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14 Layout Considerations for your Playground

14 Layout Considerations for your Playground

1. Organize zones to facilitate play and minimize conflicts, e.g. locate quiet play areas away from active spaces

2. Provide areas that encourage group interaction as well as places from solitary and partner play

3. Avoid putting high-activity zones close to transitional zones

4. Locate compatible play zones close together, e.g. creative play [...]

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The Sensory Rich Playground

The Sensory Rich Playground

Young children learn by using all of their senses, so your playground should offer as many experiences as possible. The more sensory experiences, the more is learned and gained during development.  The playground should include the following sensory areas:

Visual
Vestibular
Tactile
Kinesthetic/Proprioception
Auditory

Visual: Adults tend to look at the functional aspect of playgrounds [...]

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7 Critical Steps for Planning a Playground Layout

7 Critical Steps for Planning a Playground Layout

Before choosing the actual layout for your playground, it’s helpful to have an overall plan or design for the placement of furnishings.  You will want to organize the space in a way that will promote physical and social play while minimizing conflicts.  The following is called the zoned [...]

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5 ways to stretch your playground budget

Stretching your playground budget:

Here are a few ideas to help make the most of your hard-earned funds.  As an example, here’s how your funding will normally break down with a typical turn-key project:

Description
Percentage

Equipment

60%

Installation

28%

Playground Borders

7%

Mulch/In-fill

10%

Taxes/Shipping

5%

Total

100%

Sales promotions- Make sure that you’re able to take advantage of any of several substantial sales taking place throughout the year.  Discounts [...]

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12 common playground hazards

The Dirty Dozen Checklist

Are they hiding in your child’s playground?

1. Improper Protective Surfacing
The surface or ground under and around the playground equipment should be soft enough to cushion a fall. Improper surfacing material under playground equipment is the leading cause of playground related injuries. Over seventy percent of all accidents on playgrounds are from children [...]

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