Developmental benefits of Risky Play:
Risky play involves kids experimenting and pushing themselves to figure out what will happen, without knowing the exact outcome. If kids don’t go far enough with their play, it’s boring and if they go too far, it gets too scary. It can be compared to a science experiment, where kids are testing out their environment and determining what they’re comfortable with.
When you can create a context of a relatively safe space, it’s really a fundamental way for children to figure out the world. To figure out how the world works and how their body works.
Risky play in early childhood can help develop a child’s self-confidence, resilience, executive functioning abilities and even risk-management skills. And research shows that engaging in risky play can actually reduce the risk of injury, too.
Trust the ability of the children to challenge themselves
Children will always seek these experiences naturally, no matter how safe you try to keep them and the play area. Letting the kids experience these thrills with you, allows them to learn how to better manage risks when they are alone, which is safer in the end.
6 key factors to risky play:
What we do at True Colors to provide Risky play: