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Once upon a time, there was a traditional playground. Today, you can witness the evolution of playgrounds with The Smart Playground™. This commercial playground is inspired by the beautiful fairytales of one of the greatest storytellers, Hans Christian Andersen. The Hans Christian Andersen-themed play equipment can be used as independent playground structures for toddlers or with a virtual, interactive digital layer. The interactive playground equipment is designed for different age groups and provides a great opportunity for language stimulation and exciting adventures.

Smart playgrounds provide a unique opportunity for both adults and children to share cultural and educational experiences. These playgrounds are inspired by classical fairy tales that have been guiding and inspiring people since the 1840s. In the modern era, these tales have been brought to life in an interactive and engaging way through outdoor play structures and digital entertainment. This makes it a fun experience for everyone involved, turning these famous stories into a source of entertainment and learning for all.

From the Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling to Tinderbox – we bring you a unique combination of a fairytale playground with physical and online play. Let the adventure begin.

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Digital Playgrounds vs. physical playgrounds

We are living in a different era. Nowadays, young people's minds seem to work faster than ever before, while their bodies move much less frequently. The attraction of digital screens has led to a potentially damaging and sedentary lifestyle, which is full of virtual communication but lacks face-to-face interaction. Although the mouse clicks, joystick movements, and touchscreen taps are valuable skills in our technological age, they cannot replace physical activities and the freedom to express oneself outdoors.

Children can now enjoy interactive playground equipment, whether digital or physical, and unleash their imagination.

Three Key Elements for SMART Playground™

Turning fairy tale themes into outdoor play designs, combined with age-appropriate challenges paired with a complete digital package of fairy tales and virtual games, you supports learning, edutainment, and fun.

Themed Play structure

The playground structures are designed with two fairy tales, offering age-appropriate physical challenges for younger children (1-4) and older (2-8) in a colorful theme.

  • Facilitate free, guided and instructed play

  • Social inclusion (digital layer gives additional ground-level activities)

  • Durable material (steel/plastic), 100% non-wood products (vandalism resistant, wear & tear resistant)

  • Low installation and maintenance costs.

The Fairy Tales

  • Unite children and adults through a typical reference frame - facilitating child/adult interaction

  • Strongly appeal to children. They are designed for the "child's world"

    (in eye height with children)

  • Spark role play and imagination (kick starts play and interaction for children).

  • Enormous storytelling appeal - Sparks active use of language (keeps the play going on and on)

  • Add educational content to play

Digital Content

Using a free App downloaded on your tablet or smartphone, you can create a link between the physical and virtual worlds. These Apps offer you instant access to the popular fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, which can be read or read out loud in 16 different languages. We have leveraged the interest of children in technology to encourage them to rediscover their love for outdoor play. Our edutainment games are both fun and charming, and help to ignite children's imagination in the playground.

  • Bring your smartphone or tablet to the playground

  • Scan the QR code on the playground structure with your smartphone

  • You will be taken to your App Store to download the KOMPAN App

The KOMPAN H.C. Andersen App

To engage digitally with the SMART Playground™, download The H.C. Andersen App from your App Store or Android. Here, you'll find three digital games supporting learning, edutaining and fun from the age of 4+.

H.C. Andersen Play Along App

This game is designed for younger children and centres around famous H.C. Andersen fairytales like The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, and Tinderbox. As the child interacts with the game, they get to experience these iconic fairytales and also develop their hand-eye coordination skills. The game also features a multitouch function that allows two players to play simultaneously. It is completely safe for kids as it does not include any in-game purchases or affiliate links.

H.C. Andersen Tale Run App

Embark on a thrilling adventure through the enchanted universe of the classic fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, which includes The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Tinderbox. You have the chance to play as three iconic characters, each from one of the tales. As you take on the role of The Ugly Duckling, you'll run through the duck yard, transforming from a gray duckling to a beautiful white swan.

H.C. Andersen Read Along App

In this App, you can enjoy reading, listening, and following along with the beautiful fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Our app features The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Tinderbox, all available in animated versions with text and images. You can read these stories with your kids or follow along while reading aloud in English or one of the other 14 language versions. Join us and experience the magic of these classic tales!


  • Parents and teachers can guide children's play, encouraging role play and learning activities.

  • The downloadable 'SMART Playground™ Teachers Guide' includes interactive games that improve children's learning, including reading, speaking, listening, and writing

Frequently asked questions

What is the lead time for units?

we can provide an approximate lead time of 4-6 weeks upon order placement. Our contracts department will provide timely and regular updates to keep you informed throughout the process.

Is it possible to make changes to the units?

Some changes are possible - our design team will be able to advise on what changes can be made.

What budget do I need for this range?

Prices vary depending on requirements. Our sales team can advise on equipment prices and required labour for your play area.