About Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson is a blog writer for The Adventurous Child Inc, a company that designs and sells outdoor playground equipment for children ages 6 months to 6 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from Western Michigan University and is certified to teach children in preschool, elementary school, and middle school. Most recently, Mary taught in the preschool classroom with children ages 3-5 years old. Before that, Mary was a substitute teacher in several elementary classrooms. She is an advocate of playing outdoors, learning through nature, providing hands on experiences, and encouraging wonder, inquiry, and discovery. Our focus is to provide outdoor playground equipment that meets each state’s Early Learning Standards and provides children with fun environments. Our passion is to help create outdoor classrooms that are learning places, just like the indoors—full of fun, play, and the ability to meet the state’s current Early Learning Standards.

International Mud Day

This Friday is International Mud Day!  This celebration began with groups of children in Nepal and Australia participating in fun filled day of playing in the mud.  Bishnu Bhatta and Gillian McAuliffe, who are part of the Nature Action Collaborative … READ MORE

Summer = Water Play!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 20th) is the official first day of summer!  I don’t know about you, but when I think summertime on the preschool playground, I think that it’s time for some serious water play! Below are some water play … READ MORE

Happy Father’s Day!

Thank you to all the great dads, uncles, grandpas, and other men who are positive influences in the lives of young children.  Young children benefit greatly from interactions with the male role models in their lives.  Two of the many … READ MORE

Building The Adventurous Child Creek

A few weeks ago,  we worked together with the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and Walnut Hills Cincinnati Early Learning Center (CELC) to build a small creek in their natural playscape.  We really wanted the children to be involved … READ MORE

Body-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Continuing our posts about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences applies to outdoor play… Another of Gardner’s intelligences that can be addressed outdoors on the preschool playground is the body-kinesthetic intelligence.  This intelligence includes the ability to use and … READ MORE