Published: March, 2021

Impact of Well-designed Playgrounds on Children's Learning and Growth

Studies on designing play areas that improve children's physical, social, and mental development in urban and rural areas have been continuing with new approaches. One of these approaches is the "Landscape design" approach.

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Way back in 1977, the Child Play Rights Declaration stated that play is important for every child's overall development potential along with education, feeding, healthcare, and housing. During the teen and adulthood phase of children, play helps the brain to establish more connectivity, especially in the frontal lobe that is the center for planning and making good decisions.

Unfortunately, today's children are engaged in numerous indoor activities such as video games, TV, after-school academics activities, and fewer chances to enjoy playing outside. This led to many playgrounds disappearing from the kids' play landscape. Many parents and schools don't realize playgrounds are vital for children's growth. Playgrounds are safe spaces where kids can be kids and express their fun-loving nature and inherit a huge variety of skills, including coordination, motor skills, cognitive abilities, social awareness, and language. Plus, the playground provides a place for children to get a full-body workout, strengthening their various body parts. From the cardiovascular system to the circulatory system, each is nurtured and benefited through vigorous play.

Nowadays, due to the rapid and distorted construction in cities, playgrounds for children at society and schools are consumed up, and outdoor play-spaces are converted to the structural land uses, which in turn resulted in a lack of playing areas for kids. Thus, kids play on the streets, houses, and roads. Researchers stated that kids must play at well-designed, safe, and natural playgrounds, and the most important aspect to be considered while designing play spaces is placing environmental elements on the playgrounds.

Studies on designing play areas that improve children's physical, social, and mental development in urban and rural areas have been continuing with new approaches. One of these approaches is the "Landscape design" approach. In this approach, the aim is to provide children with play spaces constructed with natural materials and enhance affordances for play. Equipping playgrounds with natural materials and using other landscape elements not just affects the various development types of children, including social, emotional, and conceptional skills, but also renders many learning opportunities to children, which are not provided by the classical playgrounds. According to Fjørtoft for the evaluation of educational efforts, all the games played in the natural areas can affect the motor development of children.

UK-based Kinley provides a huge range of landscape edging products and planters suitable for all types of landscape projects. Made from 100 percent recyclable aluminum and steel, with a bespoke option, Kinley’s ExcelEdge are a robust solution for modern play spaces and playgrounds.

  • AluExcel -Aluminium angle edging for hard landscaping, 
  • AllEdge - Premium aluminum landscape edging,
  • Bison - Heavy-duty kerb is the perfect alternative to concrete kerbs for hard landscapes, 
  • Borderline - Suitable for delineating soft landscaping
  • Ranger – Perfect for lawn borders and delineating other soft or loose surface finishes.
  • Urban - Strong steel edging for soft and hard, high traffic landscapes.
  • Fort- Strong, robust roll-topped steel edging for hard landscapes 

The flexibility of aluminum edging enables landscape architects to develop beautifully designed curved thoroughfares and dividing flower beds and gravel paths. Renowned for its discreet and smart design, Kinley’s edging products are available in different heights and finishes and easy to install, helping landscape architects keep the projects running on time and budget. Moreover, these edging products constructed with natural play elements significantly affect secure play area formation, whereas their low maintenance ensures additional cost benefits across its long lifespan, making them an ideal choice for surveyors, specifiers, and installers.

Alongside Kinley’s versatile and high-quality Perimeta Planters designs (Planterline, HiGrade, Fusion line, Prism, Benches, Movable Planters, and Planter Accessories), holding plants and trees add the extra green option at the play space and playgrounds. These lightweight commercial steel planters come along with a choice of standard and bespoke options and are known for their charming aesthetics and practical applications, as well as their speed and simplicity to install. Perimeter Planters allow architects to develop their perfect, safe, sustainable, beautiful land unique landscape play space or playground. Kinley’s playground landscape architecture and planters offer children the experience of playing in the surrounding space, expanding the area where children can play allowing them to go out beyond the playground. 


Customers can easily purchase edging products via Kinley’s online quote tool, where they can create their bespoke quote in a fraction of a second and buy online with ease sitting at their home. For detailed information, customers need to sign-in to the Kinley account.

Contact the Kinley team for free project consultation or CPD workshop to determine how the company can create your landscape play space or playground.


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