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Sensory play surfaces for children



When designing your perfect play area for children, it’s important to take their sensory perceptions into consideration.


Whilst that perfect, crisp, monotone surface might be attractive to adults, we must ask ourselves, is it really engaging and stimulating for the children? The answer most probably is NO! 


Children usually see the world and their surroundings in a different way to adults. The areas they engage with on a regular basis should be fun and encourage interaction.


The more variety they have in Colours/ patterns/ textures, the more choices they must make. How they are going to interact with their surroundings, and why. This choice is very important in building and child’s cognitive development.


Decision making teaches children to further develop thought processes, organise and filter sensory importance and how to respond accordingly. 


Creating a sensory playground doesn’t have to cost the world and doesn’t have to include tonnes of equipment. The surface alone can incorporate several different elements including;


  • Variation of Colours
  • Materials
  • Shapes/ Patterns
  • Games/ Interaction markings


Perception of their surroundings, sensory experimentation and stimulation can encourage their brain pathways to open, and improve social interaction and speech skills. Improving these functional skills should help to relieve stress and make social situations easier to handle.


Sensory play surfaces have been shown to include a variety of benefits for children including;


  • Coordination
  • Social Skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relaxation
  • Cognitive Function


Sensory exploration engages a child's mind helping them to relax and reduce stress and anxiety.


These types of play surfaces can also help children to learn and concentrate easier and boost memory function through association. Also, learning about the world around them becomes easier with varied outside experiences and sensory engagement.


Therefore, choice is an important part of a child's growth and development. A varied play/ learning environment is helpful in teaching children to process, organise and filter sensory importance and respond accordingly.



Require further information?


Here at Bingham Ground Services, we can help design a specific cleaning plan for your play surfacing / sports pitch, to keep it safe and to maintain the playing qualities.


To further prevent damage and disruption to your court it’s important to be aware of the type of surface that you have and follow guidelines given by the manufacturers. Such recommendations will be dependent on the type of surface and vary depending on the type of court.


When we install surfaces, we always suggest and explain the importance of having a maintenance schedule and how it can keep your surface in excellent condition and extend its life expectancy/ improve performance.


Make sure to contact us if you need any advice about maintenance for your synthetic sports / play surfaces. We offer helpful information on the costs and the work that needs to be done for each surfacing type.


The benefits of keeping up to date with surface maintenance means that in the long run you will reduce the overall cost by potentially preventing costly damage.









For older blog posts from Binghams Blog, please follow the links below;


Maintaining Synthetic Sports Surfaces


1st September 2021


The Work Still Continues!


20th January 2021


How has COVID-19 affected Bingham Ground Services?


24th June 2020



Buy British with Bingham Ground Services


22nd May 2020


Replacing Wetpour Surfaces - Needlepunch is the answer!


19th March 2020


Quality vs. Quantity 


9th January 2020


Garden Ideas - How pet friendly is artificial grass?


11th December 2019


Grass Mats - Pro's and Con's of a cheaper surface alternative!


20th November 2019


Do artificial surfaces have an impact on players performance?


15th August 2019


The roots of artificial grass - Where it all started!


7th July 2019


Surface maintenance and why its so crucial!


16th June 2019


The importance of outdoor activities & playground games in schools!


26th May 2019


Top 5 reasons to choose Artificial Turf for Cricket pitches!


26th April 2019