This accessible and focused text for early childhood studies and early years students takes the reader through a detailed exploration of the nature of play. It begins by examining definitions of play and supports students to understand some of the key concepts of play. It goes on to consider the benefits of play, creativity and risk and the contexts for play. The final section considers children's rights and the adult role in the facilitation of play. Interactive activities and theory focus features are included throughout, helping students to arrive at an understanding of their own practice in relation to play.

Play, Creativity and Risk

Play, creativity and risk

Through reading this chapter, you will:

  • find out more about concepts of creativity and possibility thinking in early childhood and beyond;
  • explore both the emotional impacts of play (the desire for exhilaration) and the risky aspects that result;
  • consider the meaning and implications of deep play;
  • discover more about concepts of risk and risk benefit analysis, creativity and possibility thinking, and make links with relevant observed play behaviours.

The chapter will also have exercises to help readers to consider their perspective on risk, emotion and creativity.


At first glance this chapter may appear to be considering three concepts that are not entirely related. You may be wondering about the leap from creativity to risk. We have already considered how play is sometimes about ...

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