Beyond fun: Why outdoor play equipment boosts your child’s development

While the squeals of delight coming from the backyard might suggest pure enjoyment, the benefits of outdoor play equipment go far beyond just a good time. Climbing frames, swings, and slides offer a treasure trove of developmental advantages for children.


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Why backyard outdoor play equipment boosts your child’s development

One of the most crucial benefits is the development of gross motor skills. Unlike the controlled movements of indoor play, navigating a climbing frame challenges a child’s entire body. Grasping bars, hoisting themselves up, and balancing on beams strengthen muscles, improve coordination, and build agility. Swings provide a vestibular workout, enhancing spatial awareness and balance. These skills not only translate into physical confidence but also lay the foundation for later learning, like handwriting and participation in sports.

Beyond physical development, outdoor play equipment fosters social and emotional growth. Playgrounds become stages for imaginative play and collaborative games. Taking turns on the slide or navigating a climbing frame together all teach valuable lessons in sharing, communication, and problem-solving. These social interactions also boost self-esteem and confidence as children master new challenges and navigate group dynamics.

Finally, spending time outdoors on play equipment exposes children to the natural world. Fresh air and sunshine not only promote a healthy mood and vitamin D production but also spark curiosity and a sense of wonder (just remember to Slip, Slop, Slap!).

Play equipment provides a platform for developing strong bodies, confident minds, and a connection with the outdoors. So next time you hear the happy shouts from the garden, remember, it’s not just playtime – it’s vital developmental time for our future generation.


Bring the playground into your own backyard! Here are three of our favourite outdoor play equipment sets.


gobaplay Geometric Climbing Dome

Gobaplay Climbing Dome

gobaplay climbing dome

From the makers of the Springfree Trampoline, gobaplay’s Large Geometric Climbing Dome is a modern twist on a classic backyard outdoor play set. At 2.28 m tall and made from sturdy non-slip powder-coated steel with attractive moulded climbing grips, kids will have fun climbing for hours.

This outdoor play equipment includes three sleek anchors for extra stability or areas with high winds. Quality, versatility and great aesthetics – the full package. The Large Geometric Climbing Dome provides a worry-free experience for every adventurer and helps your child develop strong muscles and coordination.  BUY HERE



Funky Monkey Bars

Funky Monkey Bars Swing Set

A three-station swing set from Funky Monkey Bars

Funky Monkey Bars systems are free-standing, safe, and stable for swinging and climbing. There are endless combinations for toddlers, tweens, and teenagers. Choose from a huge range of swings and customise to suit your family. They are made in Australia with Australian galvanised steel and powder-coated for Australian conditions. BUY HERE


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Vuly Quest

Vuly Quest Outdoor Play Equipment with Shade Sail

Vuly Quest outdoor play equipment with shade sail

The Quest outdoor play equipment from Vuly takes your backyard to the next level! It’s not just a monkey bar; it’s a full play centre with countless configurations to keep the whole family playing together. Plus with a heap of accessories, from a toddler swing, a bungee, or a boxing bag, there’s something for everyone. BUY HERE


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After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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