The Secret to Making the Most Out Of Your Play Surfacing

Every day, Billy Bounce receives enquiries from nursery managers looking to revamp their outdoor play area with the safe surface, wetpour (link to Billy Bounce.co.uk?). One of the beauties of wetpour is that almost any design can be hand-laid within it. However, after recent feedback from one of their customer’s, they felt the need to make it more known that not only is wetpour available in pretty colours and designs, but actually, it can add educational values.

Angels By Day manager, Fiona Day recently got in touch with Billy Bounce after visiting the gallery on their website. She was looking to revamp their play area with their safety surfacing that would include bright graphics in order to create several outdoor learning areas.

Fiona Day was over the moon with their new play surfacing!


“What has really made our play space special was the inclusion of a disabled parking bay as it has enabled us to discuss diversity. We chose the designs based on what practitioners use. The flower with numbers was incorporated to promote number recognition.”

Fiona Day, Angels By Day Nursery

Billy Bounce contacted us to discuss their secrets for making the most out of new wet pour safety surfacing. They have created this article to inspire you into creating an educational play area that will stimulate learning and boost enthusiasm.

Number and Letter Recognition



Offering outdoor learning resources is particularly important to the early years children who learn best through active movement. By incorporating numeracy and literacy style graphics within your surfacing, you can help build interest and passion for learning.

We have experienced high demands to install numbers, letters and shapes into our surfacing for nurseries and primary schools. All of which can be installed in various colours, incorporating another learning aid to your outdoor space.

Discussion for Diversity

Fiona spoke highly of this feature in her new play area. She had requested parking bays to be installed alongside the roadway and decided to include a disabled bay, which has allowed the children to discuss diversity.

Other designs that may offer the same value to learning, include graphics that represent parent and child parking bays and any other graphic you may see on a day-to-day basis.

Road Safety-

Installing a roadway in your play area is an ideal way to introduce road safety. Depending on budget, roads can be represented in many forms. Simple coloured tracks, with no line markings, can also encourage physical activities as they make great running tracks. However, including road markings can be more realistic for role-play activities.

Unlike toys, wetpour is a long-term commitment and designs should be chosen carefully. However, many markings and graphics can be identified as open-ended play resources, allowing children to take their creativity in many directions.

To read the full Angels By Day case study head over on the Billy Bounce website (link), where you’ll also find further information on wetpour safety surfacing (link) and design inspiration (link).

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