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Rainbow Play Systems

8732 Glenwood Ave.




(919) 420-0005

Open Play is Mon-Fri from 10 AM - 2 PM

Entry fee is $7/Child

Age-Appropriate Play Equipment

Matching Play Equipment to Your Children’s Ages

A guide for age-appropriate play structures

There is a wide variety of play equipment available, but not all of it is suitable for all ages. Kids may want to do an activity that’s too advanced for them, which can result in a dangerous situation. Whether you’re searching for a playset to buy, or gauging whether to let your kids play in a neighbor’s backyard, keep these simple guidelines in mind.

Toddlers: under 2 years

The littlest tykes are still mastering movement, so the key is to give them space—to roll, crawl, walk, slide, and experiment with their new mobility. They love to grasp onto things and climb, so it’s imperative to watch them around play equipment. A toddler could easily fall twice her height from a typical playset; while she may show interest, it’s best to keep her close to the ground. Provide baby swings, ramps, and simple stairs to encourage movement.

Preschoolers: 2-5 years

In this age range, kids develop new skills and love to explore. They will jump, creep, and slide on anything they can attach themselves to. Approaching kindergarten, most children are exceptionally active as they build balance, flexibility, and strength. The 2- to 5-year-old playset frequently resembles the 5- to 12-year-old version, but steps are smaller, slides are shorter, and the general profile is lower. Engaging ladders and spiral slides provide countless hours of entertainment.

Elementary: 5-12 years

By the time children reach school age, they’re ready for more adventurous equipment. Monkey bars, cable walks, tire swings, and fireman poles develop agility and bodily awareness in a safe, fun way. In addition to swing sets, kids need open spaces to burn off energy, and they thrive on opportunities to play together—pushing each other on swings, racing up and down ladders, and imagining fairytales from a tower. As they become more comfortable in their bodies, elementary school kids are able to master ever more advanced playset equipment.

Grow with me

Many playsets offer options for expansion and addition, so that as your toddler or preschooler grows up, they can continue to amuse themselves with the same play structure. Consider a model that allows you to replace a ladder with a climbing wall, or connect a swing set to one side. You’ll get more than your money’s worth, and your kids will get years of fun. Rainbow Play Systems offers more than 100 models of swing sets and playsets for children of all ages. For help choosing the right option for your family, explore our options or contact us with questions.