The Sandbox, Part 1

If you have ever been to the beach then you have witnessed the allure of sand.  People young and old are digging, building and playing in the sand. Sand is naturally intriguing due to its open-ended qualities.  Every grain of … READ MORE

Summer Playground Safety

The sun is shining and children cannot wait to get outside and play! Even beautiful weather can create a few hazards, however, so it is a good idea to make sure everything is looked over. As the temperatures increase, playground … READ MORE

Bike Wash

I sometimes struggle to motivate myself to face the heat and humidity, even when I know I need to get my children outside to play. Incorporating water helps, but sometimes I look for something to do beyond just running through … READ MORE

The Playground Parade

Here comes the best playground parade ever! With all the great examples of parades throughout the month, now is a good time to put on your own playground parade! This is an activity that infants, toddlers, and preschoolers can all … READ MORE

Not Just a Climber

We often hear about the importance of adjusting environments to children’s learning and behavior, but somehow that tends to stop at the door. We head out to the installed, immobile playgrounds and assume that’s just it. However, playgrounds are extensions … READ MORE

All You Need is a Bucket

The next time you head outside with children, try giving each one a bucket. Let them know you are treasure hunters and are going to take a walk and see what you can find. When children have a container for … READ MORE

Mr. Sun

I feel like I have been singing “Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden sun, please shine down on me!” The sun is shining and providing a good time to soak up some Vitamin D. The sun gives off serotonin that … READ MORE

The Hole

“Wherever he saw a hole he always wanted to know the depth of it. To him this was important.” ― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth I was recently at my 8 year old son’s baseball game. … READ MORE

Risky Play

At the playground, my toddler immediately took off, scaling the “rock wall” of the climber. I found myself repeating, “be careful,” with every precarious foot placement, and then again when hurtled himself down the big slide. He fell at the … READ MORE

It’s Planting Season Time

Now is a great time to get students involved in planting.   Adding features to the playground like a garden center or planting area can be a fun and new learning experience for children. Children can experience natural science when you … READ MORE