Children Outdoor Play Maze With Slide
Preschool and school-age children differ dramatically not only in physical size and ability, but also in their cognitive and social skills. Therefore, age-appropriate playground designs should accommodate these differences with regard to the type, scale and the layout of equipment. We divides playground users into two groups:
■ Preschool children, 2- to 5-years-old
■ School-age children, 5- to 12-years-old A third group
Preschoolers These children are new to the playground, and like having a place of their own, sized appropriately. These youngsters have a limited attention span. For this audience, the best playground challenges involve climbing over, under and around things, plus activities that foster fine motor skills.
School-age children Children ages 5 to 12 are learning and building skills rapidly. They are working on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, coordination, strength and balance. Their social skills are becoming more evolved and elaborate games and competitions abound on the playground. At the older end of this age range, there are children who are about to make the transition from elementary school to junior high. These 12-year-olds (or older) can be nearly twice the height of a preschooler and can have more than eight times the grip strength. They are high-spirited, subject to peer pressure and fond of “goofing off” on the playground. These traits can lead to aggression and vandalism on the playground. In addition, older children often forget that preschoolers are smaller and weaker and accidents can result. For this reason, it just makes good sense to have separate areas for preschoolers and older kids. Trying to blend kids of all ages into a single play area for economic reasons is irresponsible and self-defeating, since unnecessary risk is the quickest path to injuries and lawsuits. One way to short circuit an unpleasant outcome is to provide sufficient challenge for older kids, both physical and mental, to keep them engaged in their own space. Web climbers, natural rock-type climbers, fitness equipment and other age appropriate components keep older kids busy and active. They can work on spacial skills, hand-eye coordination, motor planning and use their imaginations to create games
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