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

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

Make the JUMP! (Part 2 of 2)

Last time I talked about big body play and how it helps children exercise their bodies and social-emotional skills. Children are also exercising their brains as they use outdoor big body play to interact with the world around them and … READ MORE

Make the JUMP! (Part 1 of 2)

While watching a presentation on outdoor play, the presenter showed us two pictures side by side.  One picture was a child playing a video game where a digital character was jumping over logs.  The other picture was a child outside … READ MORE

Learning to Heal through Play: Natural Healing (3 of 3)

“A more naturalized outdoor space can provide an alternative to the playground for traumatized children that allows them to move in ways that heal: walking or running on pathways through plantings, or dancing to soothing sounds made by rain sticks … READ MORE

Safety v. Risk Taking on the Playground

I came across an article in the New York Times that was questioning if today’s playgrounds were too safe.  In his article, “Today’s playgrounds may be too safe, critics warn,” John Tierney writes safer “playgrounds may stunt emotional development, leaving … READ MORE

Learning to Heal Through Play: Moving to Heal (2 of 3)

“Moving to heal” can be quite literal.  Children can become frozen by traumatic events and need to partake in physically strenuous acts to help them unload all of the emotions that have been holding them in place.  In many of … READ MORE

Sock Gardens

Have left over, mismatched socks?  Don’t throw them away!  Instead, use them for a fun and creative sock garden.  This is an activity that the tiniest of feet can participate in. To do so, this is what you’ll need: – … READ MORE

Learning to Heal Through Play (1 of 3)

We often write and read about all of the educational benefits children gain through play; the ELS that they are mastering on the playground.  Recently I read an article entitled “hope and healing for children affected by domestic violence” and … READ MORE

Learn about Giving Gifts from the Garden

Early Learning Standards require that our children use their five senses to investigate the environment and to gather information. Using their senses, you can teach them about nature and give them something simple to bring home as well.  Children love … READ MORE