Play equipment is the means by which we adults can provide physical and exciting play activities for children enabling them to develop physically, emotionally and socially. Too often though this can be reduced to a few pieces of playground apparatus spread around a designated play area that is neither attractive nor exciting.
Play equipment however is only a small part of the activity we call ‘play’. We as adults are capable of hindering play as well as providing climbing frames or structures. The installation of catalogue play towers will not necessarily provide memorable play experiences.
To make the best play experience, climbing structures need to be carefully integrated into the whole play environment.
Best play, we know, is where children engage in activities of their own volition and invention that engages their imagination as well as their body. So a play tower set beneath a tree will become a den, a look-out, a rocket or a tree house. The imagination is the limit. Play structures shaped like a metal plane can never be anything other than a plane?