Imaginative Play

Imagination and pretend play is a key part of child development that helps an early years child experience and understand the world around them, so it’s important for children to have access to outdoor imaginative play equipment that they can enjoy on a regular basis.

At Creative Play, we offer a wide range of imaginative playground outdoor equipment that is designed to encourage creativity and imagination in children of all ages.

Our products are made from high quality materials and are built to last, so you can be sure your children will enjoy years of fun activities with our products.

Contact us
Coloured Bar

Our Range


One playground equipment category our experienced designers have been able to understand is imaginative and play equipment, often referred to as pretend play.

Our designers and manufacturers have utilised imaginative play to create a variety of playground equipment, that is not only safe, but also encourages creativity and imagination such as role play, in children of all ages.

Our Playground at Western Road Community Primary School is looking shipshape


Our interesting imaginative play equipment will encourage children to participate in pretend play, express themselves verbally and or non verbally, solve problems and develop their social interaction skills in many scenarios that they help create within an imaginative play session.

Our imaginative equipment enables children to role play scenarios, plots and tasks, which in turn helps them to express and explore their own positive and negative attitudes, or feelings.

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

Play Ship

Imaginative Play Ideas

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


Look no further than our collection of castles if you’re searching for a great way to add something unique to your playground.

Our castles are perfect for role playing games and encourage imaginative play and imagination.

With plenty of climbing, crawling, and sliding, our castles also help to develop gross motor skills.

They’re also a great way for kids to interact with each other and promote social interaction and skills such as sharing, cooperation, and communication.

We offer a variety of choices, so whether you want something classic or innovative, we’ve got you covered.

castles - website


Boats and ships are considered to be one of the best pieces of 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 out a range of imaginary sea adventures.

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



We have a broad collection of activity playboards that kids may use to replicate a wide range of life situations.

Our various imaginative play options are purposefully designed to help develop children’s creativity, which will aid learning by allowing them to collaborate on a variety of activities.

Children who participate in imaginative play activities will improve their social skills, language skills, emotional development and cognitive development.

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

White Board


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

From playing house and making an imaginary meal to setting up a doctors surgery where children are playing doctors and treating a sick patient, children will use their imagination to explore a range of different scenarios and adventures during open ended play.

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

Our playhouses and den making play materials, will help improve creativity in each child, help with their social skills as they interact and play together and hand eye coordination.



Our collection of vehicle play items and toys are fantastic for promoting imaginative play as entertain themselves.

These we combine with playboards to help children play out various transport scenarios such as a drive through a car wash, being a taxi driver picking up fares or going to the shops, which is a fun way to reenact scenarios that they may come across in everyday life in their adult world.

There are many ways that vehicles can help with and we have a wide selection for you to choose from.

Playtown and Activity Panels

Our Playtown and Activity Panels have a wide selection of toys that can help children develop their imagination. These are imaginatively made to assist youngsters in reenacting real life events.

Practical Life Skills

Children will benefit from using their imagination as they play out different roles and scenarios. As they explore their make believe worlds, they will develop practical life skills such as problem solving and cooperation.

It is essential for children to have the opportunity to use their imaginations in order to grow and develop into well rounded individuals. Play provides the perfect environment for this to happen.

As your children play with our imaginative play equipment, they will be developing skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

Land Ranger


  • Imaginative play helps children to develop language skills as they talk about what they are doing and what they are pretending to be.
  • It encourages children to be creative as they come up with new ideas and ways to play.
  • Imaginative play helps children to understand and express their emotions.

  • It promotes social skills as children learn to share, take turns and cooperate with others.
  • Imaginative play develops problem solving skills as children figure out how to overcome obstacles in their pretend world.
  • It helps children to understand the world around them and to develop a greater appreciation for nature and the environment.
  • Imaginative play is great exercise for both the body and the mind!


If you are looking for imaginative play ideas that will promote imaginary play in children that they can incorporate into everyday life, creative has everything you need.

We 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 have a look through our case studies for great examples of how we can help add extra fun, imaginary play, pretend play and small world play to your play space.

Why not view our Shelters, Seating & Stages and sensory play equipment for more options for your playground.

If you can't find what you need why not speak to one of our friendly team members

Call Us

Download Our Latest Brochure Now