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.

The Summer Olympics, Preschool Style (Part 2)

The Preschool Summer Olympics continued…. Now that the opening ceremony is complete, it’s time for the games!   The Games: Gymnastics – Lay out the mats and practice some tumbling. Boat Races – Set up sailboat/toy boat races down a … READ MORE

The Summer Olympics, Preschool Style (Part 1)

  The 2012 Summer Olympics have begun, so let’s get out the torch, flags, and medals and start the Preschool Olympic games outdoors on the preschool playground! The Opening Ceremony:   Torches:  First things first!  You need your Olympic torch.  … READ MORE

Linguistic 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 linguistic intelligence.  This intelligence has to do with spoken … READ MORE

Going on an Outdoor Color Hunt

There are many beautiful colors outdoors in the summertime!  Explore the colors with an outdoor color hunt.   First, take some time to go through some crayons.  The children can pick out a few of their favorite colors of crayons … READ MORE

Logical-Mathematical 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 and can flourish on the preschool playground is the logical-mathematical intelligence.  This intelligence has to … READ MORE

Making Flour Stars for The 4th of July

Looking for an Independence Day outdoor activity?  Try decorating the grass of your children’s outdoor play area with big patriotic flour stars. Materials: Piece of cardboard large enough for the star you would like to make Scissors Spray Bottle with … READ MORE

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