Get Outside with a Book: “Not a Stick” by Antoinette Portis

How often are young children drawn to the sticks lying around the yard or playground? And how often do we tell them to put it down, watch out, be careful? The book Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis reminds us of the … READ MORE

Hidden Treasures

Winter seems to have taken an extra-long hold in my area.  We seem to get a few fleeting hours of nice weather between the cold and rain.  I took advantage of the few minutes of nice weather recently and went … READ MORE

I Can See Clearly Now…

The outdoors is a big open canvas for children. There are so many things to see, do, and hear when outside. Adding something as simple as DIY binoculars can help children focus on one aspect at a time. Materials Needed: … 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

Sensory Scavenger Hunt

How can we engage children in using their senses outdoors? Use a Sensory Scavenger Hunt! This can be something you try to search for all in one longer outdoor trip or keep it on hand for whenever you notice these … 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

The Playground Parade

Here comes the best playground parade ever! With all the great examples of parades throughout the month, now is a good time to put on your own playground parade! This is an activity that infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can all … READ MORE

Mr. Sun

I feel like I have been singing “Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden sun, please shine down on me!” The sun is shining and providing a good time to soak up some Vitamin D. The sun gives off serotonin that … READ MORE

Teaching the Subject Areas Through Outdoor Play

Math – Children practice math skills when counting rocks, making patterns with leaves, weighing how heavy a stone is, and sorting other natural materials into groups. Science – Children explore with science when growing plants, observing insects, dropping a ball … READ MORE

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences Overview

In case you missed our series about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences relates to outdoor learning on the preschool playground, below are links to each of our posts about the different intelligences. 1.  Introduction 2.  Naturalistic Intelligence 3.  … READ MORE