The number of hours that children play outdoors each day is decreasing year on year. Even when our children want to go and climb a tree they are told they can’t or that they mustn’t climb higher than a low branch.
What are our children missing out on through not being able to experience risk in a controlled environment, push their comfort zones and challenge their abilities?
Risky play is an essential part of helping our children to build resilience, which is the ability to recover readily from adversity. Children need regular opportunities to engage in age-appropriate risky play to help develop not only resilience but also emotional regulation, risk-assessment skills, problem solving and communication skills.
During the evening we will talk about what risky play is, the impacts of wrapping our children in cotton wool, the benefits of more time spent outside and our role as adults and teachers in risky play activities. We will finish with some practical ideas on how to bring more risky play into the lives of your children while improving their mental health and resilience.
Monday 13th May @ 7pm, South Library, 66 Columbo Street, Christchurch