Playground markings are lines, designs or drawings on outdoor playground floors that are created to facilitate activities, sports, entertainment and learning. Our playground markings for Derby playgrounds are made from pre-formed thermoplastic that is environmentally friendly and non-toxic. They are available in 18 fabulous colours to complement your school or nursery’s design and create eye-catching displays.
What makes playground markings so useful for schools?
Safety is always important and the playground is no exception. We have playground markings that will help the children learn about road safety by being used to simulate road traffic situations. Playground markings can be used to designate areas that have restricted access and important assembly areas during an emergency. For day-to-day safety, you can reduce the number of accidents by designating areas for each type of activity so you don’t have a tangle of skipping ropes and sprinters or footballs in the middle of Duck, Duck, Goose.
Start or continue an active lifestyle
According to the National Child Measurement Programme, 24.1% of children in Reception and 44.3% of children in Year Six in Derby are either overweight, obese or severely obese. While these figures are troubling on their own, it is the potential for future medical complications and the increased risk for certain diseases that is even more worrying. This can be improved through regular exercise and a healthy, balanced diet. Playground markings make it easy to engage in physical activities and show children that exercise can be fun, potentially leading to future hobbies.
Improve mental health
It’s no secret that regular breaks are important for improving productivity, alertness and knowledge retention but there are so many other benefits to getting outside and getting active. Physical activity reduces stress, improves sleep and can help to control racing thoughts. Checking in with children on how they’re feeling and making a safe environment for children to talk is vital, as 10% of children (5-16) have a ‘clinically diagnosable mental problem’.
What playground markings to choose for your playground
Always have a variety
There are many uses for playground markings, including encouraging physical activity through sports, teaching children educational lessons and playing games. To have a well-balanced playground, you should consider a mix of these, as that will enable your playground to be used for both lessons and break times. Take a look at the case study for Firfield Primary School in Derby, who we helped to transform their playground.