Playground has long been an important part of any school campus. The experts agree on the importance of playground. Albert Einstein said that, “Play is the highest form of research.” The “Novelty-Arousal Theory” indicates that people function better when they experience a change of pace. (Ross, 2012) This means that kids with conditions such as ADHD respond better to classroom learning after a change of pace – such as time on a playground. One study on playgrounds and their impact on the development of children ages 0-5, determined, “Playing promotes brain development and helps lay the neural grid for a successful mind through repetitive play actions that reinforce that grid.” (Duerr, 2014)
The playground…a lot of people have very specific memories of their school years and what it meant to go to the playground for “recess”. For most, it was a short time following lunch, and it was the one chance to blow off steam, run, holler, and just be a kid. Though times have changed, the classic experience of recess hasn’t. Research has shown that, “One of the best predictors of whether kids feel happy in school is whether they feel comfortable and competent during recess.” (Bornstein, 2011)
Schools often have a simple, plain and tired looking asphalt and/or concrete playground area. And they miss out on opportunities to breathe new life into their playground in an effective and affordable manner.
The addition of playground markings can transform a plain and dull asphalt or concrete area into a bright, vibrant, engaging learning space. Unlike paint markings that tend to fade due to wear and tear, thermoplastic playground markings are non-slip; safe, durable and even come in attractive colours.
So, what are the benefits of playground markings?
Resources for Learning
Playground markings can be used to provide fun and engaging learning experiences. Student’s and teachers can enjoy the benefits of playground markings. A beautiful outdoor playground environment is a perfect lesson for learning and will come in handy to
support other learning activities. Teachers are able to introduce children to different learning styles. Maths, English and Geography can be supported in many different ways on the playground. Learning and play cannot be divided one from the other, as, “Any early childhood educator will tell you, play is how children make sense of the world.” (Hammond, 2012).
Stimulating Physical Activity
Playground markings are one of the best ways to encourage an active lunchtime break. Playground markings can motivate young children to engage in physical activities. You can dedicate space to 4 square areas, handball courts, activity track etc. Children of all ages can use these to engage in a meaningful play. Giving children the tools to participate in physical activities is a great way to nurture crucial personal and social skills too. Sport has always been a great way of instilling lessons about teamwork, resilience and communication and playground markings are one of the most effective ways to nurture this away from the timetables sports hall or school gym settings.
Social and personal skills
The modern world of electronics, “social” media, and computer tech has made it challenging for children to develop natural social skills. Children learn how to behave in social situations as they engage in sports among other activities. Using vibrant markings on the playground can help them develop crucial life skills such as imagination, collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, communication and respect. Naturally reclusive students can find it easier to acquire these skills at their own pace. Some playground markings will also improve skills such as hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills and special awareness
Easy to Install and Long lasting
One of the most appealing benefits of playground markings is that you are using plain space of your playground and transforming it into a bright and vibrant space. It is easy to implement playground markings into your existing surface. Thermoplastic playground markings are incredibly quick to install being ready to use the following day. Thermoplastic playground markings are highly durable, standing up to prolonged rainfall and heavy use, so can remain in place for a long time.
Cost Effective Solution
Playground markings are a cost-effective solution to beautify and promote safety in schools. Options such as playground equipment or playground turf are expensive.
The school playground experience is an inevitable part of school life for primary school children. Our experts can help you achieve unique design outcomes that will showcase your school’s values and make students feel welcomed.