Examining opportunities for risky play in preschool outdoor play areas

Cetken-Aktas S., SEVİMLİ ÇELİK S.

International Journal of Play, vol.10, no.3, pp.285-301, 2021 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/21594937.2021.1959227
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Play
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.285-301
  • Keywords: Early childhood, risky play, preschool playgrounds, design, outdoor play, ACTIVE PLAY, CHILDREN
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.The aim of this study was to examine the opportunities for risky play that were present in six observed preschool outdoor play areas. Field observations were made in each play area based on the risky play categories. It was revealed that great heights and high speed were the most frequently observed risky play categories. However, the presence of these observed categories does not guarantee children engaged in quality play. Due to safety concerns or other restrictions, there were a very limited number of opportunities for risky play exhibited in the play areas of the current study. Therefore, designing play areas where children have a greater number of opportunities for more risky play experiences is necessary. Informing educators, school administrators, and policy makers about their role in providing such play environments could also improve their awareness and understanding of the importance and need for allowing children to engage in risky play.