Outdoor play provides a whole host of benefits for primary school aged children, making it an essential part of the school day for many pupils.
5 benefits of outdoor play for children include:
Improved overall physical health
Regular outdoor play has a positive effect on overall physical health. Playing outdoors helps children ensure their level of activity is at the correct amount for their age group. The knock-on effects of this are physical factors such as muscle building, physical development and overall improved health.
Improved peer relationships
Outdoor play is often in groups and therefore can have an impact on peer relationships. By having an inviting outdoor space, children can play together and develop personal relationships. This is part of key social skill development, helping children to develop their socialising and interaction with pupils of all ages.
Expanding their learning space
Often as part of outdoor play, children can take their learning outdoors. Having resources available for pupils to continue their learning away from the playground, also showing children they can continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of subjects away from the classroom.
Self-awareness is a key skill for pupils to develop an understanding of their observation and reasoning skills. Outdoor play is a fantastic tool for children of ranging ages to develop their self-awareness and understanding of their own feelings and emotions, an essential part of a child’s development.
Starting on independence
Learning to play without adult encouragement is the start of a child’s independence, which is a key factor in outdoor play. Pupils can develop their independence skills by learning to play outdoors, utilising different resources and tools to aid their playing experience.
By encouraging children to play outdoors during the spring and summer months, they will reap a huge range of benefits, some of which have been mentioned above. However, keeping this engagement and interaction between your pupils and outdoor play can be difficult.
At UniPlay, we specialise in working alongside primary schools to create engaging playgrounds for pupils throughout each age group. Our team design and install durable thermoplastic playground markings in outdoor playgrounds throughout the UK.
Our dedicated design team create bespoke experiences for each pupil, comprising of a variety of markings including:
Depending on your school’s requirements we are also able to create branded bespoke markings, comprising of the school logo and colours. Our team are passionate about providing markings which can be utilised for pupils for years to come.
If you are considering your next playground marking project, do not hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team. We have years of experience in working on a huge variety of different projects, including both small and large playground areas.
Our experienced team are on hand to assist you. To speak with our team simply call us on 0333 321 6695 or email email@example.com and we will be in touch as soon as possible.