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The Benefits of Playground Markings

The right playground markings can transform a dull outdoor space into an engaging, fun and exciting area that ignites children’s imagination. With a huge range of designs available, the possibilities are endless. The benefits of playground markings are numerous and can help encourage healthy, active play for all children, as well as help develop key academic skills.

According to NHS guidelines, children aged five to eighteen should do at least an hour of physical activity every day. However, this is difficult to achieve when many children are distracted by mobile phones and have limited PE time at school as well as short lunch breaks. In addition, schools struggle to find budgets for climbing equipment and outdoor gyms. However, playground markings can offer a cost-effective solution to help improve children’s health and well-being.

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces: Exploring Playground Markings

In addition to sports markings, there are also several markings designed specifically for learning through play. For example, a caterpillar of ABCs encourages children to move as they learn the alphabet. Other playground markings such as snakes and ladders can help children develop their counting skills.

Playground markings can be installed on surfaces including tarmac, wet pour, artificial grass and sand. They are installed by heating thermoplastic with a propane torch or specialised heating equipment until it becomes molten and bonds securely to the playground surface. Thermoplastic markings are skid-resistant and non-toxic, making them a safer choice than traditional paint. They are also durable and long-lasting, with some markings able to last up to 10 years.

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