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 for building educational foundations.  For instance, with musical instruments children are reinforcing sequencing and counting while learning to reproduce patterns and movement.  On an outdoor art easel, children at play are developing vocabulary, geometry, and building on concepts of shapes and colors.  These are just a few examples.  We would love for you to comment, and share some of the ways you see children learning on your playground.


We strive to create fun and informative content that will help young children learn and grow. However, it's important to keep in mind that all activities should be performed under the supervision of an adult. The Adventurous Child website is intended to serve as a reference and guidance for educational activities, and it is ultimately the responsibility of the parent, guardian, and/or educator to determine the appropriateness of the activity for their child’s age and maturity level. Thank you for your understanding and support!