213 - The Benefits of Risky Play in Outdoor Playgrounds and How to Design Them
Suzanne Quinn, Dr, KOMPAN Playgrounds & Fitness
Risky play in the outdoors benefits children and adults across age ranges and abilities (Brussoni et al., 2012, 2105; Sandseter & Kennair, 2011). Thrilling play that involves risk assessment and risk-taking can help people to feel physically and emotionally empowered. In this session, we will discuss the research behind risky play and outline strategies for designing thrilling outdoor playgrounds based on principles of play and in consultation with children.
- Learn about the characteristics of risky play as defined by evolutionary biologists and play scholars.
- Learn how to apply the characteristics of risky play to the design of outdoor play environments.