Here 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.