Mud: A Renewable Resource

What is the one outdoor activity that every child loves (even if Mom doesn’t always agree)? Playing in the mud, of course! As we can all remember from our own childhoods, mud is that ever present, ever moldable toy that … READ MORE

Learning in Autumn

Take advantage of the last of the nice fall weather before the cool sets in.  Children will love to go on a nature hike and discover new bugs and plants with magnifying glasses.  Children enjoy using mirrors to see all sides of an object … 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

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

Sock Gardens

Have left over, mismatched socks?  Don’t throw them away!  Instead, use them for a fun and creative sock garden.  This is an activity that the tiniest of feet can participate in. To do so, this is what you’ll need: – … READ MORE

Assessment is Integrative

Here at The Adventurous Child, we’ve been on a kick about assessment lately. Check this quote out: “Assessment is an integrative process…. Learning is personal, active, and genuine; discovery invites mastery and empowerment; delight feeds passion and a quest for … READ MORE

Flower Gardens

Having a flower garden will brighten up your play space and give something for the children to gather around.  The Adventurous Child’s Mini Gardens are great for this.  Choose a type of flower to go in each garden (they come … READ MORE

Learn about Giving Gifts from the Garden

Early Learning Standards require that our children use their five senses to investigate the environment and to gather information. Using their senses, you can teach them about nature and give them something simple to bring home as well.  Children love … READ MORE

Learn about Herbs in the Garden

When gardening with children, you have many different options; there’s a vegetable, fruit, flower, and herb garden.  Which of these sounds like the most fun to you?  We will take a look at the benefits of each type of these … READ MORE

Learning about Time Continuity and Change: Home for the Summer

Does your child attend a preschool that breaks for the summer time?  If so, this is a great time for them to learn the concepts of months and weeks.  Early Learning Standards require that our children learn about physical systems. … READ MORE