Before you design

Often playground painting is done at weekends, but when designing you should make sure that you have watched the children first during a break time or lunchtime.

See how they use space, where the thoroughfares are, and which areas are shady/sunny.

See what other features there are and how the playground designs will work with the rougher games. How does the painting relate to the quiet picnic areas and footballing areas?

When you've sketched a design, discuss it with the head, the children, the PTA and others. You will want to get wide support, but also you can pick up good new ideas. You might well get a larger budget if people understand what you are trying to do.

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