Looking around at school playgrounds today you will be in for a pleasant surprise, gone are the days of metal climbing frames and cold heartless railings. Today you will find school playground equipment is eco friendly and child friendly, plus it is designed to inspire children to learn through their play activities.
There is another shift in the way we teach our children at school, other than the learning through play system, by the use of outdoor classrooms. These classrooms are designed to encourage a child’s imagination and to draw them into the natural world. These classrooms are ideal for those drama lessons and for exploring the outside space through practical exercises such as gardening and learning about insects. These outdoor classrooms are more than just about teaching a child, they also show how important it is to use recyclable material in the production of new structures.
Setting aside the play aspect of current developments within the playground equipment design, there are innovations in the use of multiactive equipment, which also has the stamp of being green and supporting the child. Especially when it comes to fitness and co-ordination, the multiactive systems support the child in physical fitness and they also makes use of solving problems logically and using maths. Much of this is without the child aware of having solved these problems, as they have been having fun.
Another essential area for school’s is the use of Multi Use Game Areas also known as MUGA for short, these can provide an essential part of a childs day at school, by being used at play time or for PE, where the ball sports will aid with a childs physical development. The eco impact of these systems are great, by finding a reputable playground designer and manufacturer who specialise in recyclable products, you will find that the MUGA can be made of up to 89% recyclable material. These types of outdoor play equipment can also be used at youth centres and also sports centres.
The focus of this new activity and eco inspired play systems keep going into the youth area, with specially adapted youth shelters for the modern teenager, who is always within reach of their latest technology. Modern youth shelters have solar panels, Bluetooth connectivity and radio; all of these aspects help to provide an instant improvement to any teenager’s school day.
An eco-friendly school will have a positive effect on children, not only on their physical abilities but also in the long term, as using recyclable material and with imagination can create exciting school playground equipment and outdoor classrooms, children will want to be in.