Nature-based Playground Equipment


Natural playgrounds built from beautifully hand-crafted

 

Natural materials are perfect for natural environments. KOMPAN's nature-based playground range allows you to create a fun and inclusive play space made entirely from wooden equipment. KOMPAN offers a full range, including CastlesShipsnature-inspired themed playplayhousesobstacle coursescarouselsspringersclimbing structuressand and water playswings, plus so much more!

 

Choosing KOMPAN products means an aesthetically pleasing space whilst retaining the play-value that makes our products so loved around the world. All products are filled with play activities and elements that have been developed, researched, and user-tested for more than 50 years.

 

The Nature Play range features mainly products manufactured from sustainability sourced Robina wood, a highly durable wood that withstands the test of time. Our Robinia comes from plantations operated under responsible and sustainable management. In addition, Pinewood options are available within our Nature Expedition range. 


To learn more about the benefits of natural playgrounds, click here. In addition, if you are looking to create a custom natural playground, the KOMPAN Design Studio can help!


What is nature play?

Nature play is a play-based experience that happens in and with nature. Nature play typically involves playing with natural elements such as plants and trees, water, dirt, sand, and stones. Most often, nature play happens outdoors, where children can feel the breezes, take in the fresh air, observe the changes in weather and seasons, and feel the warmth of the sun on their skin. Nature play excites all of the senses with sights, sounds, textures, scents, tastes, and also with challenges to how the body moves in outdoor spaces. 

 

What is a natural-based playground?

The term 'natural playground' can have a variety of forms. Ideally, a natural playground is a naturalised environment that incorporates nature into a space with opportunities for children to experience different elements of nature and move their bodies in a variety of playful ways. A natural playground is also a place where children play together, with peers and across generations. 

 

Designing the space so that children can take risks, experience thrills, and discover the qualities of natural materials will attract and retain children in the space. In-play design, variety of movement and graduated challenges are the keys to sustaining play. Along with a variety of non-toxic plants, shrubs, trees, and touchable natural materials in the play space, there should be a variety of structures to support movements, such as climbing, swinging, spinning, rocking, swaying, and balancing. These activities should be accessible and usable for persons of all abilities. Transparent structures, such as ropes climbing structures, are a good fit for a natural playground because they allow children to see through the structure from all angles. This broadens their field of vision for the wonders of the natural landscape surrounding them.

 

Why are natural playgrounds so important? 

Nature-Deficit Disorder is a term coined to describe the feeling of being deprived of nature. Unfortunately, it's a deprivation many children and families experience when growing up in an urban environment. 

Natural playgrounds attract children and their families to the outdoors. With careful design, these playgrounds keep them playing for extended periods of high activity, and in turn, support child development. These playgrounds are essential for several reasons:

  • they help children to get acquainted with the local ecosystem
  • they help children to appreciate and care for the natural world
  • they help to reduce stress
  • they help to focus attention
  • they support active body movements in ways that cannot happen indoors

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