Playgrounds are one of the first places where young children learn important social and communication skills like taking turns and sharing with others. In order to get the most from these play structures, it’s important that they are thoughtfully designed for the children who will be playing on them.
Preschoolers are typically between the ages of 2 and 5. These years are a time when young children are learning to be more independent while also developing large motor skills like running and climbing. It’s important that their playground equipment is age appropriate, developmentally appropriate and safe.
With the essentials in mind, here are the types of park playground equipment that every preschool park should have.
Gross Motor Equipment
Preschoolers are learning how to use their legs, arms and core to run, jump and play. These activities instill confidence in young children and get them interested in sports like soccer and t-ball. Parks for this age group should incorporate structures to climb, crawl and stretch on. Alongside this equipment should be plenty of room for free-form play.
Pretend Play Structures
Another thing preschoolers love to do is use their imaginations to role play. Playhouses are a wonderful addition to daycare playgrounds because kids are able to envision playing house and being part of a community. This age group also loves themed playgrounds, such as those that look like pirate ships or fire trucks, equipped with steering wheels, telescopes and connection bridges.
If there’s one thing about preschoolers, it’s that they fall a lot! This happens even more so when they’re running around and playing with others. To keep them safe, daycare playgrounds must have the proper safety surfacing. There are many options to choose from such as bonded rubber, engineered wood fiber, loose fill rubber and poured-in-place rubber.
Music play is being incorporated into more commercial play structures because of the inclusive opportunities it provides. Music is a universal language that encourages interaction among children of all ages and abilities. In fact, it’s a wonderful multigenerational activity! Consider incorporating musical drums, chimes or gongs into your playground design.
Motion Play Structures
One last thing you’ll want to include in your preschool playground is a motion play. Options include spinners, seesaws and spring riders. These play structures help young kids develop better balance and coordination. They also have to take turns and work together, which helps preschoolers learn the importance of patience, sharing, cooperation and cheering on their friends.
Whether you’re planning on building a playground for a preschool building, daycare, church or community, Park & Rec Pros is here to help. We are experts in outdoor play and have over 50 years of experience. Contact us today to discuss your ideas and goals for your playground project.