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Adventure playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risks and challenge the notion that child play needs to be perfectly safe and free from all potential harm. One community in North Wales gets us thinking about the nature and purpose of play as it gives children permission to play with the things that are available to them in a space that resembles a junk yard as much as a playground.


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  • Read about the value of wild, risky play. 
  • Learn about a "junk playground" in New York City.
  • Consider your reactions to the concept of adventure playgrounds and their potential risks. Can you see benefits to this kind of play?

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