For Ages 5 to 12
Finding the Right School-Age Playground Equipment
Older kids have different play needs—that’s why we offer school-age playgrounds specifically designed to entertain, challenge, burn calories, boost brain power, and build relationships. Explore our play equipment for children ages 5-12 to create a brand new structure or enhance your existing playground for kids of all abilities. When you choose school-age playground equipment from Playworld, we work with you to create the ideal combination for your play space. We know how important it is to encourage healthy, lifelong habits in children. As kids grow, you can count on our play equipment to be a constant source of fun.
Our preconfigured playgrounds feature a variety of activities that challenge the body, foster socialization and build life-long friendships.
Create your own unique playground to fit space and budget requirements, activity preferences, or curriculum needs using our individual components.
Choose your favorite net structures, climbers and other freestanding products to create an immersive play space.
Finding the Right
Your needs might be complex, but choosing a playground doesn’t have to be. Our product filter lets
you choose products based on budget, play space size or activity. Additionally, our line of PlaySimple® products
can provide you with durable products at your price point.
Age-Appropriate Equipment and Activities
Playgrounds for schools need to have equipment and activities designed for school-aged children, and if you have children from kindergarten through teenage years, you may need separate play areas for each to ensure safety and adequate challenges. Activities and school play equipment that is safe and fun for older kids may not be appropriate for younger children.
Surfacing and Shade
Consider pour-in-place, loose-fill, and other surfacing options. All have their advantages when it comes to safety and budget, and all can prevent injuries caused by impact and falls from playground equipment.
Another consideration is shade. Shade can protect children from burns and can also keep your school-age playground equipment from getting too hot, which can help protect your investment.
Safety is a top consideration for school-age playgrounds, so you will want to make sure the equipment you buy meets or exceeds standards established by organizations that set standards and create regulations for commercial playground equipment. These organizations may include the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), and many others.
Even the safest school playgrounds need careful supervision to ensure safety. You can help by considering playground design elements to make caregivers’ jobs easier. Make sure each piece of playground equipment can be clearly seen and is visible to someone standing outside the playground. Also, provide site furnishings such as benches so teachers and other adults can supervise children comfortably.
An inclusive playground is one that is accessible to children of all mobility levels and engaging for children with varying abilities. Building inclusiveness into your playground means creating enough space around playground equipment so caregivers can help children who need it. It can also mean creating quiet and cozy spaces for children who may need quiet time to decompress. When considering design, you will want to ensure children of different abilities can use the equipment.
Resources for School Playground Design
Download INCLUSIVE GUIDE
A step-by-step guide how to incorporate inclusive play principles into an existing or new playground including design tips.
Download PLAYGROUND 101 GUIDE
Create a poster or attach to email to help boost support for your new playground project in just 10 steps.