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

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue discussing how Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences apply to learning in children’s outdoor play areas.  Another intelligence to encourage on the preschool playground is the intrapersonal intelligence.  This intelligence involves having a strong sense of self, … 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

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

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 … 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

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