I bought this to keep at my house for my two 3 year old grandsons and 1 year old grand daughter (when she gets a little older). The 3 year old boys love it!! VERY EASY to put together. I read the other reviews and we took the pieces out of the box while we were still at the store to fit it into our SUV. While putting the playscape together, we used the higher spot for the slide because the lower one was a little lame. It took the 2 of us about 45 minutes to put together if you don't count the "surgery" I had to do on the climbing wall to make the 4 bolts fit. I wish there was a plastic piece going across the rock wall side like there is on the rope ladder side. My grandson backed up a little but I was right by him. I showed him how close to the edge he backed up. I can see how easily he could back up and fall off. I will probably attach some kind of board across there until he gets a lttle older. I don't see how a 7 or 8 yr old would enjoy this unless they were small for their age. It's a little young for that age. But I think it would be fine for up to age 5 or 6. I would have given 5 stars if the bolts in the package had been long enough. I could not get them to stick out through the holes far enough to get the nuts on. I could not get them to even go on the first thread, but then I noticed the edges around the holes were not flat - the plastic was obviously made in a mold and had not been trimmed flat. The edges were sticking out about 1/8th of an inch, keeping the two pieces from fitting close enough together, so I took a rasp file and a box cutter blade and trimmed them down so that they were completely flat. Afterwards, I was able to get the nut on the first thread of the bolt. Then by using the wrench and screwdriver I was able to turn it about 2 or 3 more turns. I would suggest that the company that makes it (Little Tikes) should use bolts that were 1/4" to 1/2" longer. By the way, the "telescope" pivots up and down and swivels completely around, so your child can look through it at the clouds, the ground and 360 degrees around. There is no magnification in the clear plastic lens but our grandson didn't notice. Another important thing for those that want to mow their lawn. I am a grandmother and I can slide the playscape by myself over (one side at a time) to move it to a freshly mowed place so my husband can mow the grass where it has been. With the two of us, it is even easier to move around, but I was surprised I could move it by myself.
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