Outdoor Playgrounds are Dynamic Social Environments
Playing children sometimes get into arguments about the rules of a game or sharing -- it's just part of learning how to be a social being. Sharing is easy and natural for some, and a big struggle for others. Anger is a real emotion, and it is a sign to stop the play and address before moving forward. Children can learn how to regulate their emotions on a playground, and caregivers play a critical role, as does effective playground design.
When children learn to control the anger in their play, and move past frustrations because they want to keep playing there's an opportunity for growth. The key is to find balance between moving on too soon, and making a big deal out of what's really a small disagreement. A crucial life skill is regulating our emotions to that is serves positive purposes. And this learning happens best in free play -- activities that kids invent and lead.
Miracle believes in outdoor playground design that encourages free play in a way that is safe and inclusive, supporting the development of the community and the individual. Go out and play!