7 Outdoor Halloween Activities

Tomorrow is Halloween.  What a great time for outdoor play! 1.  Draw faces on pumpkins with paints or markers (use dry erase markers and draw faces over and over again). 2.  Practice woodworking by hammering nails or golf tees into … READ MORE

Woodworking with Pumpkins?

Would you like to introduce woodworking into your preschool’s curriculum?  Woodworking is a great way for children to learn about math, construction, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination.  The perfect time to introduce woodworking outdoors on the natural preschool playground … READ MORE

Build-A-Creek, Part 1

One of our newest products, the Build-A-Creek is a kit that comes with all the materials you need to make your own creek for your natural playscape.   In addition to all materials, we supply directions describing how the children can … READ MORE

How to Make a Nature Viewing Window

Making a Nature Viewing Window is a simple way for your children to take a closer look at nature.  Fold a piece of paper in half and cut out a shape (in the pictures below everyone chose a rectangle, but … READ MORE

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

7 Activities Using Fall Leaves

The leaves here haven’t started changing colors yet, but the first day of Fall was this past Saturday, September 22nd, so I thought why not start thinking about some fun Fall leaves activities?   Leaf Collecting – Collect beautiful Fall … 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

Grandparents Day

Grandparent’s Day was this past Sunday, did you do anything special to celebrate your students’ grandparents?   The other day as I was reflecting on outdoor play and Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods I found myself thinking about … 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