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Flexible Features

Flexible Features

Flexible Features

The most successful play features often allow children to play in many different ways to deliver maximum play value. In the photo above, a sandpit is recessed into the floor of a shady pavilion and once the digging is finished, it can be closed over to provide a platform for story time or wheeled play. The recycled ‘plastic wood ‘ used in this project is an ideal choice as it’s low maintenance, doesn’t rot and can be curved and shaped into bespoke designs.

Sometimes simple, low cost solutions can be introduced relatively easily to transform existing areas. In the photo on the right, a plain rendered pond wall has been transformed into a huge chalkboard for children’s artwork.

Changes in relief, adding generic structures such as bridges, humps and bumps can provide excellent imaginative play opportunities. Children utilise such generic features in particularly interesting ways; as a dip in the ground soon becomes shark invested waters, or a bridge is soon the entrance to a secret kingdom!

Flexible Features

‘Both our outdoor space and budget is tight, so I need maximum play value from every play feature. ’ Claire Spinks, Headteacher, Cheshire Primary School.

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