Curriculum Play Ideas for All Ages

learning through play and colour

This blog post is bursting with curriculum play ideas for all key stages, designed to ignite imaginations, build confidence, and get those little bodies moving. We also talk about the ideal colours used to stimulate imagination and learning with outdoor play equipment concepts.

Unleashing the Power of Play

Through play, children, and young adults are able to explore concepts, develop social skills, and practice physical movement. By incorporating summer themes and curriculum objectives into play activities, we can create an engaging and enriching learning environment and the correct school play equipment for your school.

Setting the Stage for Summer Learning

Before diving into the play ideas, let’s consider how to create the ideal summer learning space:

Embrace the Outdoors: Utilize your playground or outdoor area. Shade sails and water fountains can help keep everyone cool and comfortable.

Get Crafty: String up colourful streamers or paint murals on fences to add a vibrant summer atmosphere.

Natural Play Materials: Sandpits, water trays, and loose parts (pinecones, pebbles, etc.) offer endless open-ended play opportunities.

west hampstead aerial

Here was a great playground makeover for West Hampstead School in London. Incorporating colour, sensory play, bridges, huts, dens, play tables, water, moveable blocks and seating.

Early Years (EYFS):

Sensory Summer: Create a beach-themed small world with sand, shells, and toy boats. Children can practice pouring, sorting, and imaginative play.

Water, Water, Everywhere: Set up a sprinkler or water play area for gross motor skill development and exploration of cause and effect.

Story Time Under the Sun: Gather under a shady tree for story time with props and costumes related to the summer theme. Encourage children to act out parts of the story.

Key Stage 1:

Bug Bonanza: Turn a nature walk into a bug hunt! Children can create a bug hotel or draw pictures of their findings back in the classroom. (Links science curriculum to the outdoors)

Minibeast Olympics: Organize races, obstacle courses, and jumping activities with a bug theme. This incorporates physical activity and reinforces counting skills.

Summertime Shakespeare (Simplified): Act out a simplified version of a summer-themed Shakespeare play outdoors. This encourages teamwork, public speaking, and drama skills.

Key Stage 2:

The Secret Power of Playground Colours

Studies suggest that colour psychology can impact learning and behaviour. Here’s a quick guide to heat-friendly playground colours:
• Cool Colours: Blue and green promote feelings of calmness and focus.
• Bright Accents: Small pops of yellow or orange can add a touch of sunshine without overwhelming the senses.

Check out these blogs for more insight into the best colours to use in schools playgrounds and classrooms:

https://www.rapinteriors.co.uk/inspiration/news/how-to-choose-the-best-colours-for-your-school-interiors/#:~:text=Older%20children%20react%20better%20to,work%20when%20colours%20are%20present.

The most important element of summer learning is to have fun! By incorporating play into your curriculum, you’ll be creating a memorable and enriching experience for your students.