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Imaginative Play

For over 30 years Creative Play have been designing, manufacturing and installing bespoke playground equipment for many, including educational settings, community groups, holiday parks, and other recreation establishments. 

Over the years we have come across various play needs among children, which we work closely with our experts to understand. From this, we create ideal categories to suit the specific needs of children.

One playground equipment category our experienced designers have been able to understand and manufacture is imaginative play. 

Our equipment is designed to be a door that opens many possibilities for children. We have playground equipment to improve children’s imagination, foster creativity and ingenuity in children, as they develop. 

Our interesting imaginative play equipment will encourage children to participate in pretend play, expressing themselves verbally and or non verbally, in many scenarios that they help create.

Our imaginative play equipment enables children to act out different scenarios, plots and tasks, which in turn helps them to express positive and negative attitudes, or feelings. 

As children experience certain outcomes from various decisions in a safe, controlled environment, they can then discover choices.  

What is in our Imaginative Play section

We have fantastic imaginative play equipment to facilitate endless possibilities of imaginations, similar to life experiences. All of these are important and provide many benefits to children.

Let’s take a look at some of the Imaginative Play equipment we have available; 

Boats & Ships

Boats and ships are considered to be one of the best playground equipment for imaginative play as they can keep children entertained and engaged for hours. 

Unlike the experience offered by books and or television, our boats and ships combine imaginative play with active play, which enhances imagination in children, as they play out a range of imaginary sea adventures. 

It won’t be a surprise to see children acting, interacting, cooperating and competing like adult sailors, even assigning crew roles!

Check out our range of boats and ships with interesting names such as:

  • Commander
  • Pirate Ship Midi
  • First Mate
  • Quartermaster
  • The Captain
  • Viking Ship
  • Rowing boat
  • Shipwreck Cross
  • Shipwreck Stern

Activity Playboards

Providing the right play items help children to participate in very rewarding, acting activities. 

Creative Play has an enormous range of activity playboards that children can use to simulate the extensive type of life scenarios. These play equipment options are designed to enhance your children’s imagination that’ll facilitate learning as they interact together working on various tasks. 

These children will also improve their social skills and have improved cognitive development.

Some of the innovative activity playboards we have include:

  • Art stage
  • Bubble Viewing Boards
  • White Boards
  • Chalk Boards
  • Mood Boards
  • Cuckoo Clock
  • Mazes
  • Cogs
  • Weaving Board
  • Simon Says Wall
  • Shape Wall Panel
  • Weather Station
  • Painting Station
  • Motor Play Panel
  • Shop Front
  • Phonics Play Boards
  • Whizz Wheel
  • Noughts & Crosses

Feel free to ask our specialists which playboards would suit your children, if choosing becomes overwhelming for you.

Playhouses and Den Making

We have a fantastic range of playhouses that are great at encouraging imaginative play in little ones. 

Most come with very interesting features such as engravings of brickwork, viewing windows, flower beds and more, which are included in the Playtec panelling. 

All our playhouses can facilitate acting out different scenarios. 

Our playhouses and den making play materials, will help improve creativity in children and help with their social skills as they interact and play together.

Some appealing Playhouses and Den Making options we have include:

  • Red Cottage
  • Blue House
  • Rustic Cabin
  • Mound Tunnels
  • Dome mound tunnels
  • Timber Playhouse
  • Mini Castle
  • Mini Castle Wall
  • Timber Cabin
  • Den Making Teepee
  • Teepee


Our collection of vehicle play items and toys are fantastic for promoting imaginative play as children entertain themselves. These we combine with playboards to help children play out various transport scenarios.

You can choose from our interesting range of vehicles which include:

  • Land Ranger
  • Tractor
  • Fire Engine
  • Mini Train
  • Toddler Train
  • Playtown Traffic Lights
  • Motor Play Panel

Playtown and Activity Panels

Our range of Playtown and Activity Panels has numerous objects that can greatly facilitate imaginative play amongst children. These are creatively designed to help children play out different scenarios of life.

We have available the following;

  • Fuel Station
  • Garage Playtown
  • Playground Sign Pack
  • Cafe Playtown Panel
  • Bank Playtown Panel
  • Fire Station Playtown
  • Train Station
  • Post Office
  • Police Station Playtown
  • Doctors Playtown

All the above designs and styles can represent the various places children want to act in.

Creative Play would be delighted to know how we can help bring to or improve imaginative play in your educational setting or establishment. We’ll take time to listen to your needs, ideas and budget, to help deliver imaginative play equipment.

Why not view our Shelters, Seating & Stages for more options for your playground.