Take Art Outside! Hunt for Textures

In art classes, students experiment with different mediums and textures. They can use markers, pens, crayons, paint, glue, paper, and chalk to create something new. A great way to help preschoolers explore texture is to take the class outside for … READ MORE

How to Learn and Relax 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. The one outlet my family and … READ MORE

Explore Musical Intelligence

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”  – Jules Combarieu Many years ago, I had a boy in my program who loved to dump out the toys in the bins, turn the bins over, and drum to his heart’s … READ MORE

How to Create Music Using the Gifts of Nature

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…” There’s no need to be California Dreamin’ because we can create our own music on the playground! You can explore percussion materials by finding natural playground objects with which to … READ MORE

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  A fun Thanksgiving activity to do with your preschoolers this week is to make a centerpiece or wreath.  Take the children outside to gather natural items such as colorful fall leaves, acorns, twigs, pine cones, etc.  If you’d … READ MORE

Exploring Art on the Preschool Playground

At many preschools, art is an indoor activity… a messy indoor activity.  Some mess in preschool is a good thing, but when you have an art project that could cause a lot of mess, why not bring the project outdoors? … 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

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

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