Introducing Our New Blogger!

I would like to introduce our newest blogger and member of The Adventurous Child team, Mary Robertson.  Mary believes in the importance of providing young children with opportunities for outdoor play and the importance of encouraging wonder, inquiry, discovery, and … READ MORE

Young Children and Nature

Last week, Mary Rivkin and Nancy Rosenow, the authors of Spotlight on Young Children and Nature participated in an online National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) event. They answered questions about connecting young children with nature.  I … READ MORE

Spatial Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue our journey through Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and how it is used on the preschool playground.  This week, at the suggestion of one of our Facebook fans, I will discuss spatial intelligence. Spatial … READ MORE

Rockin’ Robins on the Preschool Playground (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I talked about some different projects children can do to take care of the birds on the preschool playground.  Now comes the next step, scientific observation!  How do the birds move?  What do they sound like?  What colors … READ MORE

Rockin’ Robins on the Preschool Playground (Part 1 of 2)

Having a class pet is a fun idea, but not always practical or allowed.  So, if you want your children to learn while taking care of an animal, you could take care of the animals on your preschool playground.  Now … READ MORE

The Naturalistic Intelligence

Earlier in the month I wrote about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.  Of the 8 intelligences proposed by Gardner, perhaps the first one that jumps out as being used on the preschool playground is the naturalistic intelligence.  Children who … READ MORE

Making Maps

Here at The Adventurous Child we make lots of site plans for preschool playgrounds.  We enjoy it and I bet your preschool children would too!  Take clipboards with blank paper outside so the children can make maps of their playground.  … READ MORE

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

The developmental psychologist Howard Gardner created the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983 as a model that proposes the existence of many different intelligences instead of just one single entity called intelligence.  The theory suggests that there are 8 main intelligences … READ MORE

Make the JUMP! (Part 2 of 2)

Last time I talked about big body play and how it helps children exercise their bodies and social-emotional skills. Children are also exercising their brains as they use outdoor big body play to interact with the world around them and … READ MORE

Make the JUMP! (Part 1 of 2)

While watching a presentation on outdoor play, the presenter showed us two pictures side by side.  One picture was a child playing a video game where a digital character was jumping over logs.  The other picture was a child outside … READ MORE