Shaded Nation – Shade Sails
If you read part one of our blog about designing a children’s playground, you’ll know that safety and shelter should be your top concerns.
However, once these boxes have been ticked, you can turn your attention to the next most important part of a playground – fun.
After all, the purpose of a playground is to allow children to enjoy themselves in the open air and you want to give them as much opportunity to do so as possible. Exactly how you do this is largely dependent on space and budget, but here’s a few tips you might find useful.
The first thing you need to consider is just who exactly will be using the playground. If it will be limited to a particular age range that makes things a lot easier as the area can be tailored towards the group’s specific needs.
A mixed age range is trickier as you need to cater for all children, but don’t want kids to come into contact with equipment that isn’t suitable for their age. In this case, it may be advisable to construct some sort of fence or barrier that will be used to keep children in the right area for their age.
When it comes to equipment, the classics are always a good place to start. Swings, slides, roundabouts and climbing frames come in a variety of sizes that are suitable for a wide range of ages and kids just can’t get enough of them.
If you don’t have the space for large playground equipment or can’t stretch your budget that far, there’s plenty of more affordable options you can go for.
Sand pits are great for younger children and are reasonably inexpensive to install. What’s more we can even provide a custom-made sand pit cover.
Another cheap way to make a playground fun is drawing a hopscotch design on the ground, or you could go one step further and draw an entire board game like snakes and ladders. This will take a little bit of effort, but it won’t cost much and kids will love it.