DIY Sand Box and Gravel Pit - The Imagination Tree
Make some outdoor sensory play areas for toddlers and preschoolers with these two simple ideas; a DIY sand box and a gravel pit construction site! We are huge fans of outdoor play and learning and spend a lot of time in our garden or the woods and parks near our home. Because we live in...Read More »
If We Don't Play In The Rain, We Don't Play Outdoors At All
Last winter was a dry one here in Seattle, mild and dry with more sunny days than we're accustomed to seeing here in the Pacific Northwest. It was pleasant, but I for one am glad that we're back to normal this year as the atmospheric rivers have returned to their proper course, alternatively dousing and dribbling on us, filling our water reservoirs to overflowing and building up snow pack in the mountains that provide us with plenty when the dryer summer months return. They say that wars of…
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Children need motivation to learn. Motivation is more important than intelligence and is the key to success for children and adults. Think of the Characteristics of Effective Learning as instilling motivation to not only succeed in Early Years, but to also become lifelong learners.
Creating Our Barefoot Sensory Path and the Importance of Outdoor Play
Our school has an Outdoor Learning Committee that I am a part of. We all feel very strongly that the environment where the children play outside is just as important as the environment inside our school. We have worked hard to make our playground an area where the kids can run, exercise explore and yes...learn! Outside play plays an important role in children's development! They are working gross motor muscles and getting must needed exercise. They learn how to solve problems such as when…