Taking Play Seriously Make An Enquiry Design ideas

Video: 5 Tips for Creating an Effective Play Space

 

A huge amount of time, work effort and cost go into designing a play space. In this video, our playground consultant, James Rogers, shares 5 tips to create an effective playground.

1. Design for children

Probably the most important point in playground design is to remember who the playground is for. It’s for children! We need to look at the children and observe how they use the playground and how they think. Even asking children what they like in a playground is a great idea.

2. Consider parents, carers & supervisors

Of course, the playground is designed for children, but don’t forget who brings them to a play space. These people can be parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and so on. If they don’t like going, they won’t take the children. So, we need to provide amenities like seating, car parking, easy access paths or perhaps a little bit of shade while they’re watching their children playing in that amazing play space design you’ve just created.

3. Balance between form & function

We need to ensure we’ve got a balance between form and function. Think of the children first then add design elements. That ‘wow’ factor may look good on paper but it may not necessarily what children are interested in.

4. Include a wide range of play opportunities

We also need to provide a wide range of play activities. It’s important to consider for all ages and abilities. This may be swings and slides, but it also might be simple things like rockers for little kids or it might be a giant swing for older children. We need to think of all age groups.

5. Make the playground customised & unique

Once you’ve designed a play space that you know children are going to love, then you can start applying yourself to the extra details that will attract not only children, but everyone else, including locals. Think about things like the site, the history, the location, what happened in the past, what could be happening in the future and apply that to your playground design.

Creating a great play space is hard work, but we all know it’s worth it. If you have any questions about these tips or about an upcoming project, contact our playground consultants on 1300 237 587 or email sales@adventureplus.net.au

Related Content

Preserving The Body Through Good Play Design

What does it mean? Any adult knows that children often have unmatched energy. When you’re young you’re likely to be at your healthiest. Children are full of energy and enthusiasm. […]

Discover More +

Playground Design Ideas for Different Play Types

Play is about a lot more than swings, roundabouts and slides – fun as those things are! Researchers have identified as many as 16 different types of play that kids […]

Discover More +

Play Space Access, Traffic Flow & Equipment Positioning Guide

Playground design is a serious business. The science of play is more complex than first meets the eye. It involves more than just choosing equipment from a catalogue pasting it […]

Discover More +

Alice’s Playspace: Designing Play Equipment for Inclusive Playgrounds

Alice’s Playspace at Errington Reserve, St Albans, Victoria is perfect for big and little kids with different abilities and has different play areas and equipment appealing to a range of […]

Discover More +

Should kids play outside in winter? Science says yes

When the cold season rolls around, it can be tempting to stay warm, indoors. However, it can do more harm than good especially for children who need some form of […]

Discover More +

What to Expect in the Playground Creation Process

The playgrounds designed and built by leading Australian playground experts, adventure+, are in high demand thanks to innovative designs and streamlined systems that ensure a cost-effective, high quality result from ideation […]

Discover More +

What Effect Does Hot Weather Have on Children’s Playgrounds? 5 Tips to Limit the Heat Impacts.

According to the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology, January 2019 was the hottest month on record for Australia as a whole. It also was the warmest or second warmest recorded […]

Discover More +

Nature Play or Traditional Play. What’s most effective?

When it comes to creating a play space there are many types of play you can include. Some common words you hear are: nature play, traditional play, collaborative play and […]

Discover More +

Does a Fence Make Sense?

What are some of the uses and benefits of fences? Erecting a fence around a backyard pool improves safety and limits unaccompanied access Fencing around animal enclosures serve to protect […]

Discover More +

Understanding Playground Assessments, Inspections & Audits

Maybe your school is one of the hundreds in Australia that hasn’t yet caught up with the latest playground inspection requirements.  We often hear questions like: What are playground inspections? […]

Discover More +