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Playground Safety and Design - Taking the Heat off Parents?

<a href="/articles/playground-safety-and-design-taking-the-heat-off-parents">Playground Safety and Design - Taking the Heat off Parents?</a>

Are safe playgrounds depriving our children of important emotional development opportunities? By making playgrounds safer and reducing physical risk, are we increasing the risk that children will be more anxious and deprived of chances to master their physical world? The value of a safety-first playground was recently questioned in the New York Times - “Can a Playground be Too Safe?”. The writer referred to comments by Norwegian psychologist, Professor Ellen Sandseter who said that it is best for children to encounter certain physical challenges from an early age so that they learn to master them through play. Read full article

Small Fry Outdoors Inspiration for Being Outdoors with Kids

<a href="/parenting-resources/value-of-play/small-fry-outdoors-inspiration-for-being-outdoors-with-kids">Small Fry Outdoors Inspiration for Being Outdoors with Kids</a>

Book: Small Fry Outdoors by Susie Cameron and Katrina Cook. This book helps children find the magic in everyday outdoor activities. The outdoors is a place where kids can get down and dirty with a bug-catcher and magnifying glass in hand. They can be conquering explorers, artists, amateur botanists, pirates or fairies - all in the blink of an eye. Featuring ideas to inspire children, activities are related to the senses and concepts, everyday activities and chores, ideas for rainy days and the seasons. Read full article

Outdoor Play and Playground Conflict

<a href="/blogs/sarahpietrzak/2010/08/17/outdoor-play-and-playground-conflict">Outdoor Play and Playground Conflict</a>

Several years ago I taught an inner city school in the UK. The sports teachers refused to allow the children to play on the field at recess or lunchtime in case they messed up the field. Instead, several hundred teenagers were crowded onto 4 tennis courts and one small concreted area about the size of two basketball courts. It was like a regulated version of Lord of the Flies Read full article