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Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk like a Pirate Day

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In light of ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ we thought we would inspire you to encourage children to get involved with a snap shot of our selection of ships!

Role play is hugely important to children during their earlier ages, not only for them to be able to play but to encourage imaginative play and develop real life skills.

We have a great range of Role play products, our most popular being our Ships! Having over 7 ships, we are sure there will be something suitable for you!

We have chosen 5 of our top nautical playground developments to give you an idea of what the product brings to the area and how it completely transforms a play space.


Howard Junior School

News Ships2 | Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day | Creative Play Wanting to encourage imaginative and physical play Howard Junior School chose our Pirate Ship as this was perfect for meeting the requirements they had set out. The Pirate Ship covers a wide variety of play aspects as well as allowing large groups of pupils to play together at one time. The Ship includes a tubular slide, cargo net, ‘walk the plank’ and a net bridge to challenge children whilst they use their imagination to create different pirate scenarios. Bright blue & golden yellow Wetpour safety surfacing was laid under the ship to create the illusion of sea and sand.

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Western Road Community Primary School

News Ships3 | Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day | Creative Play Western Road Community Primary school wanted to completely redevelop their existing outdoor play area to make it look vibrant and add different elements of play including role play, physical play and creative play. Our Viking Ship was installed into the area to not only allow imaginative play but to provide a seating area for the children too! We laid blue Wetpour safety surfacing around the fish with inlaid fish to really spark the children’s imagination and add a touch of fantasy to the area.


Willows Primary School

News Ships6 | Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day | Creative Play Willows Primary School wanted to create a focal piece within their outdoor play space that would meet their budget and provide the children with equipment that would spark their imagination whilst still developing fundamental movement skills. With a huge range of play features including a slide, wobbly bridge, cargo net and more, the Pirate Ship Midi Timber was perfect as the school as wanted to keep a rustic feel to the area. Again, we laid Blue Wetpour safety surfacing under the Ship to create the ultimate play area.


John Ray Infants School

News Ships5 | Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day | Creative Play After suffering a fire, John Ray Infant School needed to rebuild their entire site. Being a new build school, they were looking to create an outdoor space that would bring vibrancy to the EYFS playground and provide physical and imaginative play. Working with the School, together we decided our First Mate Pirate Ship would be perfect as the climbing elements provides the physical side and the ship itself offers an open minded play option for children to sail upon the open seas and with the blue Wetpour safety surfacing laid to create the appearance of the sea, children really get into character. Overall, the First Mate provides many development options for children whilst still having fun!


Duffield Meadows Primary School

News Ships4 | Ahoy Mateys! It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day | Creative Play Alongside an installation of Trim Trail at Duffield Meadows Primary School, they wanted to make sure they added had an element of role play. To do this, we added our Teepees and our Galleon Ship. This eye-catching piece of equipment is designed to encourage imaginative and physical play as children work together to create new and exciting scenarios whilst developing key social communicative and imaginative skills.


If our Ships have given you inspiration and you want to add something different to your outdoor play area, contact us today. We have a team of friendly advisors waiting to hear from you and assist. Don’t forget we offer a free design and consultation service.

 

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Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with Creative Play

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News Roalddahl1 | Celebrate Roald Dahl Day With Creative Play | Creative PlayCelebrating the author’s birthday later this week on the 13th of September, Roald Day Day is the perfect opportunity to nurture children’s imaginations. With many different ways to celebrate, from dressing up as your favourite Roald Dahl character to reading your favourite Roald Dahl book, why not integrate something into your outdoor play space that will allow children to celebrate all year round?

With our extensive catalogue of products, we have something to suit everyone from EYFS all the way up to KS2. See below for our top 4 ways to bring a little Roald Dahl whimsy into your outdoor playground.


Invent magic potions!

George’s Marvellous Medicine:

News Roalddahl2 | Celebrate Roald Dahl Day With Creative Play | Creative PlayChildren will enjoy using their imagination whilst they cook up exciting new magic concoctions with one of our Messy Play Tables or Mud Kitchens. Ideal for sensory play, they provide children with a area in which they can experiment and grow while they solve problems and build on their communication skills through open-ended play.
Click here to view our Messy Play Tables
Click here to view our Mud Kitchens

Traverse tricky obstacles

Fantastic Mr Fox:

News Roalddahl3 | Celebrate Roald Dahl Day With Creative Play | Creative PlayOur trim trail items are great for improving fundamental skills, coordination and agility; ideal for any sneaky fox in-training! Go undetected as you sneak away from Boggis, Bunce and Bean on these tricky play pieces. Why not swing across a balance beam, climb the A-Frame Double Net and traverse the wobbly Jelly Board? With our classic Challenger Trim Trail range being ideal for KS1 and KS2, and with a whopping 40+ items to conquer, we also offer a range of EYFS/ nursery trim trail that still encourages age-appropriate risky play for any fox cubs!

Click here to view our Challenger Trim Trail

Click here to view our nursery Trim Trail


Share your love of books

Matilda:

News Roalddahl5 | Celebrate Roald Dahl Day With Creative Play | Creative PlayShare your favourite stories outside with one of our timber Storytelling Areas. With seating options for both little ones and adults, everyone can get involved! Perfect for building confidence whilst improving their literacy skills, reading out loud is a great way for children to nurture their communication skills.

Explore a magic cave

The BFG:

News Roalddahl4 | Celebrate Roald Dahl Day With Creative Play | Creative PlayCrawl through your own magic cave with one of our many tunnels. Great for developing fundamental movement skills, spatial awareness and confidence, children will love this classic play piece. With a variety of tunnel sizes available, we have options suitable for EYFS all the way up to KS2, so no one will miss out on the fun!

If you’re looking to create a new play area or your looking to revamp an existing area, don’t hesitate to contact us. 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!

Click here to find out how you can take part in Roald Dahl Day

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Why We Love Trim Trails

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News Lovetrim1 | Why We Love Trim Trails | Creative PlayHere at Creative Play, it’s no secret that we love a good trim trail (especially if you are following us on Twitter @CreativePlayUK )! With over 25 years in the play industry, our Challenger Trim Trail is one of our oldest, and most popular, ranges – and it’s still growing strong today! With over 40 different individual pieces as well as numerous ready-built trails in the Creative Play product catalogue, it has never been easier to incorporate your own into your outdoor play space!

A true playground classic, in both education and commercial-based settings, trim trails are great for many reasons, such as packing in play value, promoting physical play and developing gross motor skills, to name a few. But that’s not all! See below for our five reasons ‘Why We Love Trim Trail’.


ONE: Develops fundamental movement skills

Fundamental movement skills are considered to be the building blocks for movement and are therefore essential to any child’s development. Trim trail items such as our Ramp Jump, Climbing Wall and Rope Bridge are ideal for this as they allow children to focus and develop one main type of movement per one piece of trim item, whether that be jumping, climbing or traversing respectively.

TWO: Builds self-esteem and confidence 

Challenging, age-appropriate, play is ideal for building confidence in the playground. Whether that be crossing our wobbly Jelly Board for EYFS, swinging on our Chin-Up Bars for KS1 or swinging across our tricky Overhead Ladder for KS2 pupils, our Challenger Trim Trail range has something that will push children of all ages to move outside their comfort zone and build on their self-esteem as a result.

THREE: Improves spatial awareness and co-ordination

A point we think often gets overlooked, trim trail play equipment is a great way of helping children to improve their spatial awareness and co-ordination. It allows children to become more aware of their own bodies as well as the world around them. Whether it’s crawling through our Mound Tunnel, traversing across our tricky Tyre Crossing or swinging between our Swinging Grips, children will love tackling these tricky play activities solo or with peers.

FOUR: Increase resilience

As the saying goes “If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again”. Increasing a child’s resilience may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of trim trail, but here at Creative Play we believe this is key benefit of incorporating our timber trim trail items into your play area. We always encourage risk-taking and challenging play elements to be incorporated into our playgrounds as we truly believe this is what helps a child to develop, both physically as well as mentally. Why not add difficult pieces, such as our Vertical Twisted Net, Leapfrog Posts or Inclined Log Climber, to really put your children’s skills to the test!

FIVE: Improves strength and fitness levels

It’s no secret that trim trails are a fantastic way to encourage physical play outside! Popular pieces such as our A-Frame Double Net, Sit-ups and Treadmill are great for providing classic play features whilst allowing children to build on their fitness levels and encourage an active lifestyle. By building your own trim trail from our Challenger Trim Trail items, you can custom design your circuit to meet your individual needs, areas size and budget, as well as to suit your fitness goals.


Want to create your own trim trail circuit or find out more? Get in touch today! We’re on-hand to discuss all thing play. Click here to get in touch.

Want to view our entire Challenger Trim Trail? Click here to view our range.

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Autumn 2017 Newsletter

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Autumn is nearing and here at Creative Play we have had a very busy Summer! From installations, attending events, introducing new product ranges and becoming members of the Youth Sports Trust! We have summarised our on goings below to keep you in the loop!


Summer Installations

News Ea1031 | Autumn 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayOur installation teams have been extremely busy this summer and we have completed over 50 installations. From Pirate Ships to Trim Trims and Tower Systems to Sensory Areas, we’ve done it all. Our customers are extremely happy and can’t wait for the children to arrive back to school this week to see their brand new play areas and be let loose! Even our commercial customers cannot wait for their customers to be able to enjoy a great new outdoor play space!


 YST Membership

News Ea1032 | Autumn 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayWe are proud to announce that we are now members of the Youth Sports Trust! The Youth Sports Trust is a national charity passionate about creating a brighter future for all children and young people through the power of sport. Their mission is to demonstrate the power that PE and Sports has to change young people’s lives, helping them to be healthy and happy. We are proud to be supporting this and will continue to work with the Youth Sports Trust to encourage a great cause and help children and young people in their way to health and happiness.


Our Playboard Range has Expanded!

News Ea1033 | Autumn 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayWe already have a great range of over 40 play boards but due to their popularity, we have expanded the range! With an additional 12 play boards for you to choose from, we guaranteed they will encourage outdoor learning and boosting children’s creativity within the outdoor play area. From musical panels to creative panels we are confident we will have something that suits you!

Click here to view our Playboard range


Making Headlines: Firbank Primary School

News Ea1034 | Autumn 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayThe playground development at Fir Bank Primary School has gone down a treat and we have even been making the headlines with it! With an impressive 4 Tower Jigsaw chosen by the children themselves, the school now have a great play area they can enjoy for many years to come. Packed full of play features across multiple levels, children can traverse from one end to the other overcoming the fun challenges and whilst more importantly developing fundamental movement skills.

Click here to find out what the staff had to say in our video showcase


Introducing Garden Play!

News Ea1035 | Autumn 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayNot only do we provide a huge range of play and sports products to our commercial and educational customers we also now have a residential range available! Our exclusive range includes rustic timber climbing frames and swings sets perfect for home gardens! Click here to check out our full range.


The 4th Scottish NMT Nursery Awards -2017

We have been attending numerous NMT events throughout the year and we were delighted to be invited to the Scottish NMT Nursery Awards 2017 in Glasgow. This is a great event that recognises and rewards the very best people and products within the Sottish Nursery Sector. Well done to the winners and a pleasure to have met everyone there!!


Look out for our next Newsletter, set to be released in Winter, to keep up to date with all of our latest news….

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Goodbye 2016/2017 – Hello 2017/2018 – It’s Back to School Week!

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The new School year has started! New pupils starting, old pupils moving on and existing pupils going up in years, it’s a change for everyone and one to get excited about!!

So let’s say goodbye to 2016/2017 and hello to 2017/2018!


News Backtoschool1 | Goodbye 2016/2017 - Hello 2017/2018 - It'S Back To School Week! | Creative PlayNew Year, New Playground

After a fantastic summer holiday you may have realised that your outdoor playground isn’t looking as refreshed as it was! Don’t fear – we’re on-hand ready to discuss all things play. Get in touch today and book your free, no obligation playground consultation and design. Click here to get in touch.


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Primary PE & Sports Premium Doubled

It has been confirmed that the Department of Education is going to be doubling with Primary PE & Sports Premium from September 2017. Now is the perfect time to utilise your funds and provide more PE and Sports opportunities within your outdoor area.


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We made the Headlines!

Our recent development at Fir Bank Primary School has been making headlines! Pupils at the school designed their own custom piece of playground equipment with our modular Jigsaw Play Tower range. With many play features and allowance for many children to enjoy at one time, no wonder the staff and children love it!


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Busy Busy Summer…

We’ve been working hard this summer holiday installing lots of exciting outdoor playgrounds before schools re-open for the new academic year. Completing over 50 installations in the past 6 weeks we can’t wait for the pupils to arrive back and see their new play areas!!


If you’re looking to create a new play area or your looking to revamp an existing area, don’t hesitate to contact us. 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!