Soft play is a fairly broad term describing developmental, furniture and toys;
this includes pliable activity blocks / modules, cushions, floor activity mats
and soft blocks. Soft play is an important tool for all children, as, unlike
solid furniture, soft play pieces react to them; this response is a basic
physical learning for children. Soft play furniture is also very safe for
children to use, as they learn and explore by playing, feeling and holding
Soft play is beneficial to different age groups due to its literal flexibility.
Infants can crawl around on mats and grasp soft animals and blocks. Toddlers can
sit comfortably on cushions, build with blocks and climb over the activity
blocks (or "modules.") Older children will also enjoy playing on the activity
modules, rearranging them to create different obstacles.
Ball pools present a fluid material in which children can play and learn the
effects of their actions based on the way their surroundings move; in these,
younger toddlers have constant support around them, giving them the confidence
As with any interactive play, social skills are developed through contact with
other children. As children climb over and through activity modules, they
advance their gross motor skills. Soft play also eliminates any hard surfaces
and sharp edges that may contribute to injury, making for a safer play area.