Teaching the Subject Areas Through Outdoor Play

Math – Children practice math skills when counting rocks, making patterns with leaves, weighing how heavy a stone is, and sorting other natural materials into groups. Science – Children explore with science when growing plants, observing insects, dropping a ball … READ MORE

The Theory of Multiple Intelligences Overview

In case you missed our series about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences relates to outdoor learning on the preschool playground, below are links to each of our posts about the different intelligences. 1.  Introduction 2.  Naturalistic Intelligence 3.  … READ MORE

Existential Intelligence

Welcome to our last post in our series about how Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences relates to outdoor learning.  The intelligence I will discuss here is sometimes called Existential intelligence.  This intelligence is not officially part of Gardner’s list … READ MORE

Celebrating Labor Day in Preschool

Labor Day is a good time for children to learn about community helpers and working together.  Popular helpers include police officers, fire fighters, doctors, and teachers.  During outdoor playground time, why not talk about the many people who work in … READ MORE

Interpersonal 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 on the preschool playground is the interpersonal intelligence.  This intelligence involves learning to work with … READ MORE

The Summer Olympics, Preschool Style (Part 2)

The Preschool Olympic games continued…. Now that the opening ceremony is complete, it’s time for the games!   The Games: Gymnastics – Lay out the mats and practice some tumbling. Boat Races – Set up sailboat/toy boat races down a … READ MORE

The Summer Olympics, Preschool Style (Part 1)

  The 2012 Summer Olympics have begun, so let’s get out the torch, flags, and medals and start the Preschool Olympic games outdoors on the preschool playground! The Opening Ceremony:   Torches:  First things first!  You need your Olympic torch.  … 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

Happy Father’s Day!

Thank you to all the great dads, uncles, grandpas, and other men who are positive influences in the lives of young children.  Young children benefit greatly from interactions with the male role models in their lives.  Two of the many … READ MORE

Celebrating Memorial Day with Young Children

Memorial Day was created after the American Civil War to honor the soldiers who had passed away.  Then, it was called Decoration Day because people would decorate the resting places of soldiers.  There are many ways to celebrate this holiday … READ MORE