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Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It

Children love to play with great heights, rapid speeds, dangerous tools, dangerous elements (e.g. fire), chasing and fighting, and getting lost (or nearly so). Why has the drive for such play evolved? What happens when children are deprived of such play? How dangerous, really, is such play? How does the danger compare with the danger of adult-directed sports?

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Free Play Is Essential for Normal Emotional Development

When young monkeys or rats are deprived of play, they fail to develop normal abilities to regulate their emotions. There is good reason to believe that the same is true of young humans.

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