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Free-Range Playgrounds Let Kids Manage Their Own Risk

Free-range public playgrounds are emerging as an alternative to structured play dates, allowing school-aged kids a space to play — really play.

Pre-K teacher Josefina Pineda teaches her students the concept of "push" by having them join hands and push back and forth i…

Free-range public playgrounds are emerging as an alternative to structured play dates, allowing school-aged kids a space to play — really play. Such parks feature recycled materials, as well as plenty of dirt and tools for bringing structural and artistic ideas to life. Although there are only a few in the United States, there are many more in Europe, and developmental psychologists call the “managed risk” a critical part of childhood learning. (NPR)

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