By Lauren


Modern day rope and net climbers are on the rise in popularity when it comes to designing playgrounds in schools and communities. These unique and versatile pieces promote the development and advancement of motor skills, imaginative play, inclusive play, and critical thinking skills. Rope and net climbers are the perfect pieces to include if you’re looking for equipment geared towards all ages, physical, and mental capabilities.

Rope and net climbers have always been a playground favorite. As technology and safety standards in the design and construction of these structures have advanced, the desire to include them in play areas has skyrocketed. One of the many benefits of rope and net climbers is their versatile nature. All ages from tots to adults can play on the structures regardless of their limited to full functioning physical ability. The reason for this is the challenge level is determined by the user. With the structures you have the ability to decide how high you want to climb, how you want to get there, and what achievements you want to push yourself to achieve. The climbers naturally push you to achieve your personal best and then continue to aim higher.

Climbers are not only physical-enhancing structures, but they promote critical thinking skills, risk assessment skills, and problem solving skills. With each move you make on the climber you must asses where you are, where you have been, and where you want to go. As children climb up they may not realize it, but their brains are constantly working to asses the safety of the situation and how to get to their next destination. Mix this with the element of imaginative play and the potential for physical and mental growth is endless!

When evaluating the importance of imaginative play in your playground plans, it is good to keep in mind that ropes and net climbers provide the perfect environment to promote kids’ imaginations. The games are as endless as the mind will allow - climbing mountains, escaping dragons, flying to the moon, zip lining through the jungle, and so much more. A great way to promote imaginative play is to theme your climber equipment to match the theme of your playground. The integrity of the pieces are only enhanced when you choose a theme to be incorporated into the equipment. Today we have the ability to create endless amounts of shapes and sizes of climbers including airplanes, boats, trees, spider webs, obstacle course, and so much more.

At Kraftsman Commercial Playgrounds and Water Parks we work with the top manufacturers to bring your rope and net climber dreams to life. If you’re interested in including one of these structures in your playground but are unsure of where to start, give us a call at 800-451-4869 and one of our expert Krew members will be more than happy to show you exactly how we can take your playground to the next level using rope and net climber equipment.

Kris Soderberg

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