08-Adventurous and Challenging: The Benefits of Risky Outdoor Play

In this module, participants will learn about and reflect on adventurous, challenging and risky play. Adventure playgrounds and nature programs offer examples of how environments can support children’s opportunities for adventurous and challenging play that at times can be risky.

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7 Lessons

In this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the perspectives surrounding the topic of play involving risk.
  2. Reflect on the risky play movement and the current debate around terminology.
  3. Relate the elements of nature to risky play.
  4. Examine the benefits of and reflect on the support for risky play.
  5. Analyze risky play categories, risk benefit assessments and consider ways to help others understand risk.

Module Materials

  1. Computer
  2. Internet Connection
  3. Speakers with Volume “ON”


  1. Corina Manasseri

    I am looking forward to see this module’s contributions to increase focus on children’s natural urge for risky play and what characterizes such play.

  2. Shirley Suttak

    Risky Play is a very important part of child development and we can be risk aware and prepared and not risk adverse . I appreciate the template to use for benefit and risk assessment.

  3. marie-france bourgoin-leger

    Risky play is important in the development of children, their self worth and sens of accomplishment. Risky play shouldn’t be mix with “hazardous” play. I am very happy that I found the distinction in this module. Risky play doesn’t seem so dangerous now.

  4. Vicki Pollock

    Risky play is an important part of early childhood education. And, bonus, it’s fun and exciting!

  5. Katie Dowdle

    a childcare director I used to work for said she allowed risky play because she firmly believed that allowing the children to take more controlled risks when they’re younger would lower the chances of them engaging in more dangerous risky behaviour when they got older because they would have a better idea of what their own limits were.

  6. DC

    risky play is important for the development of children’s critical thinking skills

  7. Kate Domingo

    Children engaging in risk play gain benefit in the long run. Teachers supporting children to engage in risk play are the teachers who risk ahead to make sure that no unseen hazardous materials that were laying that cause severe harm to children. Some injuries might happened during risk play. but only the minimal and unavoidable one.

  8. Rondo

    The opportunity for risky play is important for young children for various reasons. Risky play provides children with an increased level of independence, confidence, increased physical activity, problem solving, facing and dealing with fears, learning limits and setting limits, increased communication with peers as there is an increase in difficulties with some activities and an overall increase in health and well being.

  9. Kim Dolezal

    Risky play is a big part of development with the children in the outdoors. We are there to support the child in the type of risky play, we scan and remove any hazards before the type of risky play. We can inform parents with a risk assessment posted on a daily basis where and what we are doing for our outdoor adventure with the children.