Food for Thought

These quotes came from the late Jim Greenman. He was a Head Start teacher and director, author, and parent educator, who valued children’s vital need for play spaces: “It is a strange time. We live in an age when our … READ MORE

Water Fun

SPLASH! These hot days make me think about the pool… the ocean… even a jumping puddle would be nice! Sheila Milnes from Pennsylvania State University is a huge proponent of water play for children. She explains that water fun can … READ MORE

The Adventurous Child Digs In

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder … he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in. … READ MORE

Gardening Tips for Children

“The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil” – Rachel Carson   These summer days, full of ripened fruits and vegetables in the farmers’ markets and grocery stores, have us thinking about planting our own garden. … READ MORE

Gardening: Green, Fun, and Educational!

Home gardens are making a comeback in the United States. Everyone from the First Lady to moms, dads, and teachers on the home front are planting flowers, vegetables, and herbs. There are a lot of reasons for this. Partly, it’s … READ MORE

Music: Xylophone! (Part 4 of 4)

Recently, one of my co-workers was reminiscing about her musical toys as a child. She had a small xylophone about 12” long. It was the perfect size for her to play with by herself, but imagine if she’d wanted to … READ MORE

Music: Chimes (3 of 4)

Chimes are truly captivating. They may not be as familiar as drums or violins, but they still feature prominently in music. You may recognize their sound from the popular song “Carol of the Bells” or from the end credits of … READ MORE

Music: Drums! (Part 2 of 4)

Watch your children have fun with the drum set and drum panel. The drum set has three drums with varying lengths that produce contrasting bass tones. Hitting them in different orders creates an interesting lesson in sound differentiation. Long and … READ MORE

Music (Part 1 of 4)

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” ~ Plato ~ Music is all around us. The radio is on during your morning drive to work. In the wind … READ MORE

Fine Arts

Here at The Adventurous Child, we get really excited about learning. We get especially excited about the fine arts (think music, creative play, and visual arts) because they’re just so much fun! Who doesn’t have memories of finger painting, musical … READ MORE