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Playground game markings are a great way to get kids moving, so that they can meet the recommended 3 hours of movement for preschoolers, and 60 minutes for those over 5. They also have plenty of additional developmental and educational benefits too

Are you considering adding game markings to the outdoor area of your school? If you are, there are plenty of playground game markings to choose from, all available in vivid, beautiful and long-lasting thermoplastic, so kids can enjoy them all year round, any weather.  

To help you choose the perfect playground game markings for your school, here are some of the best design ideas to consider: 

Court Markings

Court markings for basketball, netball, tennis, dodgeball and 5 aside all provide a simple but impactful outline for PE activities, sports clubs and school tournaments. It turns a blank space into a space with intention, so that with the right equipment, games can easily be played with read-to-go guidelines. 

Noughts & Crosses

Noughts and crosses playground markings help children identify patterns, learn to take turns, and to learn to look ahead before deciding on their next move. 

Piggy In The Middle

Piggy in the middle does not need any specific markings, but having the Piggy In The Middle markings available to use, encourages kids to play it, and provides an instant suggestion for activity and fun when children enter the playground. Mirror me has similar benefits and is great for younger kids. 


Hopscotch is a traditional game that still has a place in modern playgrounds. It is available in the most classic design, or it can include cute cartoon characters like frogs, be made to look like a rocket ship. There are plenty of imaginative designs to refresh this classic game and keep it current.

It is such a great playground game because it is so easy to understand, and it has a clear benefit when it comes to boosting numeracy skills. Unfortunately, numeracy abilities are worse than they used to be in the UK, and so, if any activity or facility can help children be more comfortable with numbers, it can only be a good thing. 

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Twister is a great game for kids to play in the playground because the rules are very simple and it encourages building strength, stretching, and working as a team. The pattern of the Twister playground markings is also colourful and simple enough for kids to utilise it for imaginary games they might create alone, or in groups. 


Targets are an arrangement of numbers that usually start from a high number in the middle, with decreasing amounts as the numbers go out towards the edge. They come in a wide range of patterns, ranging from turtles, whales, shark tanks or even in progressive column patterns. They can be used for a number of different games, and can aid numeracy, physical activity and the development of social skills. 

Snakes & Ladders

Snakes and ladders is a beautiful game to have placed on your playground in thermoplastic. They are bright, colourful, and a lot of fun for kids to play. They help kids learn how to take turns, how to understand gameplay rules and encourage the recognition of numbers and symbols. 


Maze thermoplastic playground markings can help children with cognitive development because they require spatial gameplay and puzzle-solving. You can get square mazes, line mazes and circular mazes depending on your preference and playground design.


Which Playground Game Markings Will You Choose?

If you’re considering installing some playground game markings, there are lots of bright and exciting designs to choose from. Why not speak to a professional playground markings company today to further research your options? They will be able to give you examples of different designs you can choose from so that you can enhance your school’s outdoor area with the perfect playground games for your pupils to enjoy day after day. 

Contact Sovereign Play Today

While purchasing wooden and timber framed playground equipment doesn’t need to be as arduous a task as many believe it to be, there are certainly a number of factors that need to be considered in order to create a safe and fun environment.

If you’d like help designing and installing your perfect playground, complete with high quality wooden playground equipment, selected specifically for your setting, please don’t hesitate to contact our team today. We have an incredible team of designers who’ll take the time to get to know you, your setting and your ideal goals for the space you have. From there, we’ll be able to create the ultimate playground with well built, safe wooden playground equipment that won’t just weather the storm but will offer those who use it a multitude of benefits. For more information, please call today on 01702 804 200