FAQs About School Playground Equipment
What do you put in a school playground?
There are tons of school playground equipment that you can add to your school playground, these include:
- Play structures - including swings, slides, climbing structures and jungle gyms
- Sports equipment - sports equipment such as basketball hoops, soccer goals, baseball or softball equipment and volleyball nets
- Benches and seating - a must-have to allow children to rest and keep out of the sun after play.
- Shade and shelter - an important addition to keep children cool and shaded during the warm summer months.
- Chalkboards or whiteboards - great for getting children outdoors to draw and engage in educational activities
- Sensory play resources - including wooden sandboxes, water tables and musical instruments to engage all children’s sense
Why is playground equipment important for schools?
Playground equipment is essential for schools for reasons including:
- Encourages children to engage in physical activity
- Help children to build their gross motor skills
- Benefits children’s physical health
- Encourages children to interact with peers in a safe and stimulating environment
- Can also be used to enhance creative play in your learning setting
- Provides stress relief through physical activity
- Gives children the opportunity to connect with nature and get outdoor
How can I make my playground more fun?
- Vary play equipment - mix it up and add swings, slides, climbing structures and balance beams. Play equipment should also cater to different preferences and age groups.
- Add themed areas - add themed areas like pirate ships, jungle pieces and castles to spark the imagination.
- Incorporate natural elements - incorporate rocks, sandboxes and water play resources to encourage sensory play and exploration.
- Add interactive resources - interactive resources add an educational element to play and keep your children entertained for hours! Some great resources include xylophones, easels, chimes and floor ladders.
- Set up an area for arts and creativity - this is great for getting children to express themselves. Resources such as easel boards
- Set up shade and seating - this is a must-have for playgrounds to keep children sheltered and away from the sun when resting. Quality seating can make the playground a more inviting place for children to spend time together.
- Keep the design inclusive - ensure that the playground is accessible for children of all abilities. Make sure that there are ramps, wider paths and sensory elements that cater to a range of individuals.