Tag: playground activities

  • The Story of the Last Playground

    To kids, playgrounds are treasure, and the story of the last playground brings this message to our ears, our eyes, and our hearts. Children have been terribly affected by the war in Syria. Their schools and playgrounds have been bombed out of existence. The children are hungry, sick, and terrified. As they look around them,…

  • Space Activities #15: Planet Playground Fun

    The cloudy weather cleared up and the sun came out so we headed outside for some Planet Playground fun. This can happen at any playground in most weather, but warmer days often mean more time outdoors. Since we’d been talking of outer space with the Jupiter probe Juno and the anniversary of the landing on…

  • #11 Transportation Activities Playground Fun

    Transportation activities playground fun is today’s play-of-the-day. Is there a playground in your neighborhood close enough for you and your child? Most children’s playgrounds have some piece of equipment to do with transportation. One of Little Sister’s favorite playgrounds is the race car park. There’s a small blue race car for bouncing just right for…

  • Math on the Playground, Part #3

    Three days in a row of great weather took us outside for part of the afternoon where we played and had some more fun with math on the playground. The tot-lot on the corner of our street is just a little space, tucked under the trees, but with a yellow and white carpet of tiny…

  • Math on the Playground: Part #2

    Another gorgeous day meant we headed to the playground for some fresh air outside, wear-off-energy time, and more math on the playground fun. Thank you, Sun! Yesterday, we had some fun with numbers at the small tot-lot at the end of our street. Today, the kids noticed some shapes. One of the platforms for climbing…

  • Math on the Playground: Part #1

    Parents don’t have to be math whizzes and kids don ‘t require a math gene. Math needs to be fun, and can be done anywhere: how about math on the playground? With the weather outside really lovely this week, we walked to a neighborhood playground. On the way we happened to see someone outside pulling…

  • Nature, Sensory, and Playground Fun Activity

    Here is a page of ideas for having some nature and sensory fun on the playground. Movement activities are important to include in early learning because they connect many brain pathways. Enjoy!

  • Playground Fun, Learning, Kindergarten Readiness & PLAY

    Kids and playgrounds seem like a natural combination but did you know that playgrounds are a relatively new invention? Although there were some before, in 1907 President Roosevelt stated “….since play is a fundamental need, playgrounds should be provided for every child as much as schools.” Check out this Library of Congress picture of a…

  • Playground Fun for Sensory Play

    Playgrounds support children’s learning, development and kindergarten readiness in many different ways and can stimulate sensory play. Usually when we talk about senses we think of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell but besides these 5, there are 2 other very important senses for the body; the body’s position in space and the sense of…

  • Kindergarten Readiness, Children’s Books, and Playgrounds

    One of the most important activities that parents and caregivers can do to support children’s learning is to read books and share stories. Did you know that reading 3 or 4 a day, a few times a week adds up to about a thousand in just one year? That makes a tremendous number of brain…