Even to those children who don’t particularly like playing any form of sport, playgrounds are still fun in a variety of ways. Not to mention the fact that in the digital and smartphone world of today, one can almost argue that playgrounds are more important than ever before. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that less and less children are going to playgrounds resulting in a slew of obese-related maladies due to a lack of any kind of exercise right from childhood itself. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, this was most certainly not the case with children at all. After all, the fact that obesity gets worse when the person is fat from childhood itself is hard to argue.
In this regard, modern playgrounds are really the ultimate multi-taskers in every way possible. Not only do they promote health as well as childhood development and a sense of community, but there is also the fact that there are newer trends that many experts suggest may even to a complete overhaul and revolution in the way kids play outdoors in the 21st Century. Even though that may sound like a bold statement for a lot of people out there, the evidence does suggest that a major change is indeed underway, be it concerning the most top-notch school playground equipment out there or anything else. On that very note, let us take a good look at the top five modern trends for playgrounds:-
- High energy and high tech outdoor play: Even for all the screen-obsessed kids out there, this is a great option as it manages to integrate physical activity as well as technology to create an exhilarating and tremendous playground experience. With the best multi-sensory equipment that test reflexes, speed and coordination, social interaction will be guaranteed as well as the development of motor skills. You will no longer have to worry about kids being glued to a screen all day long with no physical activity.
- The aspect of a “destination playground”: With a funky out-of-the-box design as well as a unique combination of adventure and variety, you can have the destination playground that you have always dreamt about. With no restrictions on age of any sorts, you can be sure that you will attract both the local crowd and tourists alike. Not to mention the fact that this will be a sure shot way of standing out from your peers.
- Kicking up the creativity aspect by a couple of notches: Enough research is there to show that risk and challenges are important for kids everywhere as that helps them face hardships better in the later part of their life. It could be anything from giant slides to even different types of bridges as well.
Finally, it is worthwhile noting that while you need to keep the main trends in mind, following up on them is not essential in every sense of the word. After all, playgrounds are not made identical and what is necessary for one playground need not necessarily be the same for another.
Being mindful of all the important trends is one thing, but simply jumping on the trends bandwagon for the sake of it is another. And the latter is not recommended since it is more than likely to lead to you getting a trend that is not suited for your playground in any way. The future is indeed bright and promising, but it will certainly not be the case if, in your haste, you end up latching on to a wrong trend.