Our playground markings are made from pre-formed thermoplastic lines and designs that are used to create letters, numbers, games and drawings for education and entertainment purposes. We use thermoplastic as it is environmentally friendly and non-toxic, plus it’s durable and long-lasting. We have 18 bright colours that you can use to make eye-catching activities for your Nottinghamshire playground.
What makes playground markings so important?
Playgrounds are fantastic for blowing off steam at break time but it’s important to remember that not all activities are compatible – a race through a game of catch won’t end well and nor will skipping during a game of football. Playground markings enable you to designate areas for different activities so that the children won’t all try to be in the same area at once. Another function of playground markings is to designate assembly areas, one-way systems and off-limits areas to improve safety.
Enable an active lifestyle
24.4% of reception children and 37.7% of Year 6 children in Nottinghamshire were found to be overweight, obese or severely obese, according to the 2019/20 National Child Measurement Programme. This means that of the younger group, almost one in four children is at risk of further medical complications in later life, compared to over one in three for the older group. Getting active and eating a healthy, balanced diet will help to reduce these risks, and our games and sports playground markings are great for starting or maintaining an active lifestyle.
Take care of mental health
It is vital that the mental health of children is taken seriously, as 10% of children between 5 and 16 have a ‘clinically diagnosable mental health problem’ and most of them do not get adequate interventions early enough. Looking out for their mental health can be as simple as checking in with their feelings and making sure that they get plenty of breaks to recharge and get active. Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress levels and improve people’s moods so having pre-made activities in your playground will make this a lot easier.
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Always use a variety of playground markings
One of the best ways to ensure that you will have a successful playground is to carefully consider the ages of the playground users. This may mean that you will need to have a range of activities that are appropriate for different year groups. You should also include a range of different types of playground markings so that you have some that are educational, some that are games and some that are aimed at fitness. There will be some crossover but using this principle will help.
Perfect playground markings for younger children
Younger children will have lessons to learn that will be the foundation for many of their lessons in the future. This means that it’s a good idea to work some of those lessons into the playground, like helping them to learn phonics, their numbers and how to tell the time. You should also include some games to encourage thinking such as Noughts and Crosses and ones to get them active like our Dance With Me.
Awesome playground markings for older children
Older children will be learning more about the world around them so give them a World Map with Oceans and see how many places they have been to or where they would like to go. You can also encourage a love of sports with traditional school sports like rounders, Basketball and Football or the more contemporary Capture the Flag.
With so many options for a fantastic playground, don’t hesitate to get started on yours at your school. Browse our products and contact us for more information on how we can provide the best playground markings for your Nottinghamshire location.