Primary School is one of the most important steps for children in terms of their development. The school playground is among the places where kids have a chance to socialise, have fun and be active, but also to learn.
This is why it is important for every school to provide an inviting environment, where children can grow, make friends, and always want to come back to whether it’s during lessons, breaks, or even after school.
Playground markings are colourful, fun, and a great way to engage children, making them the perfect fit. They can turn any playground into a magnet for pupils and in this article, we will take a look at some of the most popular playground markings for primary schools.
Educational playground markings
Primary school is an opportunity for children to make friends for life, and one of the first times following nursery and infant school where they will spend time away from home. This is why it’s a good idea for schools to use creative ways to make learning fun and to help students enjoy their studies.
One way to let pupils have fun and learn at the same time is by installing colourful, educational playground markings on the school playground. These can be used as an interactive way to learn different skills. Children can learn how to tell time with our bright 24 hour clock, learn directions with our eye-catching 8-point compass, discover the planets with our solar system, practise their literacy and numeracy with our friendly number and letter characters, or even learn new languages.
Educational playground markings can also encourage challenges between peers. Who can reach the finish line first by naming all the previous numbers in a different language? Who can guess the closest position to a country on the world map? By introducing educational markings that children can have fun with, they will start to believe that learning is a fun activity that they can do either on their own or with friends as part of a game or competition.
These fun games actively promote thinking and decision making, while some of them also contribute to fitness – great for letting off some steam ready to return to the classroom.
Children can also have a lot of fun and social interaction with the Mirror Me or Dance With Me playground markings. These games are often used to develop memory skills and to encourage co-operative play, and can be used with groups of either 4 or 6 people.
Sports playground markings
Football, netball, basketball, tennis, running – there are many sports that primary school children love to take part in. Sports playground markings not only help to keep students healthy (both physically and mentally), but also teach them how to work as a team, how to collaborate and how to improve certain skills.
Sports playground markings become more popular with children as they go through the year groups, gaining more skills and enjoying more competition between their peers and other school sports teams. Playing these sports will give children a boost and motivate them to get better. It also teaches important lessons about what it means to win or lose, and how to adjust their strategy by learning from mistakes.
Sports do not end with traditional ball games however. Jumping games and Monkey Ball are other ways to get children moving and challenging themselves. Whatever the sport, these games could inspire some pupils to go on and become a professional athlete.
By playing on playgrounds with a wide range of different markings, students will make new friends, learn valuable team player attributes, discover their strengths and weaknesses, and develop thinking and physical skills. But most importantly, they’ll be able to take a needed break from the classroom and from doing homework, allowing them to enjoy their time at primary school.