must hold their body on the spring rider and they learn balance and motor skills.
Because spring riders are great for younger children it is important they are safe. They may not challenge older children enough who have developed better balance and strength skills. Younger children are still learning these skills and it may be harder for them to use the equipment. Creating a safe piece of equipment and area around the equipment then is extremely important. At Trassig we make sure that all playground equipment is up to code and as safe as possible.