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Thunderhead™ Climber

Model #139911


One of our most popular climbers, the PlayShaper® Thunderhead Climber® is all about cooperative play. It offers transfer-accessible increments, a gradual climb and vertical-center climb to delight kids of all abilities.



  • Accessible by transfer to a 48" deck
  • Can be used as a transition point to meet ADAAG compliance criteria
  • Includes a secret cave and a sitting area for dramatic play
  • Sidewalls with swirling shapes ensure safety

Developmental Benefits

  • Sensory
  • Proprioception, Tactile, Vestibular, Visual
  • Motor Skills
  • Balance, Coordination, Core Body Strength, Flexibility, Lower Body Strength, Motor Planning, Upper Body Strength
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Social/Emotional Skills
  • Cooperation, Imaginative Play, Social Skill Development
  • Learn about Developmental Benefits

Component Details

  • Age Ranges

    • 2 to 5 Years
  • Play Systems

  • Design Standards

  • Dimensions

    • Max Fall Height: 48" (1,22 m)
  • Design/CAD Files

  • All About Color

  • Color is an important decision, and our products are available in many color options. Contact your consultant to find the colors available for this component.

    See Color Inspiration

Playground products shown in video may not be appropriate for every age group. Playsystems shown in video are for demonstration purposes only. Product configurations may vary.

Video features Thunderhead Climber for PlayShaper playgrounds.

[video: scene fades into a close-up of the top of the playground climber. The climber name has been stamped into to plastic reading: Thunderhead Climber.]

[video: Scene switches to a full front view of the Thunderhead Climber designed with playground steps and rolling cloud shapes for a unique climbing experience. Scene switches to a side view of the climber. Scene switches to a close-up of a dog shape with pawprint embossed into the climber. Camera switches to a close-up of a salmon and bear embossed on the bottom of the Thunderhead Climber. The camera zooms in on several animal faces made into the climber such as a deer and tiger. Scene switches to the camera zooming out from a group of children as they race up the stairs of the climber.]

Woman off camera: Go!

[video: the camera fallows behind a young girl as she climbs up the climber’s steps. Scene switches to a close-up of a girl’s shoes as she stands on the Thunderhead Climber.]

Woman off camera: Nikki go get Lizzy.

[video: scene switches to a group of children looking at the animal shapes underneath the arched cave of the climber.]

Girl: Here’s a bear.

[video: scene switches back to a front view of the climber as one girl steps up the stairs and the other climbs up the rolling cloud design.]

Woman off camera: Hey Nikki look there’s stuff up underneath. Do you see the hand prints?

[video: The camera pulls back for a full view of the climber on a small PlayShaper structure as three girls stand at the top of the climber. Scene switches to children as they point up to the animal shapes underneath the climber. Camera switches to a top down view of children as they climb up the rolling cloud shapes of the climber.]

Woman off camera: Good job, keep going.

Woman off camera 2: Come on big boy.

[video:  camera switches a boy as he stands underneath the climber in the shade. He turns and smiles while raising his hands up to the underside of the climber. Scene fades to black.]

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Ages 2 to 5 Years


Let curious young minds go exploring on a safe and durable PlayShaper® playground structure. Scaled to size for preschoolers, these play systems invite youngsters to develop their physical skills while learning the social skills needed for community life.

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