We believe children understand their bodies and limits best. We promote body awareness by allowing them to experiment with whole-body play. Children have a natural tendency to push limits and seek thrilling and exciting experiences. Risky play is not only beneficial to children’s physical development, but also to their confidence, emotional regulation, risk-assessment skills, problem-solving skills, and acceptance of personal failure.
- Allowing children to explore out of their comfort zone, we provide them with the opportunity to take risks and evaluate the consequences of actions.
- Risky play forces children to confront fear, anxiety, and anger, thus learning emotional regulation and management skills.
- Taking physical risks puts children on the spot for quick thinking and problem-solving under pressure.
- Taking risks always comes with occasional failure. These experiences help children learn resilience and acceptance of failure.
- Overcoming fear, pushing boundaries, and successfully hurdling over an obstacle helps empower children and boosts their confidence.
Taking physical risks looks different for each individual child. From climbing trees to standing on tables to playing wrestling with peers, teachers are there to observe, provide safe boundaries, and use language to promote body awareness.