Landscape architects, parks directors, school officials, and community leaders are focused on making play and recreation spaces more inclusive. This usually brings up questions like, “what is inclusive playground equipment?” or “what type of inclusive playground equipment should we buy?”
Here are 10 of our favorite inclusive playground products that make any playground more inclusive.
10. Sensory Wave Spinning Seat
The Sensory Wave Spinning Seat® is a fun and exciting freestanding play activity for all children. The high back molded seat features handles and a front pommel design to help children maintain an upright body position while spinning.
This spinner is an affordable way to add inclusive play.
9. Zero-G Swing Seat
[BEST OVERALL VALUE]
With a Zero-G® Swing Seat on your playground you’ll give children who need extra support the ability to swing alongside their peers. The high back seat with wing support and a molded harness helps the user maintain an upright body position as they swing. They’re available for ages 2 to 5 and ages 5 to 12.
8. Sensory Wave Climber
Sensory Wave Climber® addresses all five developmental domains: physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive, and communication. It features molded-in grips, handholds, and a transfer area that provides additional support for children of all abilities to maneuver through the climber. Add a collection of auditory, visual, and tactile sensors, for a sensory-rich freestanding or play system experience.
7. Expression Swing® Universal
[GREAT FOR INTERGENERATIONAL PLAY]
The Expression Swing Universal is the adaptive version of the world’s favorite playground swing!
It includes the same adult swing seat as the original Expression Swing and adds an adaptive swing seat for children of all abilities (ages 5-12). The patented design positions adult and child face-to-face and eye-to-eye to encourage emotional bonding during play, also known as attunement.
6. Slide Transfer
The Slide Transfer is a GameTime innovation. With the Slide Transfer, people who use a mobility device can transfer from the device and onto the slide. Now, more people than ever before can experience the fun and excitement of sliding.
5. Rockin’ Robin
[GREAT FOR SENSORY RELIEF]
The Rockin' Robin® has soft, curved edges and comfortable seating. It’s great for children or adults - or both! It rocks front-to-back to promote vestibular stimulation. The Rockin' Robin is also ADA compliant for an 18" transfer.
4. Braille and Sign Language Panels
Braille and Sign Language panels encourage inclusive play by giving users a primer for Braille and American Sign Language (ASL). Children who learn about inclusivity from a young age are more likely to carry an inclusive mindset as they grow up.
3. GT Symphony Musical Instruments
GT Symphony® musical instruments are angled at 30º for easy reach and access. They’re tuned to a pentatonic scale so every note and combination of notes sound right every time. We also include an adaptive mallet for people with limited fine motor skills.
2. Rock N Raft
Every child can imagine exploring the open seas with our inclusive Rock N Raft®. Each raft comes with seating for six and room for a person using a mobility device. This inclusive playground equipment glides as passengers shift their weight or push from the outside.
1. GT Wave
The GT Wave® is an innovative, inclusive net climbing structure. It is the industry's first net climber that features GameTime's EveryBody Plays® transfer platform attached to a SureGrip® accessible route leading to a six-foot zip slide. Children of all abilities experience a wide range of play adventures and physical, social-emotional, and cognitive skill development.
Be a Community Champion for Inclusion
As you can see from this list, there are many ways to add inclusive play elements to any playground, including musical instruments, rope climbers, slides, swings, and more.
When designing an inclusive play area, we can help you choose the right products and design the space to benefit the most people to the greatest extent possible. To learn more about budgeting for inclusive playground equipment and plan an inclusive park, contact a GameTime representative today.