Labor Day Off

  While some children might be excited about having a 3 day weekend, it is important to teach them why they won’t have school the first Monday in September.  Do they know what Labor Day is?  The last day to … READ MORE

Learning Literacy on the Playground

Rae Pica writes in her 2010 article, “Linking Literacy and Movement,” that “stringing actions together to form sequences is similar to linking words to form sentences and eventually paragraphs.  Both require children to choose components that flow naturally.”  So true! … READ MORE

Back to Recess

In our last entry, I talked about the importance of going back to school and hopping right into the educational side both in the indoor and outdoor classroom.  But we can’t soon forget what most people think of when they … READ MORE

Learning what Nature Teaches Us

“Nature play is child initiated and child directed.” This is a quote that I love from “The Real Benefits of Nature Play Every day” (Erickson & Ernst, 2011) It expresses how much children have to gain from free play outside.  … READ MORE

Back to School

Chalk dust! Art supplies! Curriculum! Recess! Yes, it time to head back to school. Whether classes have already started, or you have a few more weeks to prepare, now is a great time to think about your plans for the … READ MORE

Family Fitness Challenge

Have you heard of the Family Fitness Challenge from USA Today?  They have a different challenge every week for families to get out and get active! The Adventurous Child understands how important it is for children to get all of … 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