Children, like the rest of us, are motivated to feel their way through the world. They are guided by their senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and sound - and sensory play is one of the best ways to help children get started. Including sensory play equipment into the design of play spaces encourages children of all ages to engage with the entire design, building a more holistic understanding of the world around them.
At PlayRope, we’re deeply invested in play that is fun. But we also want to facilitate learning and growth in the process. We can recommend sensory play equipment to complement your playground design and enhance your space. From active spray pads through to musical equipment and sand-shifting - our extensive product range can help you push the boundaries to truly create a play space for growth.
Why is sensory play important?
Sensory experiences lay the groundwork for learning a whole range of skills while fine-tuning motor muscles along the way. The best part: children can discover these skills while enjoying a playground. It’s important type of play for children of all ages, that’s why so many playground are incorporating sensory playground equipment in their designs.
Sensory play has proven benefits. When we engage in playground experiences that engage our five senses, we are:
1. Building nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing more complex learning tasks.
2. Supporting language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
3. Aiding in developing and enhancing memory function.
4. Calming anxious or frustrated children.
5. Helping children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc)
How to include sensory play equipment in your playground
There are so many different ways to engage your senses. But how do you do this with playground equipment? Here are just a few ways to encourage sensory play.
Stimulate sight - When trying to engage the visual sense, look for playground equipment in bright, contrasting colours and unusual shapes. Leveraging the use of playful colour schemes and exciting structures will stimulate sight and draw attention from passersby.
Engage hearing - Musical playground equipment and talking tubes are great ways to engage children’s hearing. Many sensory-tailored playgrounds also include quiet areas, away from any panels making music or noise. This allows children who get overstimulated or overwhelmed to have a great spot to play, making the playground more inclusive and letting other children explore the contrast between sound and quiet.
Encourage tactile play - Try incorporating texturised playground equipment to help children engage with the world through touch. Braille panels are another way to promote tactile play while also making your playground more inclusive.
Why work with PlayRope?
PlayRope is an Australian-owned company that imports high-quality outdoor playground equipment from the world’s leading suppliers.
With one of the most comprehensive global networks, PlayRope is an Australian and New Zealand success story. Through our unique and carefully-nurtured supplier relationships, PlayRope delivers a product portfolio that is unrivalled, and truly reflects the need for individuality and uniqueness of design for all installations. This is irrespective of location, theme or budget.
With the backing of our design and operations team, our experienced design consultants approach all projects with that same sense of imagination, innovation and insight with which PlayRope began. Combining clever design with exceptional products, PlayRope can help activate even the smallest of spaces to deliver opportunities for play and growth that never fail to excite and engage; creating lasting memories for the whole family.
To learn more about how we can meet your sensory play equipment needs, reach out to our team today!
Touch, listen, participate. Sensory play allows the user to interact with the elements themselves.
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