Ropes trail

Ropes trail proposal

This Ropes trail is designed for Early years play. When not being used the rope can be removed to create an open space with a sculptural and tactile quality. It is made of 4 large Chesnut trunks that stand proud of 2m. Each trunk has log stepping stones to dismount/mount the rope from, or continue along the trail. The play is diverse in the way it offers the child to lead with left or right hand when following the trail. It also enables the child to progress as the longer sections of the trail are more difficult, progressing from the blue line to green and then to the long red line. The hands rope changes level between poles forcing the child to alter balance and weight. This structure is great for developing upper body strength. It is vital that upper body strength is developed from a young age, many common play forms these days (such as cycling, scootering and computer games) do not give the child the opportunity to practice this.

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