What goes up, must come down.
Sliding trains balance, coordination and spatial awareness, and is great for encouraging social play.
Sliding is an activity that appeals to everyone!
Slides have long been seen as the perfect go-to for designers looking to reward children for completing a certain challenge such as climbing a hill. The increasing ambition, scale and complexity of play structures, and the trend of elevated play has resulted in slides being incorporated into multi-level equipment in a myriad of weird and wonderful ways.
What is Playground Slides equipment?
Slides are a playground staple that kids flock to. While kids see them as fun, slides also help integrate multiple developmental skills and senses. Before a child reaches the slide, there are stairs to climb, building coordination, balance and strength in arms and legs.
Sliding also creates increased vestibular involvement and an awareness of how our bodies move through space and against gravity. It sharpens proprioception, too, improving an awareness of body position and the amount of force needed for an activity.
Additionally, slides introduce a great opportunity for children to learn important social skills like sharing and taking turns. Waiting in line develops patience and self-regulation skills, and it can also initiate understanding and compassion for the skills and physical abilities of other kids.