Outdoor play equipment – When it comes to recreation, preschoolers just want to go out and have a good time. Playgrounds for all children should be site specific for safety. When looking for a new playground, planners and builders should consider the travel patterns of preschoolers to and from the playground. If the travel pattern is obstructed, these risks should be eliminated. Sun exposure, slope and drainage are also site considerations. The sun exposure aspect refers to both the playground equipment and the children who use the equipment.
Outdoor play equipment for children exposed to the sun should be shaded correctly. It is also beneficial to assess whether children are exposed to the sun in the heat of the day and plan accordingly. Slope and drainage considerations determine if loose fill materials are washed out at times of heavy rainfall. A proper drainage will prevent the washes. Other design considerations include playground accessibility, conflicting activities, age separation, age group, lines of sight, signaling or labeling and supervision.
Appropriate outdoor play equipment for preschool age for a playground includes: equipment that climbs less than 32 inches in height, ramps, single-file ladders and slides. Avoid the use of bare metal on platforms, ramps, steps and due to heat exposure hazards, spiral slides less than 360 degrees, spring rockers, stairs and swings with full bucket seats.