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.

Happy Holidays!

We hope that you had a wonderful holiday season full of family and friends. Thank you so much for allowing The Adventurous Child to be a part of your lives this year. We look forward to serving you and your preschool … READ MORE

4 Outdoor Art Projects for the Holidays

1.  Pine Cone Christmas Trees – Collect pine cones from the preschool playground and place them with the small end up.  Paint the pine cone green and glue colorful puff balls on as ornaments. 2.  Holiday Wreath – Collect snips … READ MORE

Outdoor Weather Station for Preschoolers

As we continue through the month of December, we can feel the seasons changing from fall to winter.  In preschool, where weather is always an interesting topic of study, it’s a great time to observe the changing weather.  And why … READ MORE

Preschool Playground Helpers

Inside the preschool classroom, teachers often assign classroom helpers to assist in the daily activities of the classroom.  Such jobs may include line leader, line caboose, breakfast helper, lunch helper, snack helper, toy detective, meteorologist, electrician (to turn the lights … READ MORE

Jump, Hop, and Rock!

Jump, hop, and rock on the preschool playground with natural playscape products like Tree Cookies, Stepping Stumps, and Stepping Boulders.  Children develop balance, agility, body awareness, and gross motor skills as they travel from cookie to cookie, stump to stump, … READ MORE

Happy Thanksgiving!

Looking for a fun activity to do in the children’s outdoor play area to celebrate Thanksgiving?  Try making a Thanksgiving table centerpiece with objects found outdoors in a natural playscape.  Fill a basket with the natural items or purchase a … READ MORE

Benefits of Natural Playscapes

Studies have been popping up all over about the benefits of interacting with nature.  In 2008, research at the University of Michigan showed that after an hour spent in nature, people’s memory abilities and attention spans improved by 20%.  At … READ MORE

Introducing a New Product: The Magnetic Board

We would like to introduce our new outdoor learning equipment – the Magnetic Board is a fun way to include some science exploration on the preschool playground.   We include magnetic gears which the children can place together and by turning … READ MORE

Outdoor Halloween Activities

Tomorrow is Halloween.  What a great time for outdoor play! Try these outdoor Halloween activities with your family. 1.  Draw faces on pumpkins with paints or markers (use dry erase markers and draw faces over and over again). 2.  Practice … READ MORE

Woodworking with Pumpkins?

Would you like to introduce woodworking into your preschool’s curriculum?  Woodworking is a great way for children to learn about math, construction, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.  The perfect time to introduce woodworking outdoors on the natural preschool playground … READ MORE