Elementary School Playground Equipment 

Ask most elementary students what their favorite part of the day at school is, and they’ll probably say recess. Something about getting outside for physical activities and play is usually pretty easy for kids to love — and that’s especially true when recess happens on school playground equipment from Grounds For Play.

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What To Look for In an Elementary School Playground

When you’re considering playground equipment for a school, several factors should be considered to ensure the safety, engagement, and development of the students using it.

  • Line of Sight and Safety: Choose playground equipment that doesn’t hinder supervision so that teachers have a clear line of sight across the playground.
  • Age-Appropriateness: Choose playground equipment that offers appropriate physical challenges to your students. Pre-school students, for example, may not benefit from the same equipment as a 5th grader.
  • Inclusivity: Choose equipment that allows children of all ages and abilities to play together.
  • Budget: We know budget is an important factor. Beyond the equipment itself, freight, installation, and surfacing should also be considered.
  • Shade & Seating: We know the teachers will LOVE this one. Ensure there is adequate seating for both students and teachers. What's more, provide both students and teachers with shade to protect them from the sun during recess.

Budgeting Resources for Schools

Not sure where to start when budgeting for your next playground? Look at our Budgeting Guide, which outlines all the budget areas that should be considered when purchasing a new playground.

There are both state and national grants available to fund playground equipment. Download our handy state-by-state grant guide to see what’s available in your area.

We have secured opportunities for government-funded pre-schools or child cares to utilize national purchasing power through reputable purchasing cooperatives. Not only can you bypass the bidding process, but you can also (in most cases) receive discounts on our playground equipment if you purchase through the cooperative.

Take advantage of our seasonal playground sales! We offer popular playgrounds at steep discounts throughout the year.

Planning Tools

Make shopping for your next play environment easier with the use of our planning tools.

Grounds For Play-Design Process

Design Process

Learn about our design process and what steps you’ll take to build your play environment.

Grounds For Play-Maintenance

Maintenance Plan

Download our Maintenance Guidebook to create a maintenance plan for your playground.



Want to see all our playground equipment in one place? Check out our catalog.

Quality Elementary School Playground Equipment That’s Made in the USA

When you’re looking to add a playground to your school, Grounds For Play is the obvious resource to trust. For decades, we’ve been specializing in high quality playground design, the finest materials for construction, and the kind of customer support that ensures you get what you want within budget. We don’t give every school the same design — rather we look at your specific needs and help you determine which kind of structure and which features make the most sense for you. Each of our school playgrounds is created to make outdoor recreation exciting for your students. We even offer custom structures that can be uniquely catered to you. Allowing children to use their physical, cognitive, and social skills is who we are. Making quality products that allow children to play is what we do.

Need help with selecting playground equipment?

Our knowledgeable sales representatives can help you pick playground equipment that is age-appropriate, suitable to the space available, and within budget.