Accessible Playground Equipment and Play Value
The foundations of play value are rooted in active play and accessible playground equipment. Experts in child development stress that outdoor play is more than just an opportunity for children to let off steam. Elephant®Play is committed to creating active play structures that offer physical challenges, which are integral to child development.. Elephant®Play is also renowned for their accessible playgrounds, especially for kids with physical challenges.
Elephant®Play's active play structures are an irresistible source of fun and stimulation for children. Kids will love climbing and spinning on the top of Rotating Structures, swinging on the Elephant Swings, and jumping on the Boucing Nets. With Elephant®Play's accessible playgrounds, kids can play to their heart’s content, and do so in a secure manner consistent with the standards of playground safety.
Elephant®Play's active play structures stimulate social interaction and teamwork, a crucial part of child development. Learning to play together with other kids helps build important social skills from an early age. This is why all Elephant®Play structures are built full of play value: Rotating Structures encourage children to spin one another around, Elephant®Play Swinging Equipment features multi-user swings, and Bouncing Play structures encourage kids to make new friends. Children can experience the rhythmic physical motion of the swing in a safe, protected environment with other kids. The wide girth of the Elephant Swings accessible playground structures allow plenty of room for children to play together on the swings, thus increasing social interaction and diminishing the need to take turns. The play value of such multi-user play structures is corroborated by major park & recreation directors and childcare managers who have indicated that Elephant®Play swing sets are a big attraction with their children.
With various play structures featuring open designs, kids of all shapes and sizes can now enjoy the play value of Elephant®Play playground equipment. Unlike the cramped design of traditional swing sets, the large size multi-user Swinging Equipment provides plenty of room for larger children, helping build confidence. Similarly, Rotating Structures feature open designs which accommodate different sized children and allow them to climb from either inside or outside the net.
With obesity in American at an all-time high, it is critical for play structures to boost play value by encouraging children to engage in physical activity. Studies have shown that the type of "rebounding" found on Elephant®Play's Bouncing Net and Bouncing Mat play structures can lead to exceptional health benefits. Rebounding on play structures can strenghten growing leg muscles, increase motabolism and lung capacity, and teach healthy exercise habits for life. For more information on healthy play, please visit our play value resources.
Play value should be for everyone, and Elephant®Play recognizes the importance of ADA accessible playground equipment guidelines for children with motion challenges or mobility aids. Thus, its play structures are made to accommodate as many individuals as possible. For example, Elephant Swings offer excellent play opportunities for users with disabilities requiring added physical support. The broad space of the swings ensures that children have plenty of room to move and even gives them the freedom to lie on the swing if needed. The flexibility of the swing caters to children with a wide range of physical abilities. Several of our clients have even received full financial grants for their accessible Elephant®Play playground equipment.
Easy Transfer Platform for Children with Mobility Aids
All Elephant®Play accessible playground equipment structures may function as a transfer platform for children with mobility aids such as walkers or wheelchairs. These transfer platforms are at a maximum of 14’’ from the ground in compliance with the National Network of ADA centers guide ADA Accessibility guidelines section 22.214.171.124.2 for play areas. This transfer platform enables individuals with wheelchairs or other mobility aids to leave their aids at ground-level and enjoy Elephant®Play's accessible playground equipment alongside their peers, no matter their challenges. Read more about accessible playgrounds and play value in our playground equipment resources, or contact Elephant®Play to learn more.
“Rave reviews from our children for both the Double Elephant Swing and the Rotating Net. It got to a point where we needed to set student capacity limits, which ultimately led them to send me a petition for more swing access!"
(Double Elephant Swing & Rotating Net)