We have long understood that well-designed outdoor play areas are vital. The few hours children spend outdoors each week builds social and cognitive skills which help them to thrive. No matter the space available, our team knows how to create a place where children can grow.
Every type of playground feature needs to be designed right and built right. In our eyes, creating a unique playground that's bursting with opportunity includes the capability to do them all. That's why our playground range contains everything from Activity Frames through to educational numeracy & literacy play panels.
Outdoor play is one of the best ways to stimulate, engage and encourage children to learn and develop communication skills. Here we explore speech development through play.
Whether through role play or playground games, speech and development beyond the classroom is a necessary, integral part of learning. From the moment kids step out of their assigned learning environment and unleash their imagination and play outside, communication through speech, noise and language comes into motion.
Here are some of the best ways for schools and learning establishments to benefit children when they’re outside. Let’s set them on the right path for learning excellence.
Install playground games!
Can you think back and remember playing hopscotch or snakes and ladders chalk games at school in your childhood? Playground games such as these encouraged vocal communication among peers and provided stimulation and enjoyment.
Luckily for the children of today, the world of outdoor play has surpassed antiquated chalk drawings. Modern schools install literacy and numeracy circles, play panels or art easels. With these resulting in overwhelming positive results when it comes to children communicating naturally and collaboratively.
With natural competition arising and imagination engaging during playtime, what better way to encourage their speech and vocal skills?
Role play games to engage their imagination
With a play fort or wigwam installed in schools, the simple playground transforms from tarmac and chalk to a world where children can play out being characters from their wildest fantasies or bedtime stories. They climb to the highest heights of a fort, assign complex character roles, discuss who’s got magical powers or lost at sea… Put simply, role play encourages communication. As a result, independent outdoor play is the building block to enhance communication.
By creating welcoming outdoor environments that encourage play, schools allow children the opportunity to further build their relationships. Alongside this they develop independence with socialising. That’s backed by an Ofsted report of an investigation into the benefits of outdoor learning. The report recommends that schools should ‘evaluate the quality of learning outside the classroom to ensure that it has maximum impact on learners’ achievement, personal development and well-being.’
Provide the right space for development
Whether you’re looking for a themed play area or an activity frame, one thing is clear – when schools create these spaces for children, they are making a positive investment in their social education and personal development.