Kids’ play tunnels and activity tunnels

Our kids’ tunnels spark the imagination of your little ones, and parents have the peace of mind that the tunnel is made in England and is safe for play, both indoors and outdoors.

In this article we are going to talk about the benefits of play tunnels for children’s physical development and the joy it gives parents, watching their imaginations spring into life!

Activity tunnels are a versatile and engaging way for children to play and explore whilst increasing confidence and independence.


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Peace of mind for parents

We created our play tunnels and activity tunnels with both parents and children in mind.

All our kids’ tunnels are independently tested to check that they meet the requirements of the European Child Safety Standard EN71.

They are packed individually into a sealed recyclable perforated polythene bag to make sure they arrive at your home in pristine condition, so your children can start having fun straight away.

Other benefits include:

  • They are lightweight, flexible, and durable
  • The supportive wire coil has protective end caps which are fully encased in a durable and hard wearing cover strip
  • They are made from medium weight PVC material, which is flame retardant, phthalate-free and anti-fungal
  • Weatherproof/waterproof
  • Easy to clean after use
  • Concertina down for ease of storage
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor play
  • Available in a choice of bright colours
  • Play tunnels are 1.5m long x 480mm wide
  • Activity tunnels are 3m long x 560mm wide


“Grace loves her activity tunnel; made from superior quality material, the colour is amazing, and they are a lot more durable and cost effective than the ones from a toy store… highly recommend! One happy customer.” Helen Waller

Buying a UK made tunnel has the benefit that you can be sure that strict quality and safety standards have been met as well as buying from a business that cares deeply about the environment and are sharing the journey to net zero carbon with colleagues, as well as customers and suppliers.

If you would like to know more, you can discover the full details or place an order on our kids’ tunnels website.

Please don’t just take our word for the quality and value for money of our play tunnels, check out the real customer reviews on Trustpilot.


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Play Tunnels help child development

At Naylor Specialist Plastics, we understand the importance of making sure that your children have regular exercise, but that sometimes it may be difficult to come up with ideas or make it an enjoyable experience for them.

However, a play tunnel provides children with endless opportunities to make up games.  Crawling. climbing and exploring can help develop gross motor skills, balance and coordination, while offering many other benefits for their development, such as:

  • Boosting circulation
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Developing lower body strength
  • Improving joint mobility
  • Helping coordination
  • Increasing stamina
  • Sparking imagination
  • Encouraging social interaction with other children and adults
  • Having fun!


“My son LOVES his activity play tunnel – he’s had hours of fun already! It’s thicker than I thought it would be, really well made, a good size, easy to clean and easy to put away.” Jane

If you would like to find out more about how our play tunnels performed when tested by children in front of a panel of experts, they have been independently reviewed on the Good Play Guide.

Before tunnel play

We would recommend that you clear the area where you are going to put the play or activity tunnel of any objects, whether inside or outside.

Children may crawl on hands and knees or roll around in the tunnel, so the area needs to be flat and free of anything your child could bump into or injure themselves on if they crawl over it.

You need enough space for the tunnel to roll without getting in the way. For even more fun and game ideas, why not combine the play tunnel with another toy, such as a ball pit?

Game suggestions

Your little ones will have hours of fun playing in their tunnel.

You can see their imagination come to life as they crawl through, transporting themselves to imaginary places or even new worlds.

Active play encourages social interaction, builds social skills and imaginative play… also encouraging teamwork and cooperation.

If you have a baby who is not yet crawling, here are a few suggestions of games you could play to engage your child in physical activity, improve their coordination, boost their imagination, and have fun together!

Roll the ball

Lean the tunnel against a sofa or low piece of furniture and roll a soft ball down inside it to your toddler sitting at the bottom.

Hide and seek

Collapse the tunnel and place some toys inside, then pull up the tunnel to hide the toys. Drop the tunnel to the floor to reveal the toys once more.

If your child/children are a little older:


Hold a tunnel racing championship for several children, for example at a sleep over or birthday party.

Time how quickly the children crawl through the tunnel. You could use a whistle to start them off, with a tape to break through at the end and of course, a prize for every child!

Obstacle course

You could place rolled-up towel or throws, cushions, and pillows on the floor, then add a couple of play tunnels on top to provide some ‘rough terrain’ for the children to negotiate, helping with their coordination and balance.

Fetch and carry

Place the pieces of a large jigsaw or game at one end of the tunnel, and the board to complete it at the other, so your child has to retrieve the pieces as well as complete the puzzle.

Roll the ball #2

Stand at one end of the play tunnel with your child at the other. Place a ball in the tunnel, then both pick up one end, sliding the ball back and forth and from side to side.

Reading tent

Place some favourite picture books in the tunnel and a torch, so you child can shine the torch on to the pages to make reading time a bit more exciting!


When your children become more confident, you can roll them gently from side to side in the play tunnel.

These are just a few suggestions, once you get started, we are sure you will discover endless possibilities for including an activity tunnel into everyday play and exercise with your children!

As you can see, active play encourages creativity and imagination which are important for a child’s cognitive development.


Naylor Specialist Plastics kids’ play tunnels and activity tunnels are up to four times thicker than other alternative bought from toy stores and provide an ideal activity to help with your children’s development while playing and having lots of fun.

Our full range of play tunnels includes 1.5m long, 3m long, multicolour tunnel and 4 colour play tunnel. We even offer free delivery on all orders!