Risky play can be an intimidating concept for parents and caregivers to try to implement with their children. How much risk is too much? How can play remain safe? Dr. Mariana Brussoni recognizes the dilemma. In fact, she’s an expert on the subject. Her research focuses on caregivers’ perceptions of risk and safety when it … Continued
What to look for in a child care centre
Use your backyard, and imagination, to explore
More are recognizing the benefits of risky play
Understanding the difference between objective and perceived risk
Risky play is a hot button topic in parenting. Are you “overprotecting” your children? Or are you “putting them at risk” by allowing them to climb the monkey bars at the park? Researchers are telling us that risky play is necessary for healthy child development. It’s essential for developing confidence and the ability to manage … Continued
Your child gets ready to jump from the monkey bars and you get ready for a trip to the hospital. Is this a reasonable reaction? Unless there’s a pit of poisonous serpents or a bed of nails below, probably not. As Dr. Mariana Brussoni of the University of British Columbia points out, statistics show that … Continued
One activity that’s simple to plan, free, safe, and incredibly beneficial for our kids during this pandemic? Unstructured nature play.
One way to encourage kids to play is to prompt rather than suggest. Often, the activities they find the most engaging are the ones they invent themselves.
The snow is gone, the birds are singing, and my kids are full of energy. Thankfully, spring offers many opportunities for children to get moving outdoors.
I often find that my kids stay entertained longer when they engage in self-directed, open-ended play using loose parts from around our home.
In contrast to typical metal or plastic play structures, natural playgrounds are designed to take advantage of landscaping and organic materials.
The Vivo Play Project gives kids the opportunity to let loose, play freely, and get dirty.
November 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Playgrounds and unstructured free play have always been my go-to options for my two boys’ exercise and entertainment. But as they’ve grown in height, they’ve also been growing apart in terms of their interests, as well as their physical and social skills. Despite their five-year age difference, when they were younger both would happily play … Continued
Children today don’t get enough active play time. And that’s a health issue because it’s during active free play that children fill up on their daily requirement of daily physical activity. The problem is not that children have stopped playing, but that the nature of the games they play has changed. In this digital era … Continued
On a summer afternoon, you might find four-year-olds digging in the mud with sticks while six-year-olds toss stones into a creek and eight-year-olds climb trees or build a fort. Welcome to the Into the Wild nature camp at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alta., where unstructured, child-led, risky play is the name of the … Continued
This online tool helps parents to encourage outdoor play
Adventurous outdoor play spaces are essential to child development
You might have heard that kids are not spending that much time outdoors anymore and about the movement to get kids outdoors again. There are other documentaries on this topic like, Play It Again and Project Wild Thing, explaining why this is a problem and how to change things. Nature Play: Take Childhood Back brings a … Continued
Let your kids figure out for themselves what they can handle
Encouraging children to make their own courageous decisions
Here’s how parents can know when to intervene in their children’s risky play, and how to help facilitate acceptable risk.
Even in self-isolation, your kids can keep on learning through play, using active games to keep them moving and learning at home.