One of Play Australia's key aims is to promote better design in playgrounds.
Playspaces that are safe and innovative, and encourage developmentally appropriate play experiences for children.
Design at a glance
Planning how we use our spaces effectively and efficiently also adds to the quality of outdoor play. We need to set spaces that provide opportunities for a variety of play and to meet a variety of play styles.
Children need spaces for:
- challenging activities such as balancing, climbing high, tunnelling, jumping, swinging from arms and by legs;
- sensory play opportunities that include sand, mud, water, pebbles, stones, sawdust;
- hiding away, making cubbies and campsites, having picnics;
- meandering up a shady path, stopping off to pick flowers or watch a snail;
- sitting with a friend to talk or play with dinosaurs or butterflies;
- meeting as a group to sing songs, listen to stories or play games;
- imaginative play environments with small dolls, teddies, jungle animals, blocks etc.;
- pretend work such as laying drains, washing clothes or building tunnels as well as real work such as gardening, sweeping and raking; And
- running, ball games, chasing bubbles, pushing and pulling, rolling and spinning and riding wheel toys.