The Sandbox, Part 2

In part one of The Sandbox I reflected on how open-ended sand is.  Because of this, the type of materials offered, and the way the materials are presented will set the stage for sand exploration.  Traditional sand toys typically include … READ MORE

Rain, Please Don’t Go Away!

As educators, a rainy day is not always a good thing. We feel like we can’t take the children outside and let them play or explore. The things that come to mind are wet children, puddles, mud, wet playgrounds. Why … READ MORE

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, Mr. Golden sun, please shine down on me” quite a lot lately! The sun is shining and providing a good time to soak up some Vitamin D. Sunshine gives off … 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