Playground markings are colourful lines and designs that are installed on playground surfaces – like concrete and tarmac – to assist with lessons, sports, and fun activities. Our playground markings are created using thermoplastic, which is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, so you know you’re getting a high-quality product. We have a range of 18 fantastic colours so you’re sure to find something to match your Rutland school’s colours and design preferences.
Why are playground markings needed for playgrounds?
Promote an active lifestyle
Today’s lifestyles are getting more and more sedentary so it’s important to make sure that children are still getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. In Rutland, 23.7% of Reception children and 27.4% of Year Six children are either overweight or obese, with a further 2.7% of Year Six children in the severely obese category. These figures can be decreased with a healthy, balanced diet and plenty of exercise, which can be enabled with playground markings that feature sports and other physical activities.
Playgrounds are wonderful places and there are so many opportunities to blow off steam, but it’s important to remember that not all activities are complementary. Running races shouldn’t go through those groups playing catch, for example. With playground markings, you can keep those groups separate so that you have less accidents. There are other opportunities with playground markings too, like marking areas that are not for the children or showing where the assembly points are.
Improve mental health
As well as taking care of the children physically, you can use playground markings to take care of them mentally as well. Some of these ways are more obvious, like using the Today I’m Feeling playground marking to give the children the opportunity to open up, and others involve improving their mental health through physical activity. Getting active has a wonderful effect on stress levels, racing thoughts and anxiety so make sure you give children the opportunity to get outside for some activity, even if it’s just moving around the playground using our Mile a Day playground marking.
How to pick your playground markings
Start with a variety
The best way to make sure that your playground is appealing to all its users is by including a variety of different activities, including those that promote learning, physical activity, and fun. There may be some crossover but that’s a good place to start. You may have a large range of ages that use your Rutland playground so make sure you include playground markings that will be appropriate for them at different stages.
Designs for younger children
You can help the children learn to read with our Space phonics that can be used to identify and sound out the different phonics. Use our footprint markings to show children where to go or to challenge them to walk like a dinosaur or a duck. Speaking of which, why not include our Duck, Duck, Goose for a bit of playtime fun?