Our natural play products integrate seamlessly into a natural or naturalistic environment, or can juxtapose and enhance an artificial one, creating a non-prescriptive landscape which children can explore from macro to micro levels.
Creating a Multi-Functional Space
When creating such a space, the starting point should always be which activity types you would like to enable in the space, rather than what type of object you wish to install. This could lead to a wider selection of more multi-purpose objects than would otherwise be the case, increasing the possibilities in the finished space.
Once you have a list of desired activities, it is best to decide which will be most appropriate in each area of the site. Many will overlap several areas, but this way you can avoid conflicts, perhaps between football and storytelling, or bikes and skipping. In this way, each 'space' within the site can have a different character without risk of damage.
Large Spaces, No Places
Unless you need large spaces for specific purposes (football/netball pitches etc.), it is usually best to break them up with intermediate structures such as planters and seating, or more playable objects like poles or tunnels. This actually increases the amount of usable space as it won't all be dominated by one activity, adds visual interest, and ensures there are spaces suitable for children with a variety of characters or in a range of moods. It can usually be done without obstructing everyday or fire access, and can even be used as 'traffic calming' in areas where movement can get too hectic.
Please use the lists below to help choose appropriate products. When locating them, it is important to ensure that they are accessible whenever they might be wanted, e.g. laying some sort of path/stepping stones across grass for wet-weather access.