Fixtures and Benefits

Possibility Playground was made for everyone. In order to be as inclusive as possible, we built our playground with over thirty specialized pieces of equipment and activities. Thanks to the collaboration with Ozaukee Therapy, we have been able to provide helpful therapeutic suggestions for our playground elements. You can learn how individual elements can assist with the areas of sensory integration, speech & language and motor skills. We have also given ideas and suggestions on how to make play with your child on each of these elements fun and educational.

Hanging Pods

Sponsored by Jim and Karen Vollmar

Sensory Integration
  • Movement input
  • Learning where your body is in space
  • Security with gravity and heights
  • Deep input to hands and feet
  • Awareness of where parts of the body are in relation to other parts
Motor Skills
  • Improved Posture
  • Practice of 2-hand coordination
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Body control and strength
  • Sequencing a motor activity
Child-Adult Interaction
  • As child stands on one pod, gently wiggle the rope
  • Help child step to the ground in between each pod
  • Adult walks across to the next pod and child “chases” adult
  • Help child stand on one foot and after securing hands, wiggle the rope
  • While holding two ropes, step one foot on two different colors
  • Name the colors as you step
  • Count each pod out loud
  • Practice repeating a word on each pod: “step, step, step, or go, go, go.”
Speech and Language
  • Movement stimulates sound production
  • Label numbers and colors as your child steps on the different pods
  • Talk about what they are doing: “It’s wiggly,” or “Hold on tight.”
  • Opportunity to express wants: “Up please, more, all done.”

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Alpine Thunder Slide

Sponsored by Molded Dimensions

Sensory Integration
  • Movement (vestibular) input
  • Learning where your body is in space
  • Security with gravity and heights
  • Deep input to bottom and feet as they crash into the surface
Motor Skills
  • Hand and leg coordination, as your child climbs to the top
  • Body strengthening and balance
  • Using two hands together to seady self/maintain control
  • Coordinating ability to transition from standing to sitting and then
  • sitting to standing
Child-Adult Interaction
  • Slide down with your child!
  • Ask your child to slide down without holding on. Stand with your hands out to the side to show them how to balance
  • Hop, skip, crawl like a bear or bunny-hop back to the stair case
  • Slide next to one another and hold hands or repeat high-fives back and forth as you slide
  • Imitate words as your climb with your child, “up,up,up.”
  • Tell your child a message at the top of the slide and ask them to repeat it at the bottom
Speech and Language
  • Movement stimulates sound production
  • Choose a sound to work on as child slides: “Whee, zoom, yippy”
  • Talk about what they are doing: “It’s wiggly,” or “Hold on tight.”
  • Label attribute words such as: fast, slow, smooth, bumpy
  • Practice taking turns and waiting for another child or parent to take a turn

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Tire Swing

Sponsored by Variety the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin

Sensory Integration
  • Helps work on balance and being comfortable with movement
  • Rotation/spinning activities to help learn about balance
  • Deep input to hands while gripping chains
Motor Skills
  • Helps to coordinate right and left hands together
  • Hand, upper body and trunk strengthening
  • Coordination of legs “pumping” to propel swing
Child-Adult Interaction
  • Spin the swing suddenly and stop it
  • Rock the swing from side to side
  • Help your child lay across the swing and gently wing them in this position
  • Help your child kneel on the swing
  • Have your child grip higher to improve posture
  • Encourage your child to pull harder and harder in order to bump you and tip you over
  • Count out loud with your child as you push them
  • Have your child swing with a friend while you bring up topics for them to talk about, “What is your favorite food, TV show.”
Speech and Language
  • Movement activities stimulates sound production
  • Encourage your child to ask for “more” to be “all done” to “stop” and to “go”
  • Direction following activites can be practiced by stopping the swing and asking the child what they want

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Climbing Net

Sponsored by S&S Sales

Sensory Integration
  • Allows a cihld to work on balancing their body using arms and legs to help
  • Safety Awarness; knowing where body, arms and legs are in space
  • Movement opportunity
  • Offers deep input to hands and feet
Motor Skills
  • Arm and leg coordination skills; working on coordinating opposite limbs
  • Arm and leg strengthening
  • Offers an opportunity for visual motor control; using eyes to locate where hand will grip then correctly reaching to that location
Child-Adult Interaction
  • Move or lightly shake the web from side to side
  • Hold your child at the waist to assist them when climbing or use your hands to guide them when climbing or use your hands to guide their arms and legs.
  • Follow your child up or climb next to them to race
  • Stand at the top and ask your child to listen to the directions you are giving; move right, left, climb slow, or fast
  • Stand on the back side of the net so that your child can see your face.
  • Help imitate words, phrases or sentences
Speech and Language
  • Talk about what your child is doing: “you are holding the ropes, the rope is wiggly.”
  • Talk about what the child is seeing and hearing in the park
  • Model single words for your child to practice with each step up or help them repeat short phases; “go faster,” “climb up, up, up.”

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Therapeutic Swing

Sensory Integration
  • Movement through space
  • Learning how to plan movement of body in and out of seat
  • Coordination of upper and lower body
Motor Skills
  • Improvement of arm and leg strength
  • Practicing coordination between upper and lower extremities
  • Body control and trunk strength
  • Practicing sequencing skills and putting movements together
Child-Adult Interaction
  • Push your child at different speeds to help get the child used to movement through space
  • Give child extra time to learn to climb into and out of swing by themselves
  • Have child take over the movement by pumping more on their own, pushing with their arms. Stand in front of child to model how this looks
  • Encourage child to tell you how to push them: faster, slower, higher
  • Sing songs with your child or help them count the number of swings
  • Stop the swing. Have you child tell you want he/she wants
Speech and Language
  • Movement stimulates sound production
  • Allows opportunity to practice repetitive sounds, and repetition of concepts (back and forth) as this equipment moves in a repetitive motion
  • Allows for opportunity to request wants: “help, push me, slow down, more.”

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Sand Scooper

Sponsored by the Mayers

Sensory Integration
  • Go barefoot
  • Sit your child directly in the sand or place them on hands and knees If your child is very sensitive, sit them outside of the box and bring a small container of sand to them
Motor Skills
  • Walking in the sand helps improve lower body strengths and endurance
  • Practice using two hands together by having child hold a bucket and use a shovel to scoop sand into it with the other hand
  • Practice balance by walking along the seat of the sand box
  • Scooping with the digger allows children to practice visual motor control
  • Offers arm and hand strengthening
Child-Adult Interaction
  • Sit in the sand with your child
  • Take turns scooping into a bucket
  • Help your child scoop a full shovel of sand to offer more weight to it
  • Model scooping and transferring it back and forth between containers
  • Play in the sand with your child, asking for “more” sand in your bucket, ask for “help” to dump out your bucket, then encourage your child to use words to direct you through activities
  • Build a sand tower and model words like “up, up, up.” Knock it down, “boom.”
Speech and Language

  • Allows child to practice talking about directions and concepts: “dig more, lift the scooper up, empty the scooper please.”
  • Talk about the sand: is it wet or dry?
Soft or scratchy?

  • Encourages child to interact with other children by asking them to take turns, to share toys
  • Hide objects in the sand and dig for them. Label what you find

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Number Game

Sensory Integration
  • Hop up and down the ramp
  • Roll down the ramp
  • Bunny hop, using hands and feet to push off the surface
Motor Skills
  • This activity offers strengthening for the trunk and legs
  • Walking up and down with both hands and feet on the surface will improve upper body strength and coordination
  • This activity offers an opportunity to work on balance and motor planning, when specific directions are given; example: jump to the three, step on the two
Child-Adult Interaction
  • Hold your child at the waist and help them hop up and down on one or two feet
  • Roll down the ramp and have your child roll behind you to “chase” you
  • Ask your child to crawl up and down the ramp in different animal positions; bunny hop, crawl slow like a turtle, walk on hands and feet like a bear
  • Ask your child to stand on the triangle-guide them to it if they can not find the target on their own
Speech and Language
  • Allows you child to identify numbers, colors or shapes that they are standing on
  • Give directions incorporating action words, shapes, numbers, colors.
  • Example: “Step over the circle.”
  • Allows child to practice words and concepts such as: red, blue, green, circle, square, triangle

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Elephant Rocker

In Memory of Justine Gendlin

Sensory Integration
  • Offers movement input; rocking front back, side to side and in diagonal patterns
  • Allows child to practice safety awareness and body awareness; knowing where his/her body is in space and within the rocker
  • Grasp on handle bar offers deep input to palms (perceptive input)

Motor Skills
  • Allows opportunity to practice self-initiating front-back rocking motion, encouraging coordination
  • Offers improved strength and endurance for the trunk/body
  • Motor planning can be practiced through climbing in and out of the rocker

Child-Adult Interaction
  • Hold your child at the waist to help them rock the elephant in standing
  • Stand in front of the elephant and encourage child to try to bump you or tip you over
  • Talk about where your child is riding to: make up a story about riding through the jungle. What do you see? What sounds do you hear?

Speech and Language
  • Rocking movement encourages sound production such as “Wee, Ahhh, Yeh!”
  • Allows child to repeat sounds as he/she rocks: “go, go, go” “more, more, more”
  • Allows for discussion about concepts such as “in/out” “up/down” “on/off”

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Surf Board

Sponsored by Faron Julie and Eli Diggs

Sensory Integration
  • Stand on the surf board and try to keep it still
  • Lay on your tummy and hold your arms up in the air
  • While on your tummy, swim your arms forward like the front crawl.
  • Repeat lying on your back
Motor Skills
  • Practice balancing on the surfboard in sitting then kneeling than standing
  • Try to rock the board front to back and side to side
  • Standing still, rock the board one time then stop. Rock it two times then stop
  • Practice climbing on and off the board independently

Child-Adult Interaction

  • Sit behind your child to help them balance
  • Stand in front of your child and hold their hands
  • Help teach your child to climb onto the board rather than lifting them onto it
  • Sing “Row, row, row your boat.”
Speech and Language
  • Sing any kids song to the tune of surf music
  • Pretend the surf board is in the water. Talk about what lives in the water. What would you see at a beach?

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy

Working with Your Child on Improving Balance

Sponsored by James & Ruth Lorge and the Morgans

How to make balancing activites easier for your child:
  • Allow your child to use two hands on the equipment, or allow them to hold both of your hands
  • Have your child kneel rather than stand
  • Help guide your child’s hand or foot by placing your hand over theirs
  • Have your child watch you use the equipment first, then try with your help
How to make balancing activities more challenging for your child:
  • Ask your child to do the activity faster, or with their eyes closed
  • Hold only one hand to assist your child, then give no physical assistance; transition to using words only to help them
  • Have your child stand on one leg, use only one hand to assist, or complete more repetitions

List of benefits provided by Ozaukee Therapy