How to Make an Indoor Playground

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An indoor playground is a great way to provide active play on days when the weather prevents the kids from playing outside.
The indoor playground does not have to be large, just big enough to provide adequate room for children to engage in physical activity. It is important that the layout allow kids to run, jump, slide and crawl on variety of structures and obstacles.
An indoor playground should also include areas for imaginative play using puppets, paint, sand and water. This type of play is especially important if smaller children will be using the indoor playground, as they may not physically be able to use the larger pieces of equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty space
  • Tape measure
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber floor mats
  • Inflatable bouncy items
  • Modular fabric tubes
  • Snap walls
  • Play panels
  • Puppets
  • Play stage
  • Mini slides & teeter-totters
  • Playhouse
  • Sand & water tables
  • Chairs or benches

Design the Playground

  • Decide whether the playground will be a permanent structure housed in a special space such as the basement, garage or spare building or if the playground will be a smaller removable structure that will be set up each time it is used.

  • With your tape measure, measure the space set aside for the indoor playground. Calculate how large the indoor playground will be.

  • Draw a scale diagram of the playground. The diagram will help you determine the best layout of playground equipment.

  • Choose which play items you think will be most appealing to the kids. Include a good mix of imaginative play and physical play.

  • Map out the playground items on the diagram. The playground items should be located toward the center of the room. Be sure to leave a wide area around the outside of the play equipment to allow children to run from item to item.

Installing Playground

  • Lay down the rubber floor.

  • Refer to your scale drawing to help you determine the location of the play items. Mark the locations of the equipment on the floor with masking tape.

  • Walk around the playground to determine that there will be enough space between each piece of equipment. Adjust accordingly.

  • After the equipment is arranged to your satisfaction, you can begin placing the equipment in its predetermined location.

  • Add a few chairs or benches so the children can rest or their parents can sit and supervise.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to have access to restrooms in your indoor playground. Consider offering water or other beverages at your playground.
  • Be sure to secure all playground equipment per manufacturer's instructions.

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