If you want to provide a place for children to gather at your church, school, or playground, our 4’ Economy Buddy Bench is an ideal (and affordable) solution. Manufactured entirely from recycled materials, our Buddy Bench is an attractive backed bench that’s maintenance free and available in a variety of color combinations. We also offer engraving or plaques to provide an even higher level of personalization.
What’s a Buddy Bench? The concept originated with Christian Bucks, a young student in Pennsylvania, as a way to help his fellow students make friends on the playground. Faced with a potential move to Germany, Christian and his mother noticed a special playground bench at one of the schools. They were told it’s a place for lonely or anxious children to sit if they need someone to reach out.
The move to Germany fell through, but Christian noticed that there were students at his own school who played alone at recess; he approached his teacher and his principal to request that they install a bench on the playground where kids could sit if they were open to making friends.
Once he got the approval, Christian began fundraising for a park bench made by Polly Products and sold through a distributor. After it was placed in his school, the concept went viral! Today, more than 2,000 Buddy Benches sit on playgrounds across the US and in 13 other countries! You can read more about Christian and his journey here.
What can a Buddy Bench do for your organization? Why should you invest in a Buddy Bench? Children are just as likely to experience loneliness or anxiety as adults, especially if they’re new to a school or church. Creating a designated space where kids can seek out friendship is an ideal way to combat the anxiety and isolation that school-aged children face. It brings kids together in a way that doesn’t bring unwanted attention to the child who’s feeling left out.
Polly Products’ Buddy Bench 4′ Economy Bench is an entry-level option made with high quality, sustainable materials. We want to ensure that the bench is affordable so that schools, churches, and playgrounds can offer a Buddy Bench for children without financial hardship. These benches teach kids empathy, instill leadership skills, promote healthier coping mechanisms for social anxiety, and combat bullying.
Each bench will have our standard Buddy Bench engraving in your choice of four fonts. You can choose from an array of colors for the base and the top, and, for additional fees, you may also choose a color resin inlay and additional lines of text on the second and third boards. Additionally, you can opt to add arms to your Buddy Bench as well.
If you prefer to purchase a bench without the Buddy Bench engraving, click this link 4 ft Economizer Bench. You’ll get the same quality bench without the Buddy Bench text.
- Made with 100% Recycled plastic
- Easy to clean and sanitize
- Impervious to moisture, rot, mold, and insects
- Stainless steel fasteners
- 20 year commercial warranty