Fall is in the Air: Observe, Explore, Document

The change in the temperature has signified that fall is upon us.  The crisp air and cooler temperatures bring significant observable changes outside.  A wonderful and common activity to do with children in the fall is to observe the changing … READ MORE

Observe the Creepy Crawlies of Autumn

As the weather begins to cool off, there are several bugs and insects that begin to swarm as they look for warmer places to be. How many of these have you seen in or around your playground?   Wooly bear … READ MORE

5 Myths About Sensory Play

First, what is sensory play? Sensory play is play that engages children in activities that stimulate one or more of their senses. This includes sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, and movement. It creates an opportunity for children to learn about … READ MORE

Explore Existential Intelligence and Nature

  One of my favorite nature advocates, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, explains the importance of children’s connections to nature below:   “Wonder is when you are 3-4 years old, you go out in your backyard, … READ MORE

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Spring is underway, and it’s a great time to be outside breathing the fresh air, feeling the warmth of the sun, listening to the birds sing, and seeing the beauty of the trees and flowers. What a great opportunity for … READ MORE

5 Best 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 what spring opportunities you can offer … READ MORE

Let It Go (Outside): 4 Frozen Playground Activities

   It’s too cold to be outside for long, but your preschool scientists can still explore properties of the cold, on the playground. Although most of the investigation can happen inside, each of these take a few minutes outdoors. Besides, … READ MORE

What Can Children Learn from Animal Tracks?

It is a special thrill when a child finds an animal track outside.  When you happen upon one, you realize you have discovered a visible clue: who came before us? where did they go? will they return? If you are … 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

Learning to Love Bugs

What do you do when you see bugs outside? My three-year-old used to shriek and try to step on every ant and run away from worms. Although many of us, as adults, often feel the same, taking the opportunity to … READ MORE