Schools and Nurseries Posts

Celebrating World Book Day with storytelling in the woods!

Monday, 18th March 2019 1:23 pm
The children at Leven Valley CE Primary School in Backbarrow, down the road from Playdale HQ, were lucky enough to celebrate the recent world book day with stories, tales and riddles from Taffy Thomas MBE, celebrated storyteller! Taffy, the 1st Laureate for Storytelling, tours nationally and internationally, but as his base is Grasmere in the […] Read more

Science Projects To Do In Mud Kitchens

Monday, 11th March 2019 4:17 pm
Mud kitchens are universally popular with children of all ages. Children have been creating mud kitchens in the corner of their gardens for centuries. They provide hours of squelchy fun and are not just about making mud pies and dirt smoothies. Most schools have mud kitchens due to their immense learning potential. Teachers are able […] Read more

Circuit Training And Trim Trails

Wednesday, 6th March 2019 4:20 pm
Trim trails provide the perfect opportunity to do circuit training exercises outside. They consist of separate pieces which improve upper and lower body strength, balance and overall fitness. You find them in parks school playgrounds and public play areas in many different configurations. Children exercise through play while adults incorporate the equipment into their formal […] Read more

Different Types Of School Playground Equipment

Tuesday, 4th December 2018 4:05 pm
School playground equipment plays a vital role in the educational, social, emotional and physical development of our children. Play is an important source of learning particularly for children in the early years. The Early Years Foundation Stage incorporates play into the curriculum with a particular emphasis on outdoor play. Outdoor play gives children the opportunity […] Read more

How Trim Trails Improve Writing Skills

Thursday, 18th October 2018 2:40 pm
Trim trails are really exciting pieces of playground equipment that provide endless hours of entertainment and fun. Children enjoy the spontaneity of jumping on and off each module and the challenge of completing the obstacle course. A trim trail encourages physical, social, emotional and imaginative development. All of these amazing skills develop while the children […] Read more

Who Invented Mud Kitchens?

Thursday, 19th July 2018 3:54 pm
Without a shadow of a doubt children are the inventors of mud kitchens. Children have been making mud pies and preparing dandelion tea for centuries. It is only recently adults recognise the versatility and benefits of this natural form of heuristic play. Mud kitchens provide the most simple form of role play and creativity using […] Read more

What Is Creative Play?

Tuesday, 17th July 2018 11:58 am
Creative play is fundamentally important to our children’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional development. It is how children learn to perceive the world and understand their place in it. The foundations of learning are set enabling children to become architects of knowledge. Play is such a simple word it does not justify the importance of […] Read more

Multi Use Games Area And Primary Schools

Wednesday, 12th September 2018 3:24 pm
A Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) is a versatile piece of playground equipment found in both urban and rural areas. They are synonymous with inner cities providing team game opportunities for children in built-up areas. Increasingly we are seeing MUGAs cropping up in school playgrounds due to the increase in housing estates in country locations. Secondary […] Read more

How Does School Playground Equipment Help Children To Learn?

Monday, 2nd July 2018 4:25 pm
‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’ reminds us that taking a break from work helps us to do better. Children need to take a break their books and play on the school playground equipment. Fun at playtime is as important as knowing how to do long division or use adverbial clauses. It’s […] Read more