Play Skills

How to set up an awesome backyard nature play area

Did you know children need secluded play for their development? A nature play area is a good way of answering these needs and helping them build independence, resilience and resourcefulness.

The orange experiment

In this video, Lukas Ritson and his daughter show us an experiment that illustrates why children need to be given real, multi-sensory play experiences.

Supporting independence with risky play

Lukas Ritson explains how letting children take risks and explore their boundaries is essential for their development and later sense of capability and self-fulfilment.

Building a kids’ sawhorse and sawing safely

 In this video, Lukas Ritson demonstrates how to build a sawhorse or kids and teach them to manage the risks of using a handsaw.

Saws and wood: The tools of play

 In this video, Lukas Ritson, loose parts and risky play expert, shows us how to help kids saw using a sawhorse, brace and handsaw, with some other tricks for reducing…

Making mud

Got water and a bit of dirt? Then, Lukas Ritson says, you’ve got an excellent opportunity for your kids to learn through play.

Building an outdoor cubby

 In this video, Lukas Ritson shows us how his kids are learning resourcefulness, self-reliance, independence and social skills through building an outdoor cubby with stuff from around the house.

The magic of wire for play

Having a material like soft twist tie wire available can open up a whole new world of play for your kids!

The benefits of mud play

Did you know that playing with mud has immune system and developmental benefits for kids, as well as being super fun? Lukas Ritson explains!

Making a hand scrub with kids

Making a hand scrub with kids helps build their cooking confidence and is a multi-sensory learning experience. And, parents get a hand scrub out of it! Lukas Ritson shows us…