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The More Thrilling Playground

Research Into Thrilling Play - Informed by Older Children

Older children both love and need thrilling play in their development. But what makes an exciting and engaging playground? Who better to answer that question than the children themselves. 

In this research done by KOMPAN Play Institute, we gain first-hand insight into what older children consider thrilling play. The KOMPAN Cliff Rider is a result of the children's input. A truly exhilarating play piece that came straight from the children.

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The more thrilling playground

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7 Considerations for Thrilling Playgrounds

  1. Offer wildly thrilling play for all through graduated physical play (e.g. ground level activities)

  2. Responsive, physical play equipment is wildly thrilling (e.g. bouncing, swinging, spinning)

  3. Height is wildly thrilling (e.g. towers, nets, bridges, Cliff Rider)

  4. Speed is wildly thrilling (e.g. slides, Supernovas and other spinners, Track Riders).

  5. Meandering and the feeling of getting lost (hide-and-seek style) is thrilling (e.g. mazes)

  6. Water is thrilling (jumping from rock to rock in water, not falling into water)

  7. Time pressured games or competitions are thrilling

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