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The Risk-Benefit Equation of Challenging Playgrounds

Exploring the benefits of challenging playgrounds

A playground is a place where children learn how to navigate the world securely - An valuable life skill that can only be learned by doing.

The following information debates the inclusion of thrill in playgrounds. While some parents and grandparents consider playgrounds to be a risk, research shows that well-structured playgrounds are important for developing a child's physical literacy. Physically challenging play actions also provide opportunities for children to learn how to handle risk.

Get a profound understanding of the benefits of challenging playgrounds by reading the following article.

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The risk-benefit equation of challenging playgrounds

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5 Tips for Secure Challenging Play

5 Tips for secure, challenging play

  1. Use the possible fun features of the landscape in your design (eg. slopes, streams)

  2. Choose play equipment that is age-appropriate, developed, and tested with children

  3. Make sure that play equipment is certified to meet safety standards

  4. Make sure that the play area meets space and surfacing safety guidelines

  5. Choose robust, durable technical solutions for equipment that moves