Working closely with PE practitioners and teachers across a range of schools, the Action Mats range has developed over the years to help pupils enjoy sport and exercise, learn though problem-solving challenges and educational games, as well as support their emotional wellbeing.
A Short History
Creator and founder of Action Mats
Action Mats was born out of an idea to convert an unused piece of a school’s grounds into an inviting, fun and safe place for children to exercise on. I had been working with schools for over 10 years, designing playgrounds and outdoor learning environments, when I was asked to solve this problem. After lengthy discussions, I created a concept to make each exercise appealing, easily understandable and without the use of descriptive words. Being an experienced Cub Scout leader, I understood the pressures of keeping a large group of kids gainfully occupied for several hours a week. The fundamental purpose of the Cubs Scouts is to provide children with; positive experiences, learning opportunities, encouragement to work together and the ability to gain life skills. If I could combine the mixture of those Cub Scout attributes, with physical exercise, then Action Mats would be a uniquely wholesome and positive resource. The mats, starting as a concept for simple exercise, had developed into a highly visual learning tool for all young people that can be used across all types of lessons.
Assistant ‘Mat-Matician’ for Action Mat
I studied Working with Children, Young People and Families at university and worked in many different settings with all ages of primary school children since completing my degree, so understand how time-consuming and stressful planning lessons and activities for the children can be! We wanted to create something that everyone would love while still helping with the children’s development.