Plenty of Pumpkins

It is that time of the year when the weather begins to turn cooler, the leaves begin to give us a vibrate color display, and pumpkins are everywhere!  It is a great time to take advantage of this abundance of … READ MORE

Pandemic Impact on Young Children

Pandemic Impact on Young Children: A Survival Guide The impact this pandemic has afflicted onto families and their young children is extraordinary. With minimal social interaction and peer support, children are experiencing heightened loneliness and isolation. But don’t fear! This … READ MORE

How to Create a More Accessible Garden

Gardening creates so many opportunities for inquiring minds, and all children can benefit from working and learning in the garden. While there are many things to consider when planting a garden, one important aspect of your planning should include its … READ MORE

5 Life Skills Children Learn Through Gardening

Working in the garden creates a unique opportunity to introduce new or emerging life skills. Children are naturally curious about how the world works, and the garden is a perfect place to explore those curiosities. Help children get their hands … READ MORE

How to Learn and Relax with Chalk Art

Fun & Learning with Chalk Art As I sit down to write this blog, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone, including our children, have been cooped up, house bound and are dealing with major cabin fever. … READ MORE

Outside Time: Friend or Foe?

I have one question to ask: As an early education teacher, do you see outside time as a friend or foe? Wrangling coats, hats, gloves, and other articles of clothing for winter outdoor play takes half of the scheduled time … READ MORE

Reasons to Get Outside…Even When it’s Cold

Noses are running, fingers are numb, and it takes lots of time and patience to get everyone bundled up to go outside and play on the playground equipment. When you finally do get outside, everyone’s ready to come back inside … READ MORE

The 6 Best Ways to Learn & Play with Leaves

There are so many ways to get outside and enjoy the changing leaves – the colors and textures can be so much fun! Of course, who doesn’t love raking leaves into a big pile and jumping in them? But when … READ MORE

Fall is in the Air: Observe, Explore, Document

The change in the temperature has signified that fall is upon us.  The crisp air and cooler temperatures bring significant observable changes outside.  A wonderful and common activity to do with children in the fall is to observe the changing … READ MORE

Observe the Creepy Crawlies of Autumn

As the weather begins to cool off, there are several creepy crawlies, a.k.a. bugs and insects, that begin to swarm as they look for warmer places to be. How many of these have you seen in or around your playground? … READ MORE