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How Better Playground Equipment Leads to Smarter Kids

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When you’re on supervisor duty at school and you’re watching children playing, it can just look light-hearted play and nothing more. Whilst this is true, there is so much more to their creative little games! It is also a way for children to learn 21st century skills that they can apply in everyday life whilst also having fun.

When children engage in this form of play, they are learning essential life skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving and creativity. When they develop these skills in the playground, they can apply them to the classroom which can aid in their learning and ultimately, help them to become smarter. This form of play is much more different to adult-lead play where teachers take lead and instead, children are able to run-free and use their minds in all sorts of wonderful ways.

As a school, you may be wondering how you can help to aid this process. If so, we’re here to explain how better playground equipment can result in more engaging play which will result in smarter kids.

Collaborative Elements

Many forms of playground equipment feature collaborative elements. This means children are forced to work together, either to be able to make movable elements work or to be able to cross the trim trail.

For example, our outdoor sensory playground equipment comes with exciting features such as varying textures, chutes and passages for children to explore during their break times. All of these elements combined can be used to test children’s senses, minds and mental ability to help them to become smarter.

Being able to collaborate with others is an invaluable skill that children should learn from a young age to help them as they develop through school life and eventually into adulthood. These are incredibly important social skills to learn. Collaboration skills can help children to work in a team, for example in the future when they are working in an office environment and need to work on a group project.

Stimulating Creativity

A creative brain is a smart brain, and playground equipment can encourage creativity in young minds. Whether children use play equipment as their “base” in a role playing game, or come up with inventive and creative ways to cross the equipment, it can stimulate their minds and imaginations and help them to develop more creative skills.

This links in with being able to be collaborative and solve problems as their brains will be able to see creative ways out of situations and help them to see different pathways if they are stuck with a task.

Helps With Problem Solving

Outdoor play equipment wouldn’t be fun without a little challenge! We like to incorporate some challenging elements and puzzles into our outdoor play equipment to get those young minds thinking and working hard.

By encouraging children to use their brains whilst out on the playground, they will be more likely to apply this to the classroom too, which might help them solve those tricky maths problems which could result in them achieving higher grades and gaining a better understanding of the subject.

Getting Outside is Great for the Mind

Encouraging children to get outside and play on playground equipment can be a fantastic way to ensure they have positive mental health. The great outdoors is perfect for the stimulation of the senses and can help to refresh tired minds after an intensive afternoon of comprehension lessons at school.

By allowing children free reign to play and have fun on high-quality playground equipment, children can return to the classroom feeling refreshed and ready to learn, meaning their concentration and willingness to learn in the classroom will increase.

This, in turn, may cause a boost in their grades.

Getting outside and playing on some fun and engaging playground equipment can boost morale and help to lift any glum spirits after a challenging lesson. This could help with overall attendance at school. We all know attendance is vital to the positive educational development of children, and playground equipment could be the important ingredient to ensure this attendance. After all, what child could resist playground equipment with swings, climbing walls, water walls and play panels?


Children’s coordinational development can be benefited by using climbing frames or playground equipment which features climbing walls and/or climbing grams. Children will be faced with the challenge of overcoming this obstacle by working on the climbing wall or climbing frames. Here they can learn their directions (left and right), increase hand-eye coordination and increase their balance.

Having basic coordination skills can help to further improve children’s development in these vital early years of their lives, and can be used in their future. Depending on the career they wish to pursue, coordination can be a vital skill to master to help them succeed.

Boosting Communication

Quieter children may be the ones to suffer in silence at school. They may not know how to express their concerns or be confident enough to raise their hand to ask a question in the classroom. However, if they get outside and play on some playground equipment with their friends, they can practice basic communication skills that they can then apply to the classroom.

For example, they can learn how to ask for help, such as “do you know how I can get across here?” or “please may I have a turn on the swing?”. Playgrounds offer a non-threatening environment for children to be able to practice these useful communication techniques and eventually build enough confidence and self-assurance to be able to excel in the classroom.

Do You Want Better Playground Equipment for Your School?

If you’re the headteacher or director of a school and you think that the school could do with updating its playground equipment to stimulate the mental development for children, Red Monkey Play is the ideal place to look.

We provide high quality, wooden playground equipment that is specifically designed for children to both have fun and learn at the same time. Get in touch with a member of our team today to discuss the many options available to you such as playground equipment that is tailored to your playground space.

We have years of experience in playground design and creating unique outdoor playground equipment. We believe that we can help to improve your playground and benefit your pupils’ development in the critical years of their lives. Check out our range of playground equipment today!

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