The desire to play comes naturally to all children and its value is undeniable. The process of playing increases a child's self esteem, opens the young mind to new possibilities, and develops social, verbal, and problem-solving skills. It is indeed as the old adage says, "Play Is The Child's Work.”
Playground equipment designs have advanced dramatically from the traditional playgrounds of isolated metal pieces of play equipment to today's composite structures of imaginative play activities that are designed to high standards of safety and durability.
Still, it is important to remember that the process and quality of play cannot be purchased. It is provided by the child's imagination and natural desire to play. Therefore, the intention of designing for play is simply to create an environment that will give the signal to children and enrich their work of play.