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What's That? Playground Vocabulary Quiz

Put your knowledge of common playground terms to the test!
Don't forget to tell your friends how smart you are.
Find more about the author: Kristen Breedlove


  1. 1
    What does ADA stand for?
    A. Americans with Disabilities Act
    B. Act for Disabled Americans
    C. Accessibility for Disabled Americans
    D. Americans Disabled with Accessibility
  2. 2
    A natural playground is made up of natural materials.
    It creates creative landscapes for play out of natural objects.
  3. 3
    What is an example of loose fill surfacing?
    A. Sand
    B. Rubber mulch
    C. Engineered wood mulch
    D. All of the above
  4. 4
    Monkey bars are another name for an overhead ladder.
  5. 5
    What is a protrusion?
    A. A type of playground equipment that spins
    B. A piece of something that sticks out
    C. Another word for a climber
    D. A hole in the ground
  6. 6
    Playgrounds are designed to be for outdoor use only.
  7. 7
    A Certified Playground Safety Inspector is certified
    to determine the safety level of a playground.
  8. 8
    Which of the following is a type of climber?
    A. Rope climber
    B. Panel climber
    C. Net climber
    D. All of the above
  9. 9
    Who sets the safety guidelines
    for playground equipment?
    A. The Consumer Playground Safety Commission
    B. The Caring Playground Safety Commission
    C. The Consumer Product Safety Commission
    D. The Committee Play Safety Commission
  10. 10
    A barrier surrounds an elevated platform to prevent children
    from falling or trying to climb on the outside of the unit.
  11. 11
    What does a border do?
    A. It defines the area of play
    B. It is used to keep safety surfacing in place
    C. Combined with a ramp, a border guides wheelchairs onto the playground
    D. All of the above
  12. 12
    ASTM International provides international standards for playgrounds.
  13. 13
    What does the term “age group” refer to?
    A. Your age group
    B. The age range that equipment is designed for
    C. Any ages that are playing at the time
    D. The age of the kids in school
  14. 14
    What is footing?
    A. How playground equipment is anchored to the ground
    B. How you travel up and down the equipment
    C. The bottom level of equipment
    D. The ends of monkey bars
  15. 15
    An inclusive playground is designed for children of all ages and abilities.
  16. 16
    Preschool age children refers to children
    in the following age range:
    A. 1-4 years
    B. 3-5 years
    C. 2-5 years
    D. 2-4 years
  17. 17
    School age children refers to children
    in the following age range:
    A. 5-12 years
    B. 2-12 years
    C. 7-12 years
    D. 4-12 years
  18. 18
    Toddlers are considered ages 6 months to 23 months.
  19. 19
    A tube slide is a slide that is only partially enclosed.
  20. 20
    Another name for a see-saw is a teeter totter.