5 Festive Playground Ideas for Primary Schools

Who says December has to be dull?

As the festive season approaches students start to dream of their holidays. This can cause them to disengage from learning, becoming even more energised than normal.

Why not take this opportunity to channel the holiday energy into playground projects for all to enjoy?

A child in a thick winter coat blows snow out of their hands at the camera.

1.   Merry Maths!

Engage your students in maths this Christmas. Encourage fun with Christmas games to enhance outdoor classroom learning. You can also create unique holiday decorations together help to engage their wonder this festive season.

One of the many reasons why art is important is its ability to reach across the curriculum to encourage learning. These arts and craft ideas are great for teaching simple and complex mathematic concepts to children of all ages.

Snowflake Symmetry

No two snowflakes are alike, but they all show an amazing geometric phenomenon- symmetry! This craft just requires white craft paper and safety scissors for your students to develop a deeper understanding of shapes.

For this craft, students square of paper in half three times and cut random and crazy shapes into the side. This may seem strange, but when unfolded they reveal … a beautiful, symmetrical paper snowflake! Hang these marvellous creations up in your outdoor classroom to build your very own winter wonderland and demonstrate symmetry in a memorable, practical way.

Two white paper snowflakes hanging from string from a ceiling.

Snowman Sums

Early learning classes need a fun way to introduce the idea of sums to young kids. You can do this with snowmen on the school playground! By turning your school playground into a giant chalkboard or using arts and crafts play panels, children can learn through art!

Placing sums inside snowmen drawings can help kids visualise maths more easily. As visual learners make up the largest learner group, this can be a new way to introduce the concept. Students can experiment with maths by completing basic sums along the three segments of a snowman with the solution on the head. They can even create and practice their own sums together on our giant chalkboard play panel once they gain confidence!

2.   Grotto in the Gazebo

Making easy festive decorations like paper doll chains or colourful craft paper chains made of multi-colour loops can really help turn any outdoor classroom into a winter wonderland! Why not expand this to create a special holiday space in your playground shelter.

The School Playground Company offers many different types of school canopies and gazebos for schools, any of which would make a wonderful Santa’s Grotto. Spend time to get to know your students this festive season by asking what they would like for Christmas, or their wishes for the New Year. This personal involvement is great for their wellbeing, improving integration into school life and help students understand one another better.

This can also become a great space to wind down at the end of the day. Gather the children around to read them holiday stories and poems to inspire them. We recommend classic stories like ‘The Night Before Christmas’, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, or ‘The Stick Man’.

Creating an imaginative space to explore story-telling, and even coming up with tales of their own is the best way to make learning memorable and immersive. Here at the School Playground Company, we offer many of these outdoor classroom and imaginative spaces, so check out some of our similar playground projects for inspiration all year round.

So put up your tinsel and get students into your outside classroom for some fresh air and holiday cheer!

3.   Sandy Snowmen

Even if we are not guaranteed a white Christmas this year, don’t let kids miss out on the dream of building a snowman. Sandmen building can be a way to wake them from that November nap and get involved with your classroom holiday games and lessons.

Building something for themselves helps young children learn about the world around them. Sensory learning is vital to development of motor skills and when working with others, communication and problem solving- morphing their learning into a 3D experience.

A small snowman made of sand with three round segments, two sticks for arms, small stones as buttons, eyes and nose, with a line for a smile and a white shell for a hat.

Our play sand is a great school playground idea for primary schools, add a little water and kids can mould Sandmen or other imaginative creations easily. Providing additional decorations like pipe-cleaners and googly eyes can also really encourage imaginative play.

4.   Playground Performances

Musical play is very important for developing minds, and the festive season offers so many opportunities for kids to express themselves. Musical educational play equipment is offered among our sensory equipment offerings. This is a great playground idea for primary schools to provide students with a safe environment to express their creativity and develop a love for music!

All of our musical playground equipment sets contain chime trees, which create bell like noises. Sound can help kids get immersed in imagination and story-telling. Combine sound into your reading in the grotto by using chimes to simulate Santa’s reindeer as they appear on the rooftops in ‘The Night Before Christmas’.

Getting classes together to sing holiday classics with the musical play sets involves students in music creation and festive fun, bringing joy to the playground.

5.   Enjoy Exercise

In the bleak midwinter it’s more important than ever to keep the blood pumping and stay active! Playground equipment where kids can clamber, run, jump and swing is great to work off all of that holiday excitement (and holiday sweets!).

Remaining active has been seen to improve concentration in students returning to the classroom, so it is beneficial to their learning and enjoyment to take the recommended 60 minutes of exercise each day. Just make sure they wrap up warm!

Our Active Play range of playground equipment can provide a wide variety of opportunities for fun activity at break times. We are also proud to offer inclusive playground equipment and wheelchair accessibly playground flooring to get all kids involved in activity and enjoying the great outdoors.

Happy Holidays from the School Playground Company!

We would love to work alongside your school to build your perfect playground this festive season. Why not continue to browse our website or contact us today for more information on how we can help.