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

Rockin’ Robins on the Preschool Playground (Part 1 of 2)

Having a class pet is a fun idea, but not always practical or allowed.  So, if you want your children to learn while taking care of an animal, you could take care of the animals on your preschool playground.  Now … READ MORE

The Naturalistic Intelligence

Earlier in the month I wrote about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.  Of the 8 intelligences proposed by Gardner, perhaps the first one that jumps out as being used on the preschool playground is the naturalistic intelligence.  Children who … READ MORE

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

The developmental psychologist Howard Gardner created the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983 as a model that proposes the existence of many different intelligences instead of just one single entity called intelligence.  The theory suggests that there are 8 main intelligences … READ MORE

Valentines Day Bubble Art

Looking for some fun activities to do on the preschool playground for Valentines Day?  Try making some Valentine Bubble Art!  First, bend some craft wire or old wire coat hangers into heart shapes.  These become your special Valentines Day bubble … READ MORE

Learning in the Snow

With temperatures dropping, it is a perfect time for children to expand their knowledge and awareness of winter weather. Take this winter season as an opportunity to do an investigative study of the weather with the children. Collect and measure … READ MORE

Cold Weather Tips for the Outdoor Classroom

Winter is upon us in most of the country, and with it comes much colder weather and a reluctance to take the children outdoors.  At The Adventurous Child, we know it’s important and beneficial to utilize your preschool playground in … READ MORE

Healthy Kids Outdoors Act

Earlier this month, members of Congress introduced House and Senate versions of the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act.  This new law supports state, local, and federal strategies to connect youth and families with the natural world. All with an eye toward … READ MORE

Restorative Properties of Nature

“The exposure to nature restores our cognitive functions, enabling us to concentrate better.” ~ Stephen Mayer, professor of psychology at Oberlin University. In September, we talked about school starting and getting back into the educational aspects of the indoor and … READ MORE