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What Are the Names of Playground Equipment?

By Edriaan Koening ; Updated April 18, 2017
A playground structure may combine a few different items.

Different playgrounds may have different equipment combinations, but a few play items are classic; they stand the test of time and have remained popular for decades. These items have been played by generations of children, and at least one or two are always seen in any school or park playground.

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Kids play on a swing attached to a tree.

A swing consists of a seat that is attached by a chain or thick rope to a sturdy, stationary structure such as a metal frame or a tree branch. The seat can be just a strip of material to sit on, a proper chair, or even a tire.


A girl happily slides down a plastic tube slide.

A slide consists of a length of plastic or metal wide enough for a child to pass through without touching the sides, placed at an angle to the ground so that one end is raised higher than the other. A child enters from the raised end, sits, and slides down. A set of stairs is usually provided so the child can climb up to the higher end of the slide. A slide can be straight or curved.

See Saw

Two kids sit on a see saw.

A see saw, also known as a teeter totter, is made up of a long piece or plastic or metal wide enough for a child to sit on but narrow enough to straddle. It is supported by a pole at the middle of the structure. Two children sit at one end each and take turns going up and down.


Kids play on a merry-go-round.

A merry-go-round or a whirl is a round structure that can fit about five children. The merry-go-round spins on its central pivot while the children ride on it.

Spring Rider

A girl sits atop a spring rider dinosaur.

A spring rider comprises a seat on a spring that rocks back and forth when a child sits on it. The seat can be shaped like a colorful animal or vehicle.


A boy begins climbing across monkey bars.

A climber or a monkey bar is a structure that children can climb on, and may come in the form of a ladder or a wall with handles and steps. This structure helps children develop balance, fitness, and strength.

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About the Author

Edriaan Koening began writing professionally in 2005, while studying toward her Bachelor of Arts in media and communications at the University of Melbourne. She has since written for several magazines and websites. Koening also holds a Master of Commerce in funds management and accounting from the University of New South Wales.

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