Children are naturally born risk takers, as it enables them to navigate in the world and support their development. Think of a baby beginning to walk; In the beginning they determine the risk as they use furniture and other supports to aid their walking, building their confidence and development the more they practice. They repeat the experience again and again and again, until they master those first few steps. They naturally take the risk to stand and wobble and then finally begin to move one foot in front of the other. The sense of achievement is huge and is celebrated and shared to all.
This same desire to risk take continues as children grow, they want to engage in risky play as it enhances body awareness, confidence, resilience and critical thinking. It is fun, thrilling and the sense of achievement is huge when they finally figure out how to master the movement or have taken that leap of faith. But just like when they are learning to walk, they start with supports, holding a hand, using materials around them, climbing to the first rung, then the second. It is progress, hard work and determination over time that allows them to then finally jump from that great height, or climb up the slide or use the hand tools safely. Time is what allows children to engage in risky play safely.