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

Cold Weather Tips for the Outdoor Classroom

Winter is upon us in most of the country, and with it comes much colder weather and a reluctance to take the children outdoors.  At The Adventurous Child, we know it’s important and beneficial to utilize your preschool playground in … READ MORE

Play Outdoors: Have Fun, Stay Healthy

At The Adventurous Child, we’re proud to promote the educational benefits of outdoor play.  We also appreciate all the physical benefits children receive from their time on the preschool playground.  Research shows (Fjortoft 2004; Burdette and Whitaker 2005) children who … READ MORE

Happy Halloween

Halloween is always a fun and exciting holiday for children.  It is an opportunity to live out a fantasy as a favorite animal or character and really cut loose with friends and family.  And all this is before being allowed … READ MORE

Learning to Heal through Play: Natural Healing (3 of 3)

“A more naturalized outdoor space can provide an alternative to the playground for traumatized children that allows them to move in ways that heal: walking or running on pathways through plantings, or dancing to soothing sounds made by rain sticks … READ MORE

Safety v. Risk Taking on the Playground

I came across an article in the New York Times that was questioning if today’s playgrounds were too safe.  In his article, “Today’s playgrounds may be too safe, critics warn,” John Tierney writes safer “playgrounds may stunt emotional development, leaving … READ MORE

Learning to Heal Through Play (1 of 3)

We often write and read about all of the educational benefits children gain through play; the ELS that they are mastering on the playground.  Recently I read an article entitled “hope and healing for children affected by domestic violence” and … READ MORE

Learning more about Healthy Eating in the Garden

The next types of gardens that we will highlight are vegetable and fruit gardens.  In a previous blog post, Learn Healthy Eating in the Garden, we highlighted the benefits of giving children the tools to plant, grow and harvest nutritional … READ MORE

Physical Activity for Children

The American Heart Association’s stance on physical inactivity is that it: “is a major risk factor for developing coronary artery disease. It also increases the risk of stroke and such other major cardiovascular risk factors as obesity, high blood pressure, … READ MORE

Cycling Fun!

Summertime offers an abundance of opportunities: water fun, outdoor play, barbeques, fireworks, and more. What else is ubiquitous in the summertime? Tricycle riding! It is fun, it is inexpensive (once you’ve purchased your cycle), it is “green,” and it makes … READ MORE