You can build a playground

We exist to support anyone, anywhere to build a beautiful space for play using only the
resources in your own community.

What you get when you register



Download over 150 playground designs with full DIY step-by-step instructions

Made from low-cost, recycled & easy to find materials like used car tires, timber, and sand

No specialized skills required

Customizable to your location and materials

Pictorial instructions allow anyone to use the guides, regardless of language

Designs to inspire creative, imaginative, active and social play

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Instructional guides covering every aspect of playground building you need to know:

Learn everything you need to build a playground wherever you are, using local tools, materials and skills

Understand the basics of international safety standards

Plot out your playground site plan with paper, scissors, and glue

Design a play space that is inclusive to children of all abilities

Equip teachers to support play in & out of the classroom

Create a low-cost “playground in a box” from everyday materials like cardboard, sticks and stones

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With just a few clicks, create a personalized webpage for your project

Collect fee free* donations and advertise for volunteers

Update your supporters on your project as you go

Collaborate with others in your region to learn local tips and tricks

*Playground Ideas charges no fees but project donors can add an optional donations to support Playground Ideas.

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3D Designer

In minutes, create a full 3D professional looking playground site plan

Add school buildings, trees and other features to match your space

Add images of your own design sketches and background photos to truly customise your design

Save, print or add your design to your playground project page.

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Ready to get started on your dream playground?

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Got a big project in the works?

The Playground Ideas team can be contracted for custom design and on-site support. If you have a budget over USD $10,000 and are planning to build anywhere from 1-1000 playgrounds, drop us a line.

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Already building playgrounds?

Let’s collaborate! With our Global Play Alliance you can connect with a network of organisations creating play spaces for children.

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