Introducing Our New Blogger!

I would like to introduce our newest blogger and member of The Adventurous Child team, Mary Robertson.  Mary believes in the importance of providing young children with opportunities for outdoor play and the importance of encouraging wonder, inquiry, discovery, and … READ MORE

Spatial Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue our journey through Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and how it is used on the preschool playground.  This week, at the suggestion of one of our Facebook fans, I will discuss spatial intelligence. Spatial … READ MORE

The Naturalistic Intelligence

Earlier in the month I wrote about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.  Of the 8 intelligences proposed by Gardner, perhaps the first one that jumps out as being used on the preschool playground is the naturalistic intelligence.  Children who … READ MORE

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

The developmental psychologist Howard Gardner created the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983 as a model that proposes the existence of many different intelligences instead of just one single entity called intelligence.  The theory suggests that there are 8 main intelligences … READ MORE

Make the JUMP! (Part 2 of 2)

Last time I talked about big body play and how it helps children exercise their bodies and social-emotional skills. Children are also exercising their brains as they use outdoor big body play to interact with the world around them and … READ MORE

Make the JUMP! (Part 1 of 2)

While watching a presentation on outdoor play, the presenter showed us two pictures side by side.  One picture was a child playing a video game where a digital character was jumping over logs.  The other picture was a child outside … READ MORE

Learning in the Snow

With temperatures dropping, it is a perfect time for children to expand their knowledge and awareness of winter weather. Take this winter season as an opportunity to do an investigative study of the weather with the children by collecting and … READ MORE

Season of Gratitude

Take time this holiday season to pause and reflect on the beauty and wonder of this magnificent universe.  Daily go outside and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your skin.  Nightly go outside and look up at the sparkle … READ MORE

Restorative Properties of Nature

“The exposure to nature restores our cognitive functions, enabling us to concentrate better.” ~Stephen Mayer, professor of psychology at Oberlin University. In September, we talked about the start of school and getting back into the educational aspects of the indoor … READ MORE

Children and Conservation

Most of us didn’t start to learn the importance of conservation until we were adults: the idea of conservation was still new when we were children, and climate change was practically unheard of.  But now that we understand its importance, … READ MORE