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Ages 5-12 Years Play Structures (for Elementary Schools)

Children in the 5-12 year age group have the highest amount of development and therefore can use a larger variety of playground equipment. The structures in this category continue to develop strength and coordination. It is important to separate these systems from the other age group systems so children who are too young do not get injured.

In the Ages 5-12 Years Play Structures category, you will find the play systems that are appropriate for this age range. These systems feature arch climbers, chain or cable walks, horizontal ladders, rung ladders, step ladders, overhead rings, ramps, ring treks, slides, spiral slides more than one 360 degrees turn, stairways, track rides, and vertical sliding poles. Activity panels are still featured on these systems.

Since elementary school students can range in age from 5 to 12, choosing equipment for an elementary school playground requires careful consideration. Create an inclusive play environment by choosing a well-planned mix of playground equipment. Elementary playground equipment should be safe and engaging for all students in your community. This involves choosing equipment that balances active play and learning activities. A well-designed elementary school playground provides a welcoming space where students exercise their bodies, have fun, and make new friends.

Children enjoying playing together and alone, so it's important that elementary playground equipment gives them the opportunity to play both independently and in groups. Active play equipment like play structures can be great for mixed groups of all ages, while swings and horizontal bars allow kids to play independently. Students can use this equipment to test their own limits or race other children. Independent play allows children to play at their own pace while receiving the developmental benefits of playtime.

While social and intellectual development are still a part of playtime, outdoor playground equipment for elementary school children should focus on physical development. While younger children often prefer pretend play, children naturally shift their interest to organized games and physical activities during their elementary school years.

Equipment like climbers and slides will help elementary school students develop their motor skills, strength, and coordination as they play. Large play structures are another great opportunity to encourage active group play. Students can incorporate elements of pretend play or simply challenge other kids in navigating physical challenges.

An elementary school playground should also feature an open area. Playing games like red rover and tag foster the development of interpersonal skills while providing cardiovascular benefits. Adding sports equipment like tetherball or funnel balls gives elementary school students the opportunity to play organized games. Organized games and sports activities help children burn calories, learn about teamwork, and learn to strategize. These skills are particularly important for older elementary school students, as children gain increasing interest in sports as they grow older.

All elementary school playground equipment should be safe and durable. The equipment must withstand high levels of foot traffic while minimizing the risk of injury. Metal playground equipment is typically quite durable, while plastic equipment is more attractive and reduces the potential for certain playground injuries. Elementary school playgrounds must also meet CPSC safety guidelines and ADA compliance requirements for safety and accessibility. Elementary playgrounds should have play equipment that is accessible to children of different abilities and do their best to make equipment and surfacing accessible.

Search for age-appropriate elementary school playground equipment in AAA State of Play's online shop. You'll find sports equipment, climbers, play structures, and more. AAA State of Play offers quality commercial play equipment for elementary school playgrounds at affordable prices. When you buy playground equipment from AAA State of Play, you'll receive attentive customer service from start to finish. We can help you with any questions you have about equipment you'd like to purchase, guide you through the ordering process, and help you with equipment installation.

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