7 Elements of Play

  • Different Types of Play on the Playground

    To help you create your perfect playground, we look at different types of play, what we refer to as the 7 Elements of Play.

    Having these different play activities are vital for a child’s
    cognitive, emotional, physical and social development.

    When planning your perfect playground, keep these seven elements in mind: Sensory, Swinging, Climbing, Brachiating, Balancing, Sliding, and Spinning.




  • Sensory element of play

    Sensory Play


    Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Balance. .

    • Stimulate the imagination
    • Encourage social interaction.
    • Aid in memory development.
    • Help calm anxious children
    Sensory Play
  • Swinging element of play

    Swinging Play


    • Swinging impacts the brain's ability tp process sensory information.
    • Kids lean how much effort it takes to increase or decrease speed.
    • Kids learn how their bodies move in space.
    • Kids and adults love to swing!

    Soaring on the Playground. Kids love that sensation of flying on a swing.

    • Develop coordinated movements
    • Strengthen arms, legs, and trunk.
    • Impacts the brain’s ability to process sensory information
    • Learn how their bodies move in space and the effort it takes to increase or decrease speed.

    Swings for the Playground.

    Swinging Play
  • Climbing Element of Play

    Climbing Play


    • Kids gain confidence, self-reliance and a sense of accomplishment.
    • Climbing develops cognitive skills of problem-solving and strategic thinking.
    • Destination park combines adventure & social

    Excitement, Challenge and a Little Risk. Children need play environments that challenge and even pose some degree of risk.

    • Build muscle tone and strength
    • Test their abilities
    • Gain confidence, self-reliance and a sense of accomplishment
    • Develop cognitive skills of problem-solving and strategic thinking

    Climbing activities on the playground.

    Climbing Play
  • Brachiating element of play

    Brachiating Play


    • Left, right, hand-over-hand improves upper muscular strength.
    • Brachiating on rope play climbers promotes body strength.
    • Brachiating develops hand-eye coordination.

    Left, Right, Hand-over-hand. Uses rhythmic body movements.

    • Develop upper muscular strength
    • Improve hand-eye coordination
    • Strengthen core muscles
    • Develop grip strength, flexibility and general coordination
    Brachiating Play
  • Balancing element of play

    Balancing Play


    • Balancing develops muscle strength & endurance
    • Balancing develops cognitive skills.
    • Balancing encourages pretend play.

    Endurance and Core Strength. Balancing pathways add play value to the playground..

    • Better understanding of body awareness and coordination
    • Improve concentration
    • Develop cognitive skills

    Balancing activities on the playground.

    Balancing Play
  • Sliding element of play

    Sliding Play


    Up, Down, Do it Again. .

    • Learn cooperative play.
    • Encourage social interaction.
    • Leg-hip flexibility
    • Develop spatial awareness
    Sliding Play
  • Spinning Element of play

    Spinning Play


    Physics in Action. .

    • Rich, sensory stimulation
    • Help understand speed, force, gravity and movement.
    • Maintain body posture & balance

    Spinners for the playground

    Spinning Play