Let’s Get Physical!

Most everyone would agree that playing outside as a child is fun- here at The Adventurous Child, we strongly support outdoor fun! What most people don’t know are the enormous benefits of physical activity- not only for adults, but children … READ MORE

Season of Gratitude

Take time this holiday season to pause and reflect on the beauty and wonder of this magnificent universe.  Daily go outside and feel the warmth of the sunshine on your skin.  Nightly go outside and look up at the sparkle … READ MORE

Take It Outside Week

Children Are Born To Be Outside and Wild – Not Stuck Inside and Mild -Amy Sussna Klein   This week, Oct. 16-22nd, is TAKE IT OUTSIDE WEEK sponsored by Head Start Body Start.  Time spent outdoors is an integral part … READ MORE

Learning on the Playground

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” I love this quote from author Diane Ackerman.  It always reminds me that time outside is valuable for so much more than simply burning off energy.  Preschool playground equipment offers  endless opportunities … READ MORE

Labor Day Off

  While some children might be excited about having a 3 day weekend, it is important to teach them why they won’t have school the first Monday in September.  Do they know what Labor Day is?  The last day to … READ MORE

Back to Recess

In our last entry, I talked about the importance of going back to school and hopping right into the educational side both in the indoor and outdoor classroom.  But we can’t soon forget what most people think of when they … READ MORE

Learning what Nature Teaches Us

“Nature play is child initiated and child directed.” This is a quote that I love from “The Real Benefits of Nature Play Every day” (Erickson & Ernst, 2011) It expresses how much children have to gain from free play outside.  … READ MORE

Back to School

Chalk dust! Art supplies! Curriculum! Recess! Yes, it time to head back to school. Whether classes have already started, or you have a few more weeks to prepare, now is a great time to think about your plans for the … READ MORE

Infants and Toddlers: Toddler Climber (Part 4 of 4)

As I mentioned recently, infants and toddlers need separate play areas from each other and from older children. Toddlers may be more ready for a playground that requires climbing (see below), but they still need manageable heights and closeness between … READ MORE

Infants and Toddlers: Infant Play Corner (Part 3 of 4)

According to “Babies on the Move” by Rae Pica in Young Children (July 2010), experiences and opportunities to move may be more important for infants than for older children. Here’s why: “… Beginning in infancy, physical movement plays a vital … READ MORE