Spinning Play Equipment

Carousels & Spinners

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What are playground Spinners?

Commercial playground spinners are units that spin clockwise and counterclockwise. They come in various shapes and sizes and excite children no matter the setting!

All children love the sensation of spinning and our range of spinning equipment includes traditional carousels and innovative award winning products. Spinning, while great fun, also helps children to improve their balance, muscle strength and bone density.

Our innovative range of spinners and carousels which can be used sitting or standing will attract children of all ages and abilities and will help children improve their social skills and learn more about taking turns.

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Benefits of Playground Spinning Units

It's natural for children to want to spin. Even without play equipment, children love twirling and spinning. Spinning is vital in child development as it helps their nervous system to develop. Other benefits of spinning equipment within a playground include helping to improve children's gross motor skills, promoting social interaction and helping children develop and improve their communication skills.

Children love the sensation of speed and spinning and our design and sales team can offer advice on what units from our spinning range best suit your user group - from our spica to our spinner bowl we have a unit that will best suit your needs.

Playgrounds with spinning units encourage movement and physical activity which is important for all age groups as they develop. Spinning can be a solo activity on our spinner bowl or can be enjoyed with friends on our supernova or multi spinner and including spinning equipment in your playground is a simple way to ensure children will move and be active!

By combining spinning equipment with other freestanding units such as swings or climbing units you can easily create a fun space for children to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the spinny things on a playground called?

The playground spinning unit is called a roundabout, a merry-go-round, a playground spinner, or a carousel, depending on what it is called in your local area!

2. What happened to merry-go-rounds?

Many older merry-go-rounds have been removed from playgrounds and replaced with newer, safer ones. Today, commercial playground equipment must comply with strict safety standards and all commercial equipment must be certified.

3. How do playground spinners work?

Spinners for one child work by using your body weight to set the item in motion. For spinning units fit for more users, children can hop on and off while the item is spinning; they generate movement by pushing against the ground to create momentum and use their body weight to slow down or speed up the spinner. 

4. Are playground spinners inclusive?

Spinning equipment usually facilitates inclusive play but it is important to think about the safety surfacing used to ensure this is accessible for all users also. The right spinning equipment is especially beneficial for children with autism.   Learn more about inclusive play equipment and playgrounds here

5. Are playground spinners safe?

Many things can be done to ensure the children's safety while using spinning equipment. Firstly, ensure that your spinner is made from commercial-grade materials with industry-leading warranties. This will prevent the equipment from breaking and causing accidents. It is also important to ensure your safety surfacing complies with the critical fall height of the unit. Also, ensure the spinner has safety handles and flooring to prevent falls and slips. Ensure spacing between the surrounding playground items and create a no-running zone around the spinner to avoid accidental hits.

6. Do modern playground spinners limit the speed?

Yes. Modern playground spinners come with ways to limit the speed at which a child can spin.