Age appropriate play

REFINING SKILLS AND MAKING FRIENDS

Toddlers to six

  • Dramatic play
  • Gross and sensory motor skills
  • First friendships


GROSS MOTOR ADVANCEMENT

Balance and coordination

Pre-school children need to develop all their motor skills. The activities and movements of playing physically trains and coordinates young bodies and brains. Playground play adds to children’s wellbeing, and builds the foundation for learning and academic achievement. The playground should vary its play offerings to a range of physical skills, such as cross-body coordination, balance and proprioception. Jumping and running are important for building bone density and the World Health Organization recommends daily physical activity of at least three hours for the under fives, and as a minimum, one hour of vigorous physical activity for young children.

IMAGINATION UNLIMITED

Pre-schoolers increasingly express themselves through spoken language. Inspired by the phenomena they encounter, they use their imaginations to act out scenarios. Dramatic play develops language, literacy, communication skills and understanding of the world. Play areas should offer well-known themes on play equipment to promote this development. In these imaginary situations, the real world comes into clearer focus.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

The best way to learn and then retain knowledge is through hands-on involvement. Playgrounds are automatically hands-on: KOMPAN expands this through opportunities for play activities that make children wonder, create and think: Cause-and-effect play items, play details to explore and manipulate, play items that invite play with natural materials, like sand and water.


Three tower w/ U-net & ADA PHY 

This play dense three tower structure allows for versatile physical activities, all in a spacious framework allowing for a lot of children to play. A nice inclined net leads the child to the low house platform from which it can take the slide down. Alternatively, cross the bridge up to the middle tower. The middle tower can also be accessed by an ADA stairway, spacious enough for an assistant to go with the child. From here, the child can take the Curly Climber back to the ground, or cross the swaying climbing U-net which even allows for a break at the bottom of the net. On the other side of the U-net, a tall house platform invites a break and an elevated view, or, a slide ride down. A small play world exists under the platform, created by two play desks. If in need for an additional break, the hammock under the platform allows for it. 

 

Play values

Physical

Social/emotional

Cognitive

Creative