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colorful playground equipment A playground is a piece of land that is set aside for children's play activities.  Most playgrounds are equipped with recreational facilities such as sandboxes, jungle gyms, swings and slides.  These items, collectively known as playground equipment, are usually made of wood, plastic or steel, with surfaces designed for safety.

Children enjoy playing with different play equipment at different ages, and a wide variety of commercial and residential playground equipment is available for children of all ages.  Plan a home playground to meet the changing needs of your children as they grow.

  • For children age 2 and under, different textures and color contrasts can stimulate their senses.  At this age, kids like to crawl or are learning to walk, so consider areas for them to crawl as well as handles and small ramps to complement their mobility skills.
  • Children age 2 to 5 like to crawl through tunnels, play in sandboxes, slide down small slides, play in playhouses, swing on swings, and ride on tricycles.  Most playground equipment for children in this age group sits close to the ground to reduce the danger from falls.
  • For children of ages 5 to 12, a wider variety of play equipment is appropriate, including horizontal bars and ladders, merry-go-rounds, monkey bars, see-saws, gym rings, sliding poles, and climbing walls.

A Child Plays on Playground Play Equipment features a directory of children's playground equipment suppliers and playground safety and design resources.  Many play items can be obtained online or from home centers, toy stores, or directly from manufacturers.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing playground equipment and accessories.

Playground Equipment Installers

Playground Equipment Manufacturers

  • Detailed Play Systems
    Wooden swing sets, plans, kits, accessories, and playground equipment.
    Offers a series of unique playgrounds and play environments for children.
  • CedarWorks
    Features wooden swingsets and playsets made of northern white cedar.
  • Planet Playgrounds
    Affordable and attractive equipment for all your commercial playground needs.
  • Landscape Structures
    Designs and builds innovative playground and skate park equipment.
  • Soft Play
    Outdoor & indoor playground equipment and playground parts for commercial applications.
  • Miracle Recreation Equipment
    Manufacturer of children's park and recreation equipment.
  • Little Tikes > Commercial
    Commercial playground equipment, play systems, and play grounds.

Related Playground Equipment Websites

  • Playground Safety Publications
    This series of publications by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission features a wealth of information about playground safety.
    The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association provides product certification services for public play equipment in the USA and Canada, and for public play surfacing materials in the USA.
  • World Playground Equipment Directory
    Directory of playground, park, and recreation products, equipment, and services.
  • KaBOOM!
    The KaBOOM! vision is a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.  The KaBOOM! mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities.

Related Child Play Sites

  • Swing Sets - outdoor swings and play sets for children.

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