This thought-provoking read invites you to reconsider your automatic "no" when it comes to young children’s weapon play. It offers new perspectives on how weapon play and other risky or controversial play can provide opportunities for healing discussions—including around boundaries, kindness, and consent—and create positive learning experiences for children and teachers alike. Centered in an antiracist framework with applications across diverse communities, the book is written by two educators with unique lived experiences of community violence and safety who each share their perspectives on risky play, questions to consider, and strategies to try in the classroom. Aiming to inspire new ways of thinking, instead of trying to change your mind outright, this book asks deep questions to support you in carefully thinking about the kind of play allowed in your classroom. This book is an essential resource for early years teachers, practitioners, and anyone with a key interest in creating supportive spaces for young children.

chapter |6 pages


chapter 1|4 pages

Focusing on Self-Reflection

chapter 2|14 pages

Making a Connection to Child Development

chapter 3|24 pages

Defining Weapon Play

chapter 4|16 pages

Conversation, Kindness, and Consent

chapter 5|4 pages

Weapon Play in Your Community

chapter 6|8 pages

Weapon Play during Frightening Times

chapter 7|4 pages

So You're Uncomfortable

chapter 8|3 pages

The Importance of Connection

chapter 9|3 pages