Ramshackle (adjective Ä ram·shack·le Ä ram-sha-kəl Ä)

“poorly constructed or in a state of near collapse”.

RAMSHACKLE PLAY is recreating the historical foundations and process of play which fosters independent, player-led learning. It is unique and necessary by providing educators the opportunity to step back and see everything that they have built within their student’s play out. It grows positive social change, through exploration and discovery of play with materials typically seen as recycled or unusable. 

The result of RAMSHACKLE PLAY is a rich play environment that fosters connections across generations and through education for people of all abilities resulting in a resilient, responsible and ready demographic. Players explore, risk, discover, fail, create, and develop physically, cognitively, socially/emotionally, and collectively. RAMSHACKLE PLAY provides players with unique play situations where students of all ages regardless of ability can find their space to explore their play.

"Unstructured Play is the foundation of curiosity, diversity, empathy, executive skills, self-regulation, negotiation, adaptation, problem solving and resilience." - American Academy of Pediatrics

Ramshackle Play Outcomes:

Each Ramshackle Play educational experience builds capable individuals in an inclusive and multigenerational environment. It enhances knowledge and experience for everyone involved providing:

  • An equitable starting point.
  • Balancing risk and challenge.
  • Persistence and determination.
  • Independence and interdependence.
  • Self-determination and resilience.
  • Valuing of self and others.
  • Importance of community.
  • Recognition and celebration of unique ability and talent.

Ramshackle Play Builds Developmental  Assets:

These assets become our developmental building blocks. Through inclusive and multigenerational play opportunities, students will carry these assets forward into each life stage including; our educational pathway, our work experiences, and the balance of our personal life experiences. These developmental assets include:

  • Achievement Motivation
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Positive Values
  • Social Competencies
  • Positive Identity