About John Spears

Meet John, an enthusiastic writer who brings a unique perspective to our blog. John's passion for outdoor play was sparked during his childhood, when he spent countless hours exploring his own backyard. His approach encourages children to embrace their curiosity, and inspires parents, caregivers, and educators to use the power of nature in children's development. John is excited to contribute to the invaluable journey of early education and contribute to the ever-evolving conversation on outdoor play.

Ways to Encourage Children to Follow Directions

Encouraging children to follow directions is a fundamental aspect of early education. Not only does it help them develop essential life skills, but it also cultivates discipline and fosters a sense of responsibility. Here are five engaging strategies to inspire … READ MORE

Water and Sand Table Activities

Water and sand tables are two of the most popular play activities for preschoolers, and it’s not hard to see why. They’re fun, interactive and provide endless opportunities for exploration and learning. Here are some ideas for water and sand … READ MORE

Adding Circle Time to Your Outdoor Classroom

Circle Time is a valuable way to promote social and emotional skills, literacy, and language development in young children. In this group activity, children sit in a circle and participate in structured activities like singing songs, reading books, playing games, … READ MORE

Valentine’s Day Ideas for the Playground

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we believe it’s the perfect time to add a touch of love and creativity to your play spaces. In this article, we will share some exciting Valentine’s Day ideas that will not only engage children but … READ MORE

Fun, Learning & Creativity on Opposite Day

At The Adventurous Child, we believe in creating unique and engaging experiences for children, and what better way to celebrate Opposite Day than in the great outdoors? January 25th is fast approaching, and with it comes an occasion filled with … READ MORE

Winter Wonderland Math: Counting Activities

Winter is a magical season filled with frosty fun and plenty of opportunities to incorporate math into early education. Engaging preschoolers in winter-themed math and counting activities not only helps them develop essential mathematical skills but also enhances their problem-solving … READ MORE

Music and Movement for Your Winter Curriculum

  Put simply, winter is a magical season. Not to mention, it offers numerous opportunities for children to engage in music and movement activities. Integrating these elements into an early education curriculum can enhance the learning experience and foster development … READ MORE

Fall Activities for Preschoolers

Autumn is a wonderful time of year, filled with crunchy leaves, cool breezes, and harvests of delicious produce. The Adventurous Child believes fall is a perfect season for engaging in outdoor activities that help preschoolers connect with nature and develop … READ MORE

A Guide to Mastering Playground Storage

Playgrounds are essential components of any school or care center. They provide children with the opportunity to play, exercise and develop their social skills. However, one common dilemma that school, daycare and park administrators face is storage. With so many … READ MORE

Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Activities

As the spooky season approaches, outdoor activities can get the little ones excited. Halloween can be a fun, novel holiday for young children — it certainly doesn’t have to be scary or frightening! These outdoor Halloween activities are perfect for … READ MORE