Celebrate Screen-Free Week

April 30th through May 6th is Screen-Free Week and it’s not just school aged children who are getting too much screen time.  On average, preschoolers watch 32 hours of television every week and see 25,000 commercials.  Even infants are getting … READ MORE

Early Childhood Educators, It’s Your Time to Shine!

The week of April 22-28 is the NAEYC-sponsored celebration, The Week of the Young Child.  “The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to … READ MORE

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd.  What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to go outdoors and interact with nature on your preschool playground?  Here a few ways  to celebrate Earth Day with your preschool children: 1.  Gardening:  Get … READ MORE

Introducing Our New Blogger!

I would like to introduce our newest blogger and member of The Adventurous Child team, Mary Robertson.  Mary believes in the importance of providing young children with opportunities for outdoor play and the importance of encouraging wonder, inquiry, discovery, and … READ MORE

Young Children and Nature

Last week, Mary Rivkin and Nancy Rosenow, the authors of Spotlight on Young Children and Nature participated in an online National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) event. They answered questions about connecting young children with nature.  I … READ MORE

Spatial Intelligence

Welcome back as we continue our journey through Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and how it is used on the preschool playground.  This week, at the suggestion of one of our Facebook fans, I will discuss spatial intelligence. Spatial … READ MORE

Rockin’ Robins on the Preschool Playground (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I talked about some different projects children can do to take care of the birds on the preschool playground.  Now comes the next step, scientific observation!  How do the birds move?  What do they sound like?  What colors … READ MORE

Rockin’ Robins on the Preschool Playground (Part 1 of 2)

Having a class pet is a fun idea, but not always practical or allowed.  So, if you want your children to learn while taking care of an animal, you could take care of the animals on your preschool playground.  Now … READ MORE

The Naturalistic Intelligence

Earlier in the month I wrote about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.  Of the 8 intelligences proposed by Gardner, perhaps the first one that jumps out as being used on the preschool playground is the naturalistic intelligence.  Children who … READ MORE

Making Maps

Here at The Adventurous Child we make lots of site plans for preschool playgrounds.  We enjoy it and I bet your preschool children would too!  Take clipboards with blank paper outside so the children can make maps of their playground.  … READ MORE