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.

Build-A-Creek, Part 1

One of our newest products, the Build-A-Creek is a kit that comes with all the materials you need to make your own creek for your natural playscape.   In addition to all materials, we supply directions describing how the children can … READ MORE

How to Make a Nature Viewing Window

Making a Nature Viewing Window is a simple way for your children to take a closer look at nature.  Fold a piece of paper in half and cut out a shape (in the pictures below everyone chose a rectangle, but … READ MORE

Teaching the Subject Areas Through Outdoor Play

Math – Children practice math skills when counting rocks, making patterns with leaves, weighing how heavy a stone is, and sorting other natural materials into groups. Science – Children explore with science when growing plants, observing insects, dropping a ball … READ MORE

7 Activities Using Fall Leaves

The leaves here haven’t started changing colors yet, but the first day of Fall was this past Saturday, September 22nd, so I thought why not start thinking about some fun Fall leaves activities? Leaf Collecting – Collect beautiful Fall leaves … READ MORE

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences Overview

In case you missed our series about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences relates to outdoor learning on the preschool playground, below are links to each of our posts about the different intelligences. 1.  Introduction 2.  Naturalistic Intelligence 3.  … READ MORE

Grandparents Day

Grandparent’s Day was this past Sunday, did you do anything special to celebrate your students’ grandparents?   The other day as I was reflecting on outdoor play and Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods I found myself thinking about … READ MORE

Existential Intelligence

Welcome to our last post in our series about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences relates to outdoor learning.  The intelligence I will discuss here is sometimes called Existential intelligence.  This intelligence is not officially part of Gardner’s list … READ MORE

Celebrating Labor Day in Preschool

Labor Day is a good time for children to learn about community helpers and working together.  Popular helpers include police officers, fire fighters, doctors, and teachers.  During outdoor playground time, why not talk about the many people who work in … READ MORE

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue discussing how Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences apply to learning in children’s outdoor play areas.  Another intelligence to encourage on the preschool playground is the intrapersonal intelligence.  This intelligence involves having a strong sense of self, … READ MORE

Interpersonal Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue discussing how Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences apply to learning in children’s outdoor play areas.  Another intelligence that can be encouraged on the preschool playground is the interpersonal intelligence.  This intelligence involves learning to work with … READ MORE