Motor: Core Strength, Balance, Coordination, Motor Planning
Cognitive: Problem-Solving, Focus, Attention
Social/Emotional: Parallel, Joint or Cooperative Play, Turn-Taking, Self-Regulation
Communication: Expressive and Receptive Language
This component offers motor planning, balance and vestibular opportunities. Children can take their shoes off and engage in a tactile sensory experience. The logs in the border are all different sizes and heights allowing children to be constantly engaged while walking up and down the logs. Children can jump off the logs, providing proprioceptive input to their muscles and joints. In a child’s imagination, the log border can become a snake, dinosaur or a magical hideaway. Its open-ended suggestive nature lends itself to work with the children’s interests.
Log clusters are a unique feature that can act as a retaining wall, a path border, a gathering space, and a physical challenge all at once. Built from natural hardwood logs, log clusters offer versatile play opportunities that range from balancing and leaping, to gathering as a team, to quiet exploration of the shapes and textures of the logs. For maximum play value, combine your log cluster with a hill and diverse woody shrubs. Choose from some of our sample layouts or make your own combination choices of our four versions to create something unique for your space!
Log borders are a natural way to separate your surfacing while providing balancing opportunities for children. Nature’s Instruments log borders are sold by the linear foot and are available in cedar and hardwood. Barrier-free log borders are also available to allow for accessible entrances between your surfacing.
These logs become balance beams, dinosaurs, airplanes, serpents, locomotives…anything children can imagine. The logs are carefully chosen by species to be both non toxic and resistant to rot. Over time they become opportunities to learn about the cycle of life and their lifespan in the natural playground is the same as a traditional play structure…at 1/100th the cost. This product ships with all ocular impact hazards removed.
Perfect for infant and toddler playgrounds, the Log Tunnel is made from a solid hardwood log and ships at a 30″-36″ diameter at a length of 30″-36″. We offer a public and private installation versions of this component. Larger tunnels are available as a custom item, please contact us for pricing information.
Nature’s Instruments planter boxes keep plants safe from trampling, and allow gardening at a height that is accessible for children of different ages and stages. All edges are rounded to prevent splinters, and there is no exposed hardware.