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We’re working hard to shift the conversation regarding child safety to include risk as a conduit for learning, rather than a situation that must be avoided. When adults who design childhood play spaces have the ability to assess risk and see risk as a benefit, children become competent risk takers and better understand through experience how to keep themselves safe. For more discussion on the topic of risk assessment see Tim Gill’s thought provoking blog Playgrounds that rip up the safety rules.

A safe person is not someone who abstains from risk, but rather a person who can assess risk and decide what they are physically and emotionally capable of. Risk is not synonymous with danger, although a person who does not have the opportunity to experience risk, and internalize that experience, will not have the tools they need when they do encounter real danger.

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Improvisation

Improvisation
When you’re not quite sure what to do… (the) play’s the thing!
How taking risks on stage can help children gain confidence and find their voice.

Standing on the stage I felt this incredible sense of confidence, of power, of yes! I can do this! I will never forget that feeling–of just playing, of being exactly right-there in the moment, thinking on my feet, freeing my imagination, risk-taking…

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Playful morning

Playful morning
How Sunflower Creative Arts Artistic Director, Susan Caruso, remembers play…

I reach in my pocket and feel something crunchy. I’m surprised by a handful of leaves, once beautiful examples to look up in my tree guide, now a crumble of crunch. I have to smile. My 4-year-old self leads the way on walks these days!…

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Playing with Trees

Playing with Trees
Sunflower Creative Arts Artistic Director, Susan Caruso, is more than a little infatuated with trees. What’s YOUR passion!?

Remember playing with an idea, a game, or a topic with this kind of passion? Remember when you were a kid and got totally “into” so many things when you had the time? How many of those things are still a part of your life? How many of those things are your life?

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