There is a dramatic play world building cycle that children repeat during their play. As part of this cycle, they create, organize, and explore imaginary worlds based on their personal interests, knowledge, and experience.
This free downloadable PDF physical risk rating matrix is intended to help early learning professionals assess the riskiness of play activities or environments in order to create play settings that balance safety and reasonable risk taking. Use this matrix when conducting benefit/risk assessments and other early learning planning.
Here’s a free downloadable PDF highlighting 6 categories of risky play outlined by Ellen Sandseter in your research.
A free downloadable PDF created by www.compoundchem.com highlighting types of scientific evidence.
A free downloadable PDF highlighting Sara Smilansky’s Types Of Play.
A free downloadable PDF highlighting Tina Bruce’s 12 Features Of Play.
Here at Playvolution HQ, we think that Peter Gray’s book Free To Learn is one of the best books on play in decades and wish all parents and caregivers would read it. We’re also big fans of Gray’s Nov 19, 2008 post to his Freedom To Learn blog entitled The Value of Play I: The Definition of Play Gives Insights (another everyone-who-spends-time-with-children-should-read item).
Play advocate Joan Almon passed away July 14, 2019 after battling cancer. Below you’ll find a handout with her thoughts on play from her book, Adventure: The Value of Risk in Children’s Play. You can learn more about Joan’s work and contributions to the field of early learning here.
Free Download And Print Handout Here’s a free one page handout we put together with some of our favorite quotes about children, fear, and early