Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue discussing how Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences apply to learning in children’s outdoor play areas.  Another intelligence that can be encouraged and can flourish on the preschool playground is the logical-mathematical intelligence.  This intelligence has to … READ MORE

Making Flour Stars for The 4th of July

Looking for an Independence Day outdoor activity?  Try decorating the grass of your children’s outdoor play area with big patriotic flour stars. Materials: Piece of cardboard large enough for the star you would like to make Scissors Spray Bottle with … READ MORE

International Mud Day

This Friday is International Mud Day!  This celebration began with groups of children in Nepal and Australia participating in fun filled day of playing in the mud.  Bishnu Bhatta and Gillian McAuliffe, who are part of the Nature Action Collaborative … READ MORE

Summer = Water Play!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 20th) is the official first day of summer!  I don’t know about you, but when I think summertime on the preschool playground, I think that it’s time for some serious water play! Below are some water play … READ MORE

Building The Adventurous Child Creek

A few weeks ago,  we worked together with the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati and Walnut Hills Cincinnati Early Learning Center (CELC) to build a small creek in their natural playscape.  We really wanted the children to be involved … READ MORE

Body-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Continuing our posts about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences applies to outdoor play… Another of Gardner’s intelligences that can be addressed outdoors on the preschool playground is the body-kinesthetic intelligence.  This intelligence includes the ability to use and … READ MORE

5 Outdoor Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th.  Do you have any Mother’s Day activities planned for your preschool children?  Here are some ideas we thought of for celebrating this special holiday outdoors on the preschool playground. 1. Have a Picnic – … READ MORE

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd.  What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to go outdoors and interact with nature on your preschool playground?  Here a few ways  to celebrate Earth Day with your preschool children: 1.  Gardening:  Get … READ MORE

Young Children and Nature

Last week, Mary Rivkin and Nancy Rosenow, the authors of Spotlight on Young Children and Nature participated in an online National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) event. They answered questions about connecting young children with nature.  I … READ MORE

Rockin’ Robins on the Preschool Playground (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I talked about some different projects children can do to take care of the birds on the preschool playground.  Now comes the next step, scientific observation!  How do the birds move?  What do they sound like?  What colors … READ MORE