snug: a large scale, flexible, loose parts play system.

Snug provides endless play possibilities and can adapt to the needs of your playground. Snug engages children's imaginations and gives them the satisfaction of being able to change their own surroundings. It is soft and tactile yet robust enough to withstand the rigours of the playground. No installation or safety surfacing required.

Snug is designed to transform a bleak playground into dynamic and creative playscapes for children to explore, create, discover and learn. The kit, comprising of large scale, inter-related, colourful, flexible shapes can be reconfigured by children to vary their surroundings.

It is a radical approach to play equipment which can change the psychology of the playground.

Design Concept

The motivation for Snug & Outdoor, the designers behind Snug, came from observing how bleak and barren environments can create aggressive and stressed children.

This Snug concept is the result of a fifteen year process of research and evaluation into the way that children behave, react and play in specific environments. The inclusion of the kit into schools allows children to develop new ways of playing and encourages creativity, social interaction and cooperation.

Generous funding and support from NESTA, Arts Council, Esmee Fairburn, the Design Laboratory and the Institute of Education enabled Snug & Outdoor to thoroughly research, prototype and test Snug in nursery, primary and special needs schools.

Features & Benefits

Snug changes the established patterns of behaviour in the school playground by engaging children’s imaginations and giving them the satisfaction of being able to change their own surroundings, it is soft and tactile yet robust enough to withstand the rigours of the playground.

Snug shapes are easy to fit together and can be moved, locked or taken apart by children, used individually or together as part of a landscape. In addition to the fun element, Snug has a dramatic impact on how a traditional school playground looks and feels.

Snug provides a creative resource that supports physical literacy, learning and government initiatives, including Every Child Matters and Learning outside the Classroom.

As the obesity war rages on and new solutions are sought to encourage children to be more active, Snug also provides an excellent way for children to expend energy. As pupils engage with Snug and become involved in creating their own surroundings they are constantly moving the pieces around, creating a focus for physical activity, far more than with conventional play spaces.

An in depth independent evaluation carried out by Fiona Godfrey concluded “At all key stages Snug was seen to have a particular contribution to make to the social and emotional aspects of children’s development and learning, Snug was observed to facilitate children’s own creativity; with children seen exercising their curiosity, exploring possibilities, making connections between different objects and between objects and ideas, experimenting, trying things out, taking risks, testing and reviewing, using and showing their creations and being motivated to solve problems.”

Helen Gresty, Executive Director of Innovation Programmes at NESTA said; “We’ve learnt that creativity and a healthy attitude to play are going to be some of the most vital skills for young people in the future. Snug’s innovative design challenges young minds at the earliest stage and encourages creative thinking. We look forward to following the success of Snug.”

Snug Playground Equipment

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Loop: Made up of modular elements, the Loop can be used to construct curved play structures to encourage balancing games and create areas for socialising.

Cone: The Cone provides a meeting point and introduces a vertical structure to the playground. It can be jumped onto and hidden behind, it is perfect for hugging and bouncing off.

Bump: Perfect for jumping off, bouncing on or rocking and spinning on, the Bump can be used to create pathways or linked to other elements using Noodles.

Cog: The Cog can be used to create pathways or can be linked to other elements using noodles. It can also be used as a building block as it fits over both the Bump and the Cone quite easily.

Wave: This versatile building unit has two distinct sides – a softer waved surface and a hard, flat side. Together they can be used to create platforms for performing and dancing, lounging areas, raised walkways, barriers and walls.

Wall: Versatile and flexible, the Wall can be used horizontally and vertically. Children can stand it on its side to create a curved wall or a den, turn it on its back to become a rocking cradle, or place it on its feet to become a tunnel or raised walkway.

Noodle: Offering unlimited possibilities, the Noodle can be used for connecting and building.

Mound: The Mound helps children experience different levels, slopes and terrains. It dramatically transforms a playground landscape, creating small humps, large hills, extended ridges and valleys.

Pad: Perfect for teaming with other elements, the Pad provides a robust but soft base for the spider as well as the roof for the Loop circle or walls.