2 to 5 years

Consider a playground structure for preschool-aged children that includes the following:

Step Ladders

Look for ladders that are single file with a 50 to 75 degree slope and a tread width of 12” to 21” and vertical rise of less than 9”. This provides more safety in the event of falls, in addition it will encourage children to hold on to a handrail if needed and take turns passing.


Slides help preschool-aged children learn balance and gross motor skills. However straight slides should not exceed 30 degrees.

Spiral slides

Little ones will learn how to traverse a spiral slide generally by 26 months but they should turn 360 degrees or less at a 30 Degree slope or less.

Activity panels

Activity Panels come in a large variety of options. Look for those that promote fine motor skills and dramatic play to add the most play value to your site.


Look for stairs less than a 35 degree slope and a vertical rise of less than 9”. This will encourage children to hold on to a handrail if needed, take turns, and provides more safety in the event of falls.

Horizontal ladders

Perfect for a 4 to 5 year old’s first foray into overhead climbing, horizontal ladders should be less than or equal to 60” high and adjacent rungs of overhead ladders should be greater than 9 inches.

Rung ladders

Perfect for children 4 to 5 years old, rung ladders should have 75-90 degree slope.

Design Your Playground for 2- to 5-Year-Olds With Adventure Playground Systems

Toddlers and preschool-aged children need a designated play area designed especially for their needs. At Adventure Playground Systems, we offer the age-appropriate equipment you need for your facility’s littlest adventurers to enjoy a safe, giggle-filled day of play. Our innovative, commercial-grade early childhood equipment is created by our team of

CPSI-certified Play Experts to ensure that each product will keep children across the country safe and active.

Choose from our array of preschool-aged commercial play equipment, or contact us today at 1.888.935.2112 to learn about our custom playground solutions. Our Adventure Play Experts will work with you to plan, design and install the playground your community’s children have been dreaming of.

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