Choosing the Best Outdoor Play Equipment for Summer

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It can be quite a daunting task to choose the best outdoor playground equipment for your needs as the summer months approach and the kids go outside to play, but it doesn’t have to be. The team at Creative Play understands exactly which playground equipment works best in different settings. After a consultation with our team, we’ll assess the size of your current or projected play area, how the equipment is to be used for multiple children in a school, nursery or public park and the design aesthetic of the surroundings, as well as the intention of the equipment in terms of whether it is to be used for free play, organised lessons, or both.

This consultation will allow us to help you find the ideal fit for your playground setting, giving you the opportunity to bring your playground vision to life alongside our qualified experts. All of our outdoor playground equipment is tested rigorously to ensure that it meets all required health and safety standards. To get you started with your planning, here is a short summary of some of our favourite play equipment choices for summer.

Adventure Trails

The beauty of adventure trails is that they offer the chance to be adaptable to your exact setting and play needs. They are fun for all children, no matter the age or level of ability. By installing one of our adventure trails, with spider nets as part of the setup, you can add to the safety and fun of the children in your play area as they enjoy themselves. Adventure trails are also a fantastic way to help children in their development of co-ordination and balance, and provide them with a chance to build confidence along the way.

Sand Play

As a crucial part of the development of young children, we are keen to promote our sand play options as a perfect part of your outdoor playground equipment range. Playing with sand allows kids to have fun and to learn at the same time. They can feel the sand running through their fingers and toes, learning as they play, dig, shape and manipulate the sand. Our sand boxes have been designed and built to be durable, providing nursery age children and kids up to 7 years old with the chance to have fun. When the rain comes, it can be easily covered to stay dry.


Our waterplay features are an integral part of any outdoor play equipment setup, offering a number of benefits for young children. It helps them to develop their motor skills, with an increase in hand eye co-ordination through pouring water, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing, with a range of temperatures and textures to play with. Water provides children with a safe substance with which to explore and to learn how to problem solve in terms of science and mathematics, whilst at the same time developing language with a new range of words to understand.

Climbing Equipment

Kids just love to climb; it’s a staple of the traditional playground for good reason! We can now offer you a wide variety of climbing frames to complement your outdoor playground equipment. Whether you are looking for a pirate-themed or dinosaur-themed climbing frame, activity centres with swing-tyres, ladders and slides, or something more classic and simple, we’ll have just what you are looking for. All our climbing items are designed to be as safe as possible for little ones to be ultra safe whilst having loads of fun.

Sensory Gardens

Good play is about inclusivity for children of all backgrounds and educational needs, with a sensory garden able to offer a fantastic connection with nature and a variety of sensory learning tools for all children. You can create an area where plants are allowed to grow in a way that highlights the five senses and provides an amazing area for young children to develop their knowledge about sight, sound, touch, scent and taste as they interact with nature in a fun way.

We have a range of outdoor play equipment for you to choose from, with some of the best choices in the whole of the UK for you to add to your summer play areas. Whether you are looking for outdoor playground equipment for a school, nursery, park or even your own home, Creative Play have what you’re looking for.

If you would like to find out more information about our range of outdoor play equipment in the UK, or any of our other services, it is easy to get in touch with the friendly team here at Creative Play. You can either call us on 01244 375627 or email [email protected] and you can book a consultation with us to discuss your requirements.