There’s nothing more we want than for our children to not only feel protected, but to be protected. With so many things going on in the world right now, from gun violence to wars to poverty, we need to realise just how lucky we are to live in the lucky country.
Something many clubs have been getting involved in is building a Safe Space for their members children. The idea sounds simple enough – it’s an area hidden away from the external dangers of the world where children are free to be children, without fear of something bad happening to them. This should be a human right for anyone.
What is in a safe space?
We spoke to Tom from Game Room Mania who gave us a quick rundown of the types of safe spaces he sees.
He is in the business of everything ‘game room worthy’ and he sees many people researching game tables to place in their safe space. This is because this is a place of not only safety, but fun! And the best way to have fun is by sharing the moment with other people.
The best air hockey table appears to get everyone in the mood for fun. Tom said this is the very reason he drafted his guide on air hockey tables – to help people have fun at a time when fun seems to be the last thing on their mind.
How can you create your safe space?
A games table is not a necessity for a safe space, it’s just one way to collaborate with others. Your games room can follow the KISS principles – Keep It Simple Stupid.
You can start with a simple deck of cards and a few dress up outfits. Kids love to dress up and use their imagination, and the cards will help them to think critically.
One thing we also did was build a castle from discarded milk cartons. This was a huge hit. All the kids helped to paint and each day, a different pair of kids became the king and the queen.
So get adventurous and start exploring options for your safe space today!