Trienna play package, Pounds 2,250, Timberline. Activity park. Junior everest system, Pounds 149.95, Pounds 174.95, Galt. Little tikes play centre, Mushroom climber, Pounds 4,500, Pounds 264.95, NES Arnold. Padded plank, Pounds 74, Continental Sports Ltd.
Young children need sensory stimulation as well as a chance to learn and develop their gross motor skills. Climbing, clambering, stretching, curling, pulling and balancing can become second nature if the right equipment is provided.
Timberline has concentrated on producing equipment suitable for nursery children. The Trienna combination consists of three towers, two lower platform dens, two sets of five steps, a 3m slide, swing bridge and tunnel bridge. All the items are competitively priced and are good value for money in the large, fixed apparatus range.
Galt has an Activity Park suitable for energetic play which is versatile and also good value. It conforms to all appropriate British Standards, but adult supervision is recommended. On offer currently is a pack of two Activity Parks which can be linked with a slide.
The Junior Everest System is robust and suitable for children from three upwards. It comprises a climbing frame, platform and kitten run. A slide attachment and extension can be purchased.
For those feeling well-off NES Arnold offers Little Tikes Play Centre. This centre can accommodate 25 children despite not needing to be permanently fixed to the ground. It is weather-resistant and meets world-wide safety standards. The Mushroom Climber, also from NES, is an unusual design which allows children to climb, slide and hide all under one roof.
The Continental Sports Company is another source of equipment to be clambered over and balanced on. Its products, which include padded planks and bridging ladders, are also intended to help children to work together, as well as developing spatial awareness.