4 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

The promise of fireworks at night makes it challenging to keep your child busy during the day on the 4th of July. As a parent, it can be difficult to think of activities that are both fun and educational. After … READ MORE

The Power of Visual Storytelling

Can you remember your experiences as a young learner? If anything stands out, it might be your favorite picture books. You were likely a recipient of the gift of visual learning. You may even now have a tendency to prefer … READ MORE

Ways to Welcome Spring with Your Senses

Spring is upon us, and our senses will be barraged with the sights and sounds of the changing season. What a great time to explore the emergence of spring through our 5 senses!  Consider ways to welcome spring with these … READ MORE

Detecting Signs of Spring

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”   -Margaret Atwood It is that time of the year when the signs of spring are becoming visible.  What a great opportunity to have the children … READ MORE

Little Pumpkin Hide and Seek

Who doesn’t like hide and seek? Little Pumpkin likes hide and seek! Hide a little pumpkin somewhere on the playground. Have the children turn around and face the other way, because closing their eyes and not peeking may be just … READ MORE

Outdoor Easter Activities for Preschoolers

Get the children hopping with these outdoor Easter activities: 1.  Color Easter Eggs – Take this messy activity outdoors where egg dye spills are no big deal. 2.  Egg Relay Race – Use your colorful Easter eggs for a relay … READ MORE

Too Much Sitting Contributes to Childhood Obesity

In a recent article, Richard Louv writes “But at other schools, too many students spend most of their time sitting. At their desks, in front of computers, taking tests, sitting in schools where recess and gym class have been restricted or … READ MORE

Have You Heard of This Old Gardening Tradition?

In Sharon Lovejoy’s book Hollyhock Days, she writes “Sow sweet peas on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.  It’s one of those old wives’ tales.” The practice of planting sweet peas on St. Patrick’s day comes from an old Irish gardening … READ MORE

3 Rules for Being a Good Naturalist

In Discovering Nature with Young Children, Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth list 3 things to keep in mind when discussing how to be a good naturalist. 1)      “Stay safe (such as what can be touched, what should be avoided)” Child … READ MORE

New Product Release: Natural Obstacle Course

We are working on putting several new products up on our website.  One of our new products for the natural preschool playground is the Obstacle Course which we have designed using all natural materials – Logs, Stepping Stumps, Stepping Boulders, … READ MORE