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
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More are recognizing the benefits of risky play
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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
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.
Get straight to the “merry and bright” portion of your holiday without having to scramble for the perfect gift. With the holiday season just around the corner, here are our picks for the best new active toys that will help develop your children’s physical literacy and keep them moving into the new year and beyond. … Continued
Risky and loose parts play has improved students overall achievement and development
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8 tips on how to let your kids take more risks
Physical Literacy What exactly is physical literacy? These graphics make it easy to understand. Physical Literacy Infographic Apple Model Our physical literacy checklists for ages 0 to 9 years show you which movement skills and activities are appropriate to each age. You can help to spread the word about physical literacy by putting these images … Continued
How to let your kids take risks