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.

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 Boards.  The Magnetic Board is a fun way to include some science exploration on the preschool playground.   We include magnetic gears with our Magnetic Board which the children … READ MORE

7 Outdoor Halloween Activities

Tomorrow is Halloween.  What a great time for outdoor play! 1.  Draw faces on pumpkins with paints or markers (use dry erase markers and draw faces over and over again). 2.  Practice woodworking by hammering nails or golf tees into … 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

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