Based on the idea that taking responsible risk is an essential part of playing and moving, we developed a design concept with a special product line to stimulate challenging and risky play. Because by pushing boundaries and taking a little risk, children become self-reliant and develop. Adventure Play Explore climbing routes are not predefined. Children explore themselves and come up with their own climbing routes.
Adventure Play Explore is an outdoor challenge for real adventurers who don’t shy down from some challenge and excitement. Slightly different and full of surprises. Children discover different routes every time, have new adventures with their friends and continue to amaze themselves.
With the design of play areas with exciting climbing routes from Adventure Play Explore, children are testing and pushing their limits. By trying out new activities and overcoming their fears. A process that can feel scary for parents on the sidelines, but is very important for the development of children. Children love excitement and often seek out the adventure. Want to climb and scramble, preferably nice and high. Exploring, seeing how far you can go. Play with a healthy dose of risk. It’s part of growing up.
TRIAL AND ERROR
There is a big difference in what children want and the protective behaviour of parents. Children are not allowed to fall anymore. And when it happens, they don’t know how because they just haven’t learned it yet. What if we let them do a little more from an early age? Let them climb and scramble and let them discover their physical and mental abilities? In this way they learn to deal with the risk and consequences of falls. Learning through trial and error.
“Abrasions and bruises are the medals of your youth”
Give children options, let them discover for themselves where they want and dare to go. Provides them with the space to learn how to deal with acceptable risks. Scouring borders, pushing boundaries. No encouragement to dangerous play, but invite to discover and challenging game. In this way they literally learn to hold their own and grow up to be strong personalities. Both physically and mentally, by developing more self-confidence.
ON AN ADVENTURE IN THE OUTDOOR AREA
In the outdoor area there is less and less space to play freely outside. There are fewer vacant land. In addition, there is more supervision and strict (er) guidelines apply. This has led to less challenging and adventurous play areas. At the same time, there is more demand for opportunities for risky play in a safe and at the same time challenging environment. An environment that meets the needs of children. To less defined play areas that encourage discovery. For managers, designers and urban planners, who are involved in the design of outdoor space, the challenge is to realize more opportunities for risky play.
Curious about how children can develop with risky play at your playground?
OUR TIPS FOR ADVENTURE PLAY AREAS
✓ Go for accessible play areas where children often come (central playground, schoolyard, childcare);
✓ Take into account the 4 human types ‘Energizers, Structure seekers, Builders and Observers‘
✓ Create a challenging landscape with height differences and plenty of greenery;
✓ Ensure that children can interpret and create the play options themselves;
✓ And make sure play options can vary by