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GameTime Wins Good Design® Award for Inclusive Play Product

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The Chicago Athenaeum presents Good Design® Awards to raise awareness about contemporary design and to honor products that lead the way in design and manufacturing.


GameTime’s Sensory Wave Climber® was awarded the Good Design Award in the Children’s Product category. Read on to learn about this exciting and inclusive playground product.

An Inclusive Playground Climber

The Sensory Wave Climber won out over 16 finalists in its category. GameTime designed the product in partnership with Charlotte-based design firm BOLTGROUP. Sensory Wave Climber is the industry’s first inclusive playground climber.

Many people think of inclusive play in terms of accessibility for people with physical limitations. But 1 in 6 children between the ages of 2 and 8 have social, emotional, and cognitive disabilities.

The Sensory Wave Climber addresses the needs of these children and of every child. It also provides a stimulating sensory play experience for all children. The combination of physical climbing with rich multi-sensory experiences is a true innovation.

Designed for Exploration

The undulating design invites children to explore and interact with sensory elements and with one another. The molded-in handgrips, footholds, and supports are ergonomically-designed. They assist children as they climb up, over, through, and around. With the optional interactive sensory modules, children engage in play patterns beyond physical play.

Visual, auditory, and tactile elements promote sensory integration and enhance fine motor skills. For users with limited mobility, adaptive switches can activate the sensors. Sensory Wave Climber is the first commercial playground equipment with this capability.

Good Design Meets Great Play

An esteemed jury of design professionals judges the Good Design® Award entries. Judges score products based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative design
  • New technologies
  • Form
  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Concept
  • Function
  • Utility
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sensitivity to the environment

It is vitally important for children to have rich sensory experiences. Combining physical movement with visual, tactile, and auditory stimulation is crucial for children. Sensory Wave Climber provides all these benefits, and it's a lot of fun!

Make Any Playground More Inclusive

If you're considering an inclusive playground, you can add Sensory Wave Climber to GameTime play structures. It's also available as a freestanding play element for an existing playground. Sensory Wave Climber makes it easy to bring inclusive play to your community.

To learn more, contact the GameTime representative in your neighborhood.