This Cave is a phenomenal addition to any Natural or other playground.
It’s shallow, so no one can “hide” in it, and it has a slat “roof” so it’s not dark inside, which helps kids feel very safe and willing to be inside it. Two small kids can easily get inside, where they’ll have endless private conversations sharing secret things!
We also made the top curved, so it is not a standing surface, and therefore does not need a fall zone. However, kids are always on top of these, so if you want this for young kids up to 4 or 5, we recommend a fall zone, but just in the front! And because it’s not a standing surface, you don’t need the typical 6’ fall zone, as your kids are nowhere near that tall!
We find that more and more, children are looking for quiet places, places where they can get away from it all, and the cave offers them the perfect opportunity to do this.
Cave comes fully assembled. It is best to install this in the ground, and into a hill if you have one (or can create one). About 15” goes into the ground, which leaves an opening 57” wide at the bottom, and 36” tall above ground. It’s 2’4” deep.
The Cave is treated with kid-friendly wood preservative, but re-application at minimum 1/year, but preferably 2x/year with kid-friendly preservative will keep the wood from drying out.
Simple installation instructions included.
By the way, if you want to get this playground Cave in all its individual pieces so that your students can put it together (a great collaborative, team building exercise in working together, following directions, hand-eye coordination, using simple power tools, etc), we can send them in a smaller package. We still have to assemble it in the shop to make sure it all goes together, and then take it apart, so we can’t reduce the price of the product.
HOWEVER because the overall package will be WAY smaller, the shipping cost will be significantly reduced.
So if you’re on a really tight budget, this might be the way to go.