Playground markings are thermoplastic lines or designs that are installed on top of tarmac to provide an area for playing games, practising sports and adding layers to education. The markings are made with bright colours so that they stand out well for the children and to make them more engaging.
Why are playground markings so useful?
They provide safety
Playtime is a great opportunity to let off some steam but it’s important to keep certain activities separate from each other to keep those involved safe. For example, if some of the children are playing ‘I spy’, you won’t want them standing in the middle of where other children are running a race. Having designated areas to run around will keep the children far safer in your Manchester playground.
Encourage an active lifestyle
Just a small amount of exercise a day (or 2.5 – 5 hours a week according to the NHS) can make a big difference to your overall health, so getting children into good habits when they’re young is a great idea. A study sponsored by the University of Manchester found that at ‘age 11, one in four children are obese in Manchester’ so it’s vital that we provide fun opportunities for them to remain active, whether that’s running around at playtime or playing sports during P.E. lessons.
Improve mental health
Fresh air and regular breaks from tasks can make a big difference in mental health, whether that’s near exam time or just learning your first times tables. According to Mind, a mental health charity, physical activity helps to manage stress through the release of cortisol, as well as tire you out to help you sleep better, reduce the risk of depression and release feel-good hormones to improve your mood. Our playground markings have a range of different activity levels so there will be something for everyone. Our Today I’m Feeling playground markings can help children to open up about what they are thinking too.
We would recommend these playground markings
Have a variety of markings
We helped a school in Manchester with playground markings to revitalise their playground and one important factor was completing a fun and educational playground that would still encourage staying active. We achieved this by including a variety of different playground markings to suit the different ages of the children.
If you’d like to give your Manchester playground – and your students – a new lease of life, get in touch with our expert team today and we’ll work with you to find the best solution. In order to understand better how we work, you can check out our case study for St. Peter’s C of E Primary School, to see how we helped them achieve their desired outcome.