In this fast-paced, increasingly concrete world, it’s not uncommon to feel that our children are missing out on something. So we do our best to fill that gap with playgrounds and parks. Yet, sometimes, the designs of these spaces can be too elaborate and over-complicated. When really we should just be giving our kids what they’re missing.
Nature-inspired play equipment encourages children to climb, jump and splash in the raw environment, through pieces that integrate with the landscape. You get to watch their thirst for nature grow from there.
Why is nature-inspired Play Equipment important?
Getting out and playing in nature is linked to a range of health benefits for children, from improved cognitive ability through to reduced aggression. A play in nature can even have a positive impact on creativity and interaction with adults.
The benefits go on! Natural playgrounds help children to improve social skills, cooperation, and the ability to solve problems.
When you consider these impacts, nature-inspired playground equipment seems like a no-brainer. Through nature, children understand more about the world and themselves, learning to identify and navigate risks, and building confidence.
Natural, irregular and challenging spaces also help kids learn to recognise, assess and negotiate risk and build self-esteem and competence. In the structured and digital world we live in, the role of outdoor play has never been more vital.
What is nature-inspired play equipment?
A natural playground is usually a small piece of nature or sometimes replicated nature which contains a variety of different mini-environments. There are often separate areas appropriate for active play, creative play, and quiet time. These spaces allow children to run and play like normal but often have the addition of natural and prefabricated materials which are movable and can be manipulated.
In addition to these items, most playgrounds inspired by nature contain some type of water - whether it be a small water fountain or a replica lake area. Sandy or rocky areas beside a water channel is a common component of these playgrounds as well. Varied terrains or hills are often included to enhance a range of movement.
Things like sand, water, twigs, branches, logs, pebbles, rocks, and fallen leaves are very useful for these purposes. Prefabricated items like buckets, spades and bits of plastic piping are often included as parts of these play areas to spark creative use. The idea is to provide the necessary tools for the children to create objects formed in their imagination, providing them with interesting and entertaining challenges.
Why work with PlayRope?
The simple things in life are often the real treasures. When we over-complicate things we lose the essence of what many kids love most: Horsing around in nature. Let them play in the elements, help them learn how to appreciate our natural surrounds and enable the discovery of imagination in play grow from here.
Through our unique and carefully-nurtured supplier relationships, PlayRope can deliver a nature-inspired playground that will wow even the pickiest child. With the backing of our design and operations team, our experienced design consultants tackle all projects with that same sense of imagination, innovation and insight with which PlayRope began.
So, what are you waiting for? Let us help you build the playground you’ve always dreamed of today!
Elements inspired by nature seamlessly integrate equipment into the surrounding landscape.
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