Tinkergarten is not a typical kids’ class—we learn through play. We share ideas with educational frameworks like Montessori, Waldorf and Reggio Emilia, but we’re much more. We use technology to help leaders deliver expert designed curriculum that adapts to region and season, is age appropriate, and spans a broad range of skills. Activities progressively build week after week, season after season.
Tinkergarten parents are not anti-tech. Our kids get ample screen time, too. Isn’t our greatest gift, then, to balance that time with healthy, rejuvenating, and developmentally stimulating time outdoors?
Our classes bring back something that seems to be lost on this new generation — something that was a most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to play and tinker outdoors.
Kids develop self-regulation, problem solving, persistence, curiosity and more through well-designed play-based activities. At Tinkergarten, we think independent exploration, hands-on creation, risk taking, and getting dirty achieve far greater things than worksheets at the local tutoring center.
The most critical social development happens in the first 5 years. Tinkergarten is purposefully designed to bring kids and parents together with other families, and allow moms, dads, and caregivers to bond with their child more meaningfully.
At the heart of every Tinkergarten® class are activities that have been developed, tested and honed by our team of experts. Because we believe all children should be learning outside, we freely share our activities. That means you can try them out with your family even if classes are not yet offered in your community.
All Tinkergarten activities share three core ingredients: optimal learning conditions, design for engagement, and skills that matter. We draw on a collection of instructional influences and even sprinkle in some best practices in game mechanics, social engagement and cognitive development. Parents have told us that Tinkergarten activities make them feel like a kid again. And to their kids, they are just plain fun!