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The process of playground design with the UniPlay team

The process of playground design with the UniPlay team
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The process of playground design with the UniPlay team

At UniPlay, we provide industry leading playground marking design and installation services and so, we are often asked by our new customers what the process of creating a new bespoke playground looks like.

Markings are not only decorative; they also play a crucial role in enhancing the play experience, promoting physical activity, and facilitating learning. When designing playgrounds, especially for schools with limited space or multiple age groups, our team have found incorporating effective playground markings becomes even more essential.

The Role of Playground Markings in Design

Playground markings transform flat, empty spaces into vibrant areas for play and learning. They can outline specific zones for different activities, such as sports courts, running tracks, or imaginative play areas. This separation helps in managing the flow of play, preventing overcrowding, and ensuring that children of various ages have suitable and safe spaces to engage in activities appropriate for their development level.

For younger children, markings can include simple shapes, letters, numbers, and basic games like hopscotch or snakes and ladders. These designs encourage the development of fundamental motor skills and early learning concepts. For older children, more complex markings can be used to create sports courts, mazes, or maps that challenge their physical abilities and strategic thinking.

Designing for Small Spaces

We are also often asked about small playground spaces and how markings can be implemented into these types of playgrounds. In schools with limited outdoor space, playground markings can be a game-changer. Effective design involves using bright, contrasting colours to clearly define different areas within a small playground.

Vertical surfaces, such as walls or fences, can also be utilised for educational or interactive murals. The key is to maximise the available ground by incorporating multi-use designs that cater to a variety of activities. For instance, our team can entwine multiple different markings together, providing multi-use areas where children of all ages and abilities can take part in interactive play.

Catering to Multiple Age Groups

As schools also cater to a wide age range, designing playground markings requires a balance between shared spaces and age-specific areas. Shared spaces can include universal designs like world maps or sensory paths that appeal to all ages. Age-specific zones, however, should be clearly marked and designed with the developmental needs of those age groups in mind. For younger children, the focus should be on simple, engaging patterns and games that promote basic physical coordination and learning.

Older children will benefit from more complex and challenging designs, such as sports fields with accurate dimensions or fitness circuits. 

Speak to our team about designing a playground

Designing a playground with effective use of markings requires a thoughtful approach that considers the available space, the needs of different age groups, and the goals of physical and educational development. Although considering all these factors may seem daunting, when working with our creative team, you can feel confident your playground design will provide create play opportunities for years to come!

We have years of experience in designing and installing playground markings throughout the UK, working with schools and public sector organisations to create appealing and engaging playgrounds for children of all ages. If you would like to know more about the services, we provide simply call 0333 321 6695 or email info@uni-play.co.uk and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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