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June 2020

Outdoor play climbing wall with safety surfacing below

Time to climb and have some fun

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This week we completed the installation of a double sided zig zag climbing wall for a learning centre in West Sussex.

Traversing walls otherwise known as climbing walls are popular pieces of outdoor play equipment right across the age span from infants through to adult. Whether free standing and double sided or a single sided span, climbing walls encourage active play and provoke critical thought as children work out the best way to move from hold to hold.

A zig zag climbing wall installed over safety surfacingTraversing walls add a new dimension to an outdoor play area and are often used in imaginative play as children conjure up scenarios that require escape or rescue. The wooden walls have strategically placed molded plastic hand grips that provide support as you climb the length of the wall. The spacing of the holds is key to a successful and challenging climbing wall. If they’re too close then the wall can be too easy, spaced too far and the wall can become non passable. Our plans factor in the age and ability of the users of the play equipment.

With older children, more challenging traversing walls can provide part of physical education lessons as they promote development of core strength, balance and agility. Good upper body strength particularly in the hands, arms and shoulders is also required to complete some of the more arduous walls.

Not only are our climbing walls functional but they can also incorporate designs to fit in with your play area to ensure that they look good also. Design and function will ensure the success of the new wall at your school, park or play area.

Wooden traversing wall for childrens outdoor play timeMade using sustainably sourced timber with a guarantee for 20 years our traversing walls can be designed and installed at your play area. Our range of safety surfacing compliments the climbing walls well providing a safe soft surface below the wall to cope with the odd tumble ensuring that all outdoor play remains safe and fun for children of all ages.

Safety surfacing for climbing walls comes in many forms which can both look good and perform well. Wet pour surfacing provides good protection against falls and knocks. It also comes in a range of fantastic colours so can become part of the overall design for your new traversing wall.

Call us today if you are looking for any outdoor play equipment for your school, park or other play area.

 

Dogs enjoying the wooden play equipment

Outdoor play for pooches

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So what can you do when you’re socially distancing and not allowed on most school or park premises ? This Spring the enquiries for new play equipment kept on coming in but with the restrictions in place we were unable to follow-up on many but were able to focus on one or two of the more unusual requests.

Wooden play equipment installed in a field

A dog daycare centre approached us asking whether we could create some wooden play equipment for their canine visitors. Once the owner had described what he wanted for the dogs we thought of just the right piece of play equipment which with a little adaptation would be ideal for the playing pooches.

A wooden play tower with ramps and tiled roof

In our play tower range we produce many different designs which include a range of activities for the children including connecting climbers, sand pits, climbing ramps and ropes. One particular outdoor play tower, The Wishing Mine incorporates climbing ramps on both sides which we thought would be ideal for dogs.

We decided to make the ramp a little wider so that 2 or 3 dogs could climb the tower at the same time and sure enough it proved a great success. We incorporated some rubber matting at the base of the play ramps to help protect the grass.

A childrens play tower being enjoyed

The wooden structure is made from sustainably sourced timber which comes with a 20 year guarantee. The roof of the play tower is clad with wooden tiles which make for a very environmentally friendly pooch play palace. If you are looking for outdoor play equipment for your school, nursery or holiday park then why not consider our range of play towers and climbing frames. We are now able to quote for new installations of play equipment and our workshop is in full production so why not call us today so we can help you with your outdoor play requirements.

Outdoor Play & Learning for Primary School Children

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Schools are experiencing changes in the way they are able to work and play and as a result of social distancing restrictions more lessons are being held outside in the fresh air. Many schools have been in contact with us at Outdoor Play UK asking for ideas to help them make better use of their outdoor space in a safe and productive way.

Meadow bench seating for outside learning

Wooden becnh seating for school play areas

In the previous post we looked at outdoor shelters and classrooms and now we are exploring open sided structures such as the gazebo below and less formal settings such as bench seating in natural meadow settings where children can learn about all things natural as well as benefit from social and emotional skills in the great outdoors.

Playing and learning outside are a great way to help children of all ages to appreciate and respect nature which is going to play an increasingly important role in their lifetimes with increasing environmental awareness. Outdoor learning helps children to understand the interdependence of humans, plants and animals. Another key benefit of outdoor learning is active movement which allows many children to focus more with faster cognitive processing which promotes better memory retention. In short, learning and playing outside works well and is ideal during the current circumstances.

Wooden planters provide outdoor learning focus

Large wooden planters for school play areasPlanters are ideal for younger children and are a useful way of softening play areas such as playgrounds. If your school is in an urban setting, planters can be used to add wildlife in to the play area while introducing an educational theme. Whether for flowers and pollinators or for vegetables and edibles, planters provide educational fun for children as well as offering a hands on lesson when it comes to caring for the plants.

Our quality wooden planters can be made to fit your play area and are made exclusively from timber from sustainable sources. Made from glued laminated timbers these planters can be made to any length, width and height to suit your play space and are guaranteed for 20 years.

Open sided shelters provide cover from sun and shine

An open sided Dartmouth gazebo shelter with wooden deckingWith distancing measures with us for some time it is essential that your outdoor seating arrangements are both compliant and comfortable for your outdoor learning activities. All of our outdoor seating is made from natural timber. We offer individual seating such as our storytime seating for the younger children or larger bench units that allow suitable separation between children.

If you are considering adapting your play area to accommodate the social distancing restrictions or are thinking of adding an outdoor learning area, then why not contact us to discuss the option you have for enjoying the great outdoors.