Ages 5 to 12

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.

Playgrounds

Our preconfigured playgrounds challenge kids’ bodies, minds, and imaginations, encouraging inclusive play and promoting child development.

COMPONENTS

Pick and choose the perfect components to create an engaging and challenging school-age playground that meets your budget, space or curriculum.

Freestanding

Enhance your existing or new playground immeasurably and cost-effectively with a variety of freestanding spinners, swings, climbers and more.

Finding the Right Playground Equipment for Ages 5-12

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.

Rep Finder

Explore our diverse equipment choices. Contact your local rep for a consultation and let us help you create a playground environment you will be proud of.

Inclusive School Design

The school playground should be a space for all children to play together. Learn how you can make your space entertaining for kids of all abilities.

Looking for Inspiration?

Browse pictures from real playgrounds across the globe and hear how Playworld has helped transform neighborhoods with the power of play.

Quality Kids Playground Equipment

Children’s playgrounds should be a safe place to foster fun, creativity and learning, so the quality of your school playground equipment is important. Details like shatterproof plastics and strong steel platforms make a huge impact. We focus on those little details so you can focus on the magic of play.

Designing a School Playground

Designing a school playground is a big undertaking, but one that can help you build a safe play area designed to encourage development and fun. A little thinking about your site, budget and playground use ahead of time can reap big rewards.

School Playground Design Considerations

Before you start actively buying school playground equipment, you need to consider a few things ahead of time:

Age-Appropriate Equipment & 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 playground equipment from getting too hot, which can help protect your investment.

Safety

Safety is a top consideration for school 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.

Supervision

Even the safest playground needs 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.

Inclusiveness

An inclusive playground is one that is accessible to children of all mobility levels. 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

Building school-age playgrounds is a big task, which is why Playworld has created different resources to help you further. Our Inclusive Design Guide was developed by childhood development and playground experts and takes you in-depth into practical ways you can engage the senses, creativity and intellect of children of all abilities on your school playground. Our Playground 101 Guide breaks down the complexities of creating a playground into 10 comprehensive steps, giving you a clear roadmap to follow. Of course, if at any point you have questions, you can also contact Playworld for assistance or design help.

Inclusive Guide

A step-by-step guide how to incorporate inclusive play principles into an existing or new playground including design tips.

Playground 101 Guide

Create a poster or attach to email to help boost support for your new playground project in just 10 steps.

Contact Playworld

If at any point you have questions, contact our playground experts for assistance or design help.

How to Fund a New School Playground

Buying playground equipment for schools is an important investment, but many schools and school boards are concerned about cost. Luckily, Playworld has a number of resources to help you pay for your playground without cutting corners.

Fundraising is one of the time-tested ways to raise money for outdoor playground equipment for schools. Fundraising means you don’t have to pay loans back and gets the whole community involved in your project. Beyond ideas such as bake sales, you can sell advertising space or host talent shows and fairs to raise money. Playworld has a whole guide full of fundraising ideas to get you inspired and get everyone involved.

Financing is another option for building your play area, and Playworld has a phasing program as well as leasing options. The leasing program lets you build the playground you want now and pay for it over time. The phasing program lets you build your play area in stages, paying for each stage as you go.

To find out more about how Playworld can help you, contact us to get a quote today!