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Church Playground Equipment: Good for the Body, Good for the Soul


Churches can play a major role in children’s spiritual life and personal development. Beyond hosting youth ministry events, church playgrounds thrive as venues for various community events that sharpen social etiquette while exercising motor skills through various forms of active play. These playgrounds also serve as valuable community resources, enriching the religious experiences of youth in the congregation and providing a safe, wholesome space for neighborhood children.

Church playgrounds function as safe spaces for parents to allow their kids limited autonomy, and they also offer a focused entertainment site to keep kids occupied during their most troublesome years. They promote children's health and fitness, reinforcing the importance of physical well-being alongside spiritual growth. Through engaging activities on the playground, young members of the congregation learn cooperation, respect, and the principles of treating others with kindness and compassion. And building a church playground for your congregation not only provides enjoyment to children but also helps them develop a more positive attitude about growing up in a faith-driven environment.

If you think that building a church playground is an overwhelming and tiring task, is here to help you out every step of the way — from planning your space to choosing the right play items and installing them — to ensure that your church and your congregation can get the best playground to help foster strong, spiritual youth.

Building a church playground for your congregation offers a lot of benefits. When children are able to enjoy play time, they become more active learners, more cooperative workers, and more engaged participants in their community.

Kids these days spend so much time glued to their seats, surfing the Web or playing online games, that it’s no surprise that this generation is falling behind in most social categories. This sedentary lifestyle limits them from engaging in active play, so it’s up to the adult role models in their lives to encourage a more active, healthier lifestyle. By adding playground equipment, churches can engage the community and create a positive and inclusive space for all community members to come together in fellowship and play.

Active play is how children develop gross motor skills such as crawling, walking, climbing, throwing, jumping, and balancing. Children develop fine motor skills by handling toys and small objects, such as dolls, train sets, or Legos. State-of-the-art playground equipment offers opportunities for children to develop both types of skills in one place.

Church playground equipment is available in many different configurations and styles, including types of equipment like climbers, slides, and swings. This equipment is typically designed to accommodate a broad range of age groups, from preschoolers to school-aged children. Unlike public playgrounds, church playground structures are tailored to fit within the limited space and financial resources available to churches, making separate structures for different age groups a less common option: Often, churches prefer to buy one comprehensive, space-saving play structure rather than separate pieces of equipment. has plenty of great play systems for children of all ages, and we pride ourselves on our affordable prices.

You can also choose to focus on fitness equipment for your church playground, such as vault bars, balance beams, ladders, and boarding nets that can encourage physical fitness. Churches sometimes opt to have a complete fitness course set up to keep kids busy and fit while they have fun passing through all of the course stations. This fitness equipment can help them to have a healthy heart, improve alertness, reduce levels of stress, and control weight. We also offer a variety of customized interactive panels to help younger children develop basic dexterity and advanced sensorimotor skills.


One of the most under-appreciated functions of the playground is teaching children emotional intelligence. The playground is where children learn to win, lose, and play fair. It’s where they learn to fall and get back up. It’s where they learn to share, form teams, and develop common goals. It’s where a child will decide to act as a bully or stand up to undue aggression when they witness it.

Playgrounds are the number one setting where socialization takes place. Play being the prime motivator for children, the internal drive to play comfortably and as much as possible will lead them to adopt the values and culture of the environment they first learn to play in. By providing a churchyard for kids to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, you have the opportunity to instill positive Christian values such as charity, community, empathy, and compassion in those kids as they learn.

Church playgrounds also serve as great forums for Bible study. Church leaders can minister to children with fun and exciting activities. Rather than simply lecturing about the scriptures, let children act out iconic scenes such as the story of David and Goliath, the construction of Solomon’s Temple, the Israelites crossing the desert, and the Stations of the Cross.

Aside from this, children can also be active in using these play areas during vacation Bible school, before and after church events, or while waiting as their parents attend ministry inside the church.

Since churches are public places, your playground should also be accessible to all kids, especially to those with special needs. Complete your church playground by installing play equipment compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) so you’re sure that every child has equal play access.

Only commercial-grade play items should be used while building your play areas. Using residential play equipment for your playground can make you liable in lawsuits for any injury or accident that happens in your play area.

If you’re ready to build your church playground, explore our product lines, request a catalog from us today for a full listing of our commercial playground equipment, or contact us via e-mail, phone, or live chat. We’ll be happy to help you out in building the best church playground for the kids of your congregation that suits your budget and play needs.