Playgrounds help children to become more mindful

There is an emerging body of research that indicates that mindfulness can help our children improve their ability to pay attention, to calm down when they are upset, and to make better decisions. In short, it helps with emotional regulation and cognitive focus.  Students are also better able to absorb and retain math, science, language arts and other skills that incorporate their immediate environment and use all five senses.

monkey bars key stage 1 playground equipment

Little monkey
‘Strengthening gross motor skills’.

Playgrounds can  help children focus their attention and become more mindful to their awareness of surroundings and focus on their body.  For instance, when they are grasping onto the Monkey Bars or holding on in space.   Or perhaps when balancing on a Beam or when feeling the air on their face as they whizz down the Slide.  For those moments, it helps children to forget the ‘chitter chatter’ in their brain enhancing Mindfulness.

Mindfulness can add to the quality of our lives in numerous ways, from nurturing a sense of inner peace to improving the quality of play, from enhancing self-confidence to facilitating deeper and more meaningful relationships with others.

In children specifically, mindfulness has been found to:

  • Mitigate the effects of bullying (Zhou, Liu, Niu, Sun, & Fan, 2016)
  • Enhance focus in children with ADHD (Zhang et al., 2016)
  • Reduce attention problems (Crescentini, Capurso, Furlan, & Fabbro, 2016)
  • Improve mental health and wellbeing
  • Improve social skills when well taught and practiced in children and adolescents.  This has to be more constructive than social media!

From Playground Consultation to the drawing board, we at Image Playgrounds pride ourselves with quality Playgrounds where designs are brought to life by our creative craftsmen which spark children’s imagination.   Encouraging children to become more active with our playgrounds and yet they will become more mindful at the same time.  From Tower System Climbing frames, to Trim Trails or to Role Play Castles.   We can create a child’s world with our Playgrounds  that is full of imagination and fun; yet at the same time will help your pupils become more mindful.

Child on a rope swing

Balance & Coordination

Let us help bring a smile to your children’s faces.

Contact us on 01347 878747 for a free Playground Site Visit & 3D design