If there’s one thing that kids excel at, it’s enjoying play areas. And often getting a few bumps and bruises on the way. Children love to explore and experience the wonders that this world has to offer. They are able to imagine various games that keep them entertained for hours. Where we may see an outdoor climbing frame with a wheel, kids may see a pirate ship. Where we see a cardboard box that still needs to be put out for recycling, they may see a castle.
With technology such a large part of childhood these days, it may be difficult to get them to part with their iPad or games to experience the outdoors. So you may consider making your garden their fantasy world to get their imagination going.
Christmas is just around the corner and shopping centres are getting busier by the day. So now might be the right time to consider installing a themed play area in your mall. Be the ultimate saviour for parents who need a rest between toy stores.
What to Avoid When Creating A Play Area
Whether indoors or outdoors, it’s important to minimise the chances of a child getting hurt. This is often an issue with firm, rubber surfaces that can give nasty burns when falling over. They can also fail to protect someone who has a small trip or fall.
Artificial grass is a soft, aesthetically-pleasing, and easy-to-clean alternative to rubber that isn’t coarse or harsh on little hands and legs
. Our Buzz Luxe is often used for playground installations due to the authentic duo tone and soft, natural feel
. Another area where playground installations tend to fall down is when artificial grass hasn’t been installed properly or has been installed without shock pads
Padding for underneath artificial grass keeps it light, springy, and adds a little bounce to your step. By neglecting this key element in the installation process, you may find kids having a harder bump or fall, and potentially coming away with an injury.
What to Put in Your Play Area
The key to having a successful play area is creating one that is bespoke, accessible for all, and allows children of different ages to play together. This helps their own development, as well as better their experience of the place that you have created.
There are a few staple items that always seem to be a winner with children. Incorporating one or more of these into your playground will enable them to enjoy the space all the more. Some of these big-statement items could be:
- Climbing frames and nets
- Large-scale puzzle boards
- A tree house
To make your space more bespoke, and ensure that the décor of a play area is treated as being equally as important, you may find that adding a few details and separating the space into different sections will enable children to be even more imaginative and creative. Some items to consider purchasing would be:
- Themed seating, such as toadstools or planes.
- A break up of areas into the physical activities and play areas for toys.
- At Christmas, include ornaments such as gnomes or elves if you really want your area to go down a treat. Turning your climbing frame into a sleigh will make the magic all-the-more real
- Use high-quality artificial grass for playgrounds to ensure that it stays looking great for many years
If you’re going to be creating a play area, whether it be for outdoor or indoor play, make sure you give a member of the BuzzGrass team a call on 01900 811 970 to buy your artificial grass and shock pads today