Cold Weather Fun!

When it’s really cold, it’s hard to get motivated to go outside. I am not a cold-weather person. I’d be happy never seeing snow again, and anything under 40 degrees is too chilly for me. However, the benefits to children … READ MORE

Snow Imprints

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. – Andy Goldsworthy A blanket of fresh fallen snow can be so peaceful.  The pristine snow evokes a feeling of endless possibilities. When I was young, I loved marking this blank … READ MORE

O Christmas Tree!

Did you happen to have evergreen in your home over the holidays? Whether it was a tree, a wreath, garlands, or something else, they don’t have to be put out for garbage pick up. Get outdoors with your children and … READ MORE

Winter Wonderland Circus/Carnival Fun

Come one, come all to the winter wonderland playground carnival fun! Yes, it is getting cold outside, but with these quick carnival games, outdoor play can still be an option. Despite having a snow or rain covered playground, you can … READ MORE

Seed Bombs

In the fall, many plants start dropping their seeds, so now is a great time to head outside to collect and prepare seeds for growing in the spring. Take a bucket or bag with you on nature walks, and have … READ MORE

Unbe-leaf-able Leaf Activities

With Fall now being in full swing, there are plenty of leaves to go around. To take advantage of the numerous leaves that are now starting to fall to the ground, there are many leaf activities that the children can … READ MORE

Nature’s Fidget Spinner

Even if you don’t have one in your home, you’d be hard pressed to not know about the fidget spinner craze. But instead of running out the door, jumping in your car, and speeding off to the nearest store selling … READ MORE

The Sandbox, Part 2

In part one of The Sandbox I reflected on how open-ended sand is.  Because of this, the type of materials offered, and the way the materials are presented will set the stage for sand exploration.  Traditional sand toys typically include … READ MORE

Rain, Please Don’t Go Away!

As educators, a rainy day is not always a good thing. We feel like we can’t take the children outside and let them play or explore. The things that come to mind are wet children, puddles, mud, wet playgrounds. Why … READ MORE

The Sandbox, Part 1

If you have ever been to the beach then you have witnessed the allure of sand.  People young and old are digging, building and playing in the sand. Sand is naturally intriguing due to its open-ended qualities.  Every grain of … READ MORE