I want to call this a "roundabout". But, in Britain anyway, a "roundabout" is much larger with bars on it to sit on (as demonstrated by a Google images search for "playground roundabout").

They're a fairly new addition to playgrounds, I think. They certainly didn't exist when I was a kid.

But what are they actually called?

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    That does remind me of a top: "a child's toy that spins on a point when it is turned round very quickly by hand or by a string"
    – Em1
    Aug 3 '12 at 9:11
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    It looks like a variation on a teacup.
    – TecBrat
    Aug 3 '12 at 10:25
  • I hadn't ever seen that in my country. I'm wondering if there is a coaxial rotor under the ground which can move it dinamically.
    – user19148
    Aug 3 '12 at 10:55
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    @Carlo No, it's all manual. (We're in recession over here!)
    – Urbycoz
    Aug 3 '12 at 11:41
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    A Vomit Inducer 3000 maybe?
    – Josh
    Aug 3 '12 at 12:15

Did you get the picture from here?

It's called an "Inclusive Spinning Dish" or a "Dish Roundabout"

  • I just did image searches till I found one. Looks like the same one though.
    – Urbycoz
    Aug 3 '12 at 9:52
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    I can just imagine five-year-olds at recess, "Let's go play on the inclusive spinning dish!" Aug 3 '12 at 12:51
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    @root45 Well, the equipment does include a spinning dish ... I see no problem with calling swings "inclusive damped oscillatory pendulum" Aug 3 '12 at 13:40

I would probably call it a "cup" or "spinning cup", and I most people would understand, if they had seen it.


I can't see any reason to call it anything different from the manufacturers (linked elsewhere here) who describe it as a Spinning Dish. The additional attribute of 'inclusive' seems to be more of an advertising adjective.


It is called a spring rider -- the thing on top, in that it is a dish is almost incidental to the underlying type of ride.

  • Most spring riders don't spin. Aug 3 '12 at 15:26
  • I don't see how that spins -- it seems to bend at all angles. Is there something in this which states that it spins independently of the bendability? on a spring rider, you can effectively spn by bending in a circular motion. Looking at the website, i see that they claim it spins on an axis, but don't claim any central spring so what is the source of the "give" evidenced in the photo.
    – rosends
    Aug 3 '12 at 15:29
  • if it simply spins, then it is a form of a carousel, raised a bit playground-usa.com/SpringRider/big/mpl001b.jpg
    – rosends
    Aug 3 '12 at 15:33
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    If you believe the advertising, it rocks and spins. So it's a spring rider and roundabout. Here's another brand. Aug 3 '12 at 15:59
  • @PeterShor: I thought it was a spring rider as well, but those who have actually let their kids play on the thing insist that it's primarily a spinning apparatus, even if it does rock a little bit. Maybe we need to organize a field trip where we can all convene and discuss. I'd love to spin it around with Barrie England in there! :^)
    – J.R.
    Aug 3 '12 at 21:42

a carousel. As kids we used to call it a puke-o-matic :) but I would be unable to say how widely used that term is.


A dictionary lookup later: It may also be called a roundabout as you yourself suggest.

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    Aren't carousels those large merry-go-rounds with horses to sit on? Aug 3 '12 at 9:23
  • Carousel is a great word, but it has such a variety of meanings. I think you are both right. Aug 3 '12 at 9:29
  • I think, if you said it, people would be likely to misunderstand. I don't see one on here: google.co.uk/…
    – Urbycoz
    Aug 3 '12 at 9:54
  • @Urbycoz Yes, that is what I was referring to ... Aug 3 '12 at 9:58
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    When used for playground equipment, carousel, merry-go-round and roundabout are all synonyms. The OP wants a different word that is more specific to this . Aug 3 '12 at 11:35

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