We always find that adults’ eyes light up when we ask them to tell us about the games they played when they were young. Whether it was in the playground or on the street, children always seemed to be busy playing. Play is the work of children; it prepares them for adult hood and our social living and working environments.
The importance of providing opportunities for children to play in an unstructured environment where they experience risk and challenge is being increasingly documented. Unfortunately, due to increased school pressures and more structured extra-curricular time, as well as the increased use of technology, children’s opportunities to play freely are being drastically reduced.
At Operation Play Outdoors we are passionate about providing children and young people with these opportunities and in supporting those who work with young people to understand how and why these play opportunities should be provided.
We can work with your organisation to design and deliver a series of play sessions that will enable your young people to develop invaluable life skills while simply playing. We will provide opportunities for; free, unstructured play, where imagination, investigation and discovery prevail; risky play, where assessing risk, understanding consequences and building resilience are key; group games where the young people are encouraged to take the lead, change the rules and gain ownership of a game they will then remember for years to come.
Our aim is to empower young people and leave them and your staff with the tools and motivation to continue playing long after you’ve been out to play with Operation Play Outdoors.