Charlisa Mélina February 1, 2021 home playground
You should consider the surfacing material you want to include under your kids playground as well. Rubber mulch is a newly popular material over sand, rocks and wood chips. Children will fall, there is no avoiding it. What you can do is avoid a serious injury by utilizing a beneficial surfacing material. The grass you have in your backyard may seem like a good enough cushion, but erosion over time will wear it away. As always talk to the playground builder and ask for their professional expertise on how to go about building a safe backyard playground.
Wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber are the recommended materials for surfacing. Concrete, asphalt, and blacktop are unsafe. Grass, soil, and packed-earth surfaces might be soft enough to caution a child’s fall, but they do not make good long-term protective surfacing because they get eroded over time.
Noise reduction – This is a great feature, especially when the play area is in a dense residential area. Infants and night shift workers may be trying to sleep during the day. Noisy kids can be heard for quite a distance!
You also need to make sure the surface fill is laid down right. While this differs depending on what type of fill you are using, you can safely assume that any loose surface fill will need to be about a foot deep. And loose means loose-never pack it down when laying it in.
A simple, cheap addition is a basketball hoop-hang it low enough for your kids, and of course, a chunk of pavement is typically an asset for dribbling. Don’t let it hold you back though-as I mentioned before, my brothers and I played by shooting through a bicycle rim nailed to a piece of dirty plywood, and believe it or not, we were dribbling on hard dirt that had been swept clean.
4. Put tables and chairs – Make your kid’s playground a holistic one–meaning to say, it’s not just for play but for learning as well. You can start investing on good books and put them inside the play area. You can also spend a great bonding time with your kid by putting together some puzzle pieces or coloring books with drawings of characters that they like. You can also try getting tables and chairs which complement the whole look of the playground.