Imagine you are walking through a forest and happen upon a pile of logs jumbled together. How did they end up there? Was it loggers? A storm? Sasquatch? Whatever the answer is, you do know that you have a strong desire to climb and explore! This Log Pile configuration includes four large-diameter logs to form a low-to medium-challenge, natural climbing feature. They are a perfect addition to a natural playground or adventure playground for young children.
Log Piles give children open ended play opportunities. Some children may begin by climbing on the logs and laying on their back or front - finding a sense of balance while stretched along the logs. Others may feel more comfortable crawling, sitting or climbing over the logs, moving toward the ultimate challenge of walking along the tops and stepping from trunk to trunk.
Children can play alone or with others, the large logs have ample space for many children to play at once. They are low to the ground and therefore lower risk, but their angles and surface give children the ability to develop depth perception and body awareness.
Log Piles offer an organic climbing experience that mimics climbing fallen trees found on a forest floor. They can be used in combination with other pieces - like rope challenge elements, log jams, and post and rope - to create natural play circuits. These are great environments to introduce higher challenge play opportunities to younger children.
Log piles are made with White Oak. They are processed and sanded by hand. Logs range from approximately 6 to 10 feet (2 to 3m) in length. The natural wood texture is a pleasant sensory experience. As a poor conductor of heat, the wood never feels too hot or too cold to bare skin.
When located on an accessible route, log piles are accessible for all ages and abilities. They are entirely non-prescriptive so children will find their own ways to interact with the logs. Children with different abilities may work to gain balance and motor skills moving around the logs and over them.