January 08, 2021

GameTime Wins Good Design® Award for Inclusive Playground Equipment

The Chicago Athenaeum presents the Good Design® Awards to raise awareness about contemporary design. The awards also honor products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing.


GameTime’s Sensory Wave Climber® won the Good Design Award in the Children’s Product category. Read on to learn more about this innovative and inclusive playground product. 

The First Inclusive Playground Climber

The Sensory Wave Climber edged out SIXTEEN other finalists in its category. GameTime designed the product in partnership with Charlotte-based design firm BOLTGROUP. Sensory Wave Climber is the industry’s first playground climber of its kind.

Many people think of inclusive play as accessible to people with physical limitations. But 1 in 6 children between the ages of 2 and 8 have social, emotional, and cognitive disabilities.

The Sensory Wave Climber addresses these critical issues. It also provides a fun and stimulating play experience for all children. The combination of physical climbing with rich multi-sensory experiences is a true innovation.

Designed for Exploration

The undulating, sculptural design invites children to explore and interact. The molded-in grips, grooves, and supports are ergonomically-designed. They assist children as they climb up, over, through, and around. The optional interactive sensory modules enable play patterns that go beyond physical play.

Visual, auditory, and tactile elements promote sensory integration and enhance fine motor skills. For users with limited mobility, an adaptive switch can also activate the sensors. Sensory Wave Climber is the first commercial playground equipment with this capability. 

Good Design Meets Great Play

An esteemed jury of design professionals judges the Good Design® Award entries. Judges score products based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative design
  • New technologies
  • Form
  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Concept
  • Function
  • Utility
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sensitivity to the environment

It is vitally important for children to experience rich sensory experiences. Combining physical movement with visual, tactile, and auditory stimulation is essential for children. Sensory Wave Climber provides all these benefits, and it's a lot of fun!

Make Any Playground More Inclusive

If you're considering an inclusive playground, you can add Sensory Wave Climber to GameTime play structures. It's also available as a freestanding play element for an existing playground. Sensory Wave Climber makes it easy to bring inclusive play to your community.

To learn more, contact the GameTime representative in your neighborhood.

GameTime’s Sensory Wave Climber® won the Good Design Award in the...

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