Bridge House Marina approached Creative Play as they had decided to provide a play provision at their caravan park following their recent expansion. Bridge House Marina had already seen a variety of Creative Play’s equipment and particularly liked the look of our rustic Woodlander tower systems, as well as our swing sets.
With a blank grassed area as a starting point, and Bridge House Marina looking for an impressive tower system packed with play features, it was decided to incorporate the highest amount of play value possible.
Together with Bridge House Marina, we decided that our Jigsaw range would be ideal. Being a completely component-based range, we could customise their tower to ensure a high number of exciting play opportunities that children would love would be included. A 3 tower design, with 3 different platform heights, we were able to create a great challenge for children traverse across and conquer.
Alongside this, we included our popular Basket Swing and several pieces of trim trail to provide additional pieces for the children to access and enjoy on site.
One of the best types of installations is working with a completely blank area such as the project at Bridge House Marina Caravan Park. This allowed us to provide a whole new facility to a site as well as completely transform an existing empty space.
With many different products to install, we worked closely with Bridge House Marina to ensure the installation went smoothly and caused as little disruption as possible to the running of their business, and they are more than happy with the final results!
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This academic year has been extremely busy for Creative Play and we wouldn’t want it any other way!!!
We have completed a huge amount of playground development and have narrowed down our Top 5 for 2016/17!!! This was a hard choice as there were so many to choose from and all of our jobs are great but take a look at these great transformations:
Hinderton School is a SEN primary school that specialises in children on the Autistic spectrum and with social communication difficulties. From the get go, it was acknowledged that there was two different areas to be re-developed; KS1 and KS2.
Within the KS1 area we removed the existing Timber Climbing frame and surfacing and replaced them with our Dart Activity Centre and Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing. Along with this we added our vibrant Land Ranger and Perspex Board to encourage role play and imaginative play.
For the KS2 area we created a challenging Trim Trail circuit, along with Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing to ensure the whole play space met all BSEN 1176 and 1177 safety standards and allowed for all-weather use. Trim Trail items such as our Crawling Net and Tyre Crossing were incorporated to ensure balance, co-ordination and climbing skills were targeted while still focusing on more traditional physical play aspects.
Overall the playground development at Hinderton School has been a huge success and the children love their new play areas!
Christ the King Catholic Primary School
Wanting to provide a large number of fun physical play opportunities for its KS2 pupils, Christ the King Catholic Primary School got in contact with Creative Play in regards to transforming two existing empty play areas.
After meeting with Christ the King we agreed that an impressive Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) would be ideal to provide physical play, as well as sports and fitness, opportunities that could be utilised during both play and lesson times. Completed with Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing, court markings and custom engraved goal ends, this new one-stop sports area will become a real asset for the school.
Along with their MUGA, we transformed their adjacent tarmac area with our popular Jungle Climber Midi climbing structure, as well a number of trim trail items and classic hopscotch playground markings, to provide even more outdoor play opportunities for the KS2 pupils to enjoy. Wetpour Safety Surfacing was also included under the equipment operating areas to ensure all BSEN 1176 & BSEN 1177 safety standards were met.
The final development went smoothly and is a real testament to all involved at Creative Play as well as at Christ the King Catholic Primary School.
Our Lady & St Edwards Catholic Primary School
Our Lady and St Edward Catholic Primary School had recently purchased an old children’s centre over the road to the existing school. This premises was acquired to create an EYFS area. Creative Play had previously worked with the school, bringing Our Lady & St Edwards Catholic Primary School to contact us again to help assist with the playground project.
Our Lady and St Edward Catholic Primary School wanted to incorporate a mixture of play equipment ensuring all areas of learning were covered. To do this we created different sections within the outdoor play space. In one section we added one of our new Jigsaw Play Towers as this gave the school the opportunity to add specific components to create the perfect tower system to encourage physical play, helping to develop fundamental development skills. Within a different section of the playground we added our First Mate ship, this was added along with Blue/Black flecked Wetpour safety surfacing to encourage Role Play and social interaction. We also added several Trim Trail products next to the Jigsaw play tower to add additional physical play aspects allowing even more children to play at one time! Picnic Tables were also installed providing a seating area for both adults and children, especially when they will be needing a much deserved break after all the playing!
The children absolutely love the new playground and the teachers have had some great things to say too.
Blenheim Primary School
Blehheim Primary School got in touch with Creative Play in regards to updating their existing KS1 and KS2 outdoor play areas.
For the KS1 area we wanted to create an impressive play structure that could be used by all the children during break times. With a 4-tower design we were able to include lots of exciting play features, such as an arched timber bridge, net climber, climbing wall and 2 slide, to encourage age-appropriate risky play.
We included two structures in the KS2 area to provide a wider variety of play opportunities. Again a bespoke Jigsaw Play Tower was created in collaboration with the school, this time a 1.5m high one-tower design, along with our popular Jungle Climber Midi. Together these two play structures are ideal for providing physical play in the playground.
Grass mats were used in both areas to ensure all BSEN 1176 and 1177 requirements were met as well as to prevent the surrounding grass for being worn away during play.
With two different custom Jigsaw Play Towers to build, as well as a Jungle Climber Midi, it was essential that everyone at Creative Play worked closely together to ensure everything was installed as Blenheim Primary School had envisioned. The school love their new Tower Systems and will continue to for many years to come!
The Castle School
Looking to develop their KS1 playground, The Castle School got in contact with Creative Play in regards to creating a fun sensory-focused area. Catering for children with a variety of complex learning difficulties, it was essential that we worked closely with the school to include a variety of equipment that all ability levels could enjoy.
Wanting to incorporate a variety of water, musical and creative play opportunities into their KS1 area we included popular sensory items such as our Water Wall, Glockenspiel and Chalk Board. We wanted to include a large number of play items to ensure everyone had a play station to enjoy. A number of playhouses, such as our Cambridge Shelter, Den-Making Teepee and Mound Tunnel, were also added to the design to provide more secluded zones in the playground. Along with input from The Castle School we also included a storytelling area, comprising of our Teacher’s Storytelling Chair and six Mushroom Seats; that could also be utilised for both play and lesson times. The whole development was then finished off with Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing to provide a high quality, tactile all-weather play surface.
Due to the more complex needs of the pupils it was paramount that we worked closely with the staff to ensure we caused as little disruption as possible to their school day.
Overall the installation turned out great and The Castle School now has a fantastic outdoor space that can aid its pupils’ development through play.
Congrats if you made our Top 5! We have loved doing every single one of our projects this year though and extremely excited to be cracking on with all of your upcoming summer jobs and all jobs there after!
If you are looking to update your outdoor play space, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us today, we have a team of friendly advisers waiting to hear from you and offer any assistance we can. Don’t forget we offer a free consultation and design service!
Thanks for being great customers! Here’s to 2017 – 2018 !!!
There are many educational benefits to sensory play, but one area that it can help develop greatly is a child’s creativity. Children are constantly learning to create throughout their childhood, something we at Creative Play are passionate about supporting and helping to cultivate. While problem solving and decision making are often seen as the most obvious cognitive skills to be developed and fine-tuned by sensory play, linguistic experts are also quick to sing the praises of a more sensory approach to early years learning.
We have designed many products with this in mind and want to continue the support of development through sensory play.
We have highlighted some of our top products within our sensory range and highlighted their benefits to children within the EYFS sector, take a look….
Messy Play Table
Our Messy Play table is one of our newer products launched as part of our new Toddle Town range. The table is perfect for allowing children discover and explore while undergoing open-ended play. The Messy Play Table features two mounted chalk boards, tow sinks, a utensil rod and a storage shelf. These features will allow children to really get in touch with their imaginative and sensory side to cook up a storm!
The Water Wall EYFS is part of our Early Years specific water play range. The wall encourages children to experiment with the flow and movement of water whilst working with their friends to figure out the best way for the water to flow, improving social and communitive skills. Water Play encourages learning in all development areas so is an all-round product for sensory and creative play!
Sand is an excellent tool for exposing children to a wide range of sensory experiences. Our Timber Sandbox provides an area for children to experiment with the sand and provides endless hours of fun. Whether building a sand castle, letting the sand run through their fingers or using objects to create shapes and boundaries, the possibly are endless. Our Timber Sandbox also comes with a robust sliding lid to keep the sand covered when not in use.
In addition to explore sensory play, let children unleash their creativity with our range of EYFS Play Boards. Again, these are some of our newer products part of the Toddle Town range and have been designed at a low level to allow children to comfortably reach and get creative. Let them draw and scribble, colour and practice their writing skills on our Wipe and Chalk Boards. Or let them weave on our weave board and create a rainbow of beauty, there is so much you can do with our Play Boards! Children can use these individually or with their friends to develop social and communication skills.
These products are just a small snap shot of the sensory products we provide and we will continue to ensure we provide the ultimate play experience for children whilst still keeping in mind the importance of development.
If you are looking to update your outdoor play area and wish to discuss the possible options for your space, please contact us today. We have a team of friendly advisers waiting to hear from you and offer advice and guidance. Don’t forget, we also provide a free consultation and quotation service!
Create unique sounds with the Lead Guitar as each button on the play board presents a different note, perfect for allowing children to explore and create great sounds.
Our outdoor musical instruments are easy to play and allows any child to create their own music – and inspire a love of music from the earliest age up to Key Stage 2. Our specially designed musical instruments deliver quality sounds and are well constructed to provide many years of play.
Master your drum solo with our Drum play panel. With numerous sounds such as a ride cymbal, crash cymbal, hi-hat cymbal, 2 x toms, floor tom, bass drum and snare drum, children can play percussion sounds together in groups or individually.
Combine with our Lead Guitar and Bass Guitar to create the ultimate rock band!
Great for developing problem solving skills and spatial awareness, our Maze provides a great challenge for children.
Navigate the handle from the start position (Sun or the Moon) to the finishing position. Children can work together to solve the puzzle or try and complete it on their own, but watch they don’t get stuck in a dead end!
Our Farm Animals Playboard is great for promoting outdoor learning!
Children will have to press the button to hear the sound of the animal and try to identify which noise is being made, the idea is then for children to spin the vibrant Playtec circles to match the noise to the corresponding animal
A stainless steel touch-sensor activates an “Old MacDonald” tune and various farm animal sounds.
Great for outdoor learning, children will soon be telling the time like a pro with our Cuckoo Clock. With interactive buttons, the panel has several features to help children learn and develop their time-telling skills.
A random ‘o’clock’ times generator will sound a time and children will have to set the hour hand to the time they hear.
There is also a feature for the sound generator to produce random cuckoo sounds and allows children to change the time to correspond with the amount of cuckoo’s heard.