Happy Gross

A neighbor’s tree fell in our yard.  Back-to-back storms quickly worked against the old, dead wood, and it came crashing down, toppling their fence, sprawling the tree across the entire width of our backyard. Nobody was hurt and there was … READ MORE

Sensory Scavenger Hunt

How can we engage children in using their senses outdoors? Use a Sensory Scavenger Hunt! This can be something you try to search for all in one longer outdoor trip or keep it on hand for whenever you notice these … 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

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

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

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

Not Just a Climber

We often hear about the importance of adjusting environments to children’s learning and behavior, but somehow that tends to stop at the door. We head out to the installed, immobile playgrounds and assume that’s just it. However, playgrounds are extensions … READ MORE

Mr. Sun

I feel like I have been singing “Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden sun, please shine down on me!” The sun is shining and providing a good time to soak up some Vitamin D. The sun gives off serotonin that … READ MORE

The Hole

“Wherever he saw a hole he always wanted to know the depth of it. To him this was important.” ― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth I was recently at my 8 year old son’s baseball game. … READ MORE