"A rarity, unusualness, specialness, unpredictability and incongruity - these are all things that intrigue youngsters. To come upon something that cannot be immediately categorized stretches the limits of a child, again opening the way for a multitude of interpretations." 

From the article  Magical Playscapes 

by Joe Frost and James Talbot

Months and months ago, a fellow educator and advocate for outdoor play (that would be Vicky Flessner of PLAYceMaker) in Tennessee sent me a few ideas for blog posts.  As I am wont to do, I hemmed and hawed over them for a long time, trying to find a way to organize the...

July 27, 2017

In my mind’s eye, I see the child who spends each day bent to the task of combing through the sea of pea gravel on the playground until they find that tiny fossil they know is waiting to be discovered. Then there is the one who loves the pea gravel for its own sake, fi...

March 3, 2017

Dragonflies have held a fascination for me ever since the long summer days of my childhood spent camping and boating with my family in central Michigan. I love to watch them dance and float on the tips of reeds at the lake’s edge. The iridescence of their wings and bod...

            Nashville is a booming southern city.  But even before she became the “It” city, the downtown core had a bustling metropolitan presence.  Downtown commerce meant the need for downtown child care for working parents.  In 1990,...

February 1, 2017

I’ve always been interested in outdoor opportunities for children. I enjoyed outdoor play so much as a child, from the swing set to climbing trees, riding my bike to swimming, walking in the woods to rowing a boat across the lake. When I was 5 years old my family began...

November 18, 2016

In a rather of random act of intentional discovery, I decided to see what Mother Nature might yield up to me on a simple stroll through my yard. My investigation was motivated by an article that I had recently read about "affordances." The psychologist James J. Gibson...

September 21, 2016

My teaching team at Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool where I was director for 24 years nicknamed me "Magpie" due to my extreme attraction to all things sparkly. As it often turns out, beliefs we have assumed to be true need further research to determine their...

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