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Play is Learning

Outdoor classes where kids learn through play

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Play is Learning

Outdoor classes where kids learn through play

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Leaders

43

States

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571

Leaders

43

States

46K+

Kids Outside

46K+

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Why It Matters

Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun! Learn more about our approach.

Building A Foundation

“Nearly all developmental psychologists, neuroscientists and education experts recommend play for kids 0-7 as the best way to nurture kids’ development and ready them for academic success later in life.”

Scientific American

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Sensory

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Problem Solving

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Focus

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Communication

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Motor Skills

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Empathy

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Collaboration

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Creativity

Exceptional Leaders

Exceptional leaders

“I’ve got a whole new definition of what work can be. I spend my time helping kids and parents in my community, and I’m learning more about myself than I ever have. I’m outdoors more, I get exercise, get messy and laugh, and my son tags along with me—I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

Beth Ashley Tinkergarten Leader, Brooklyn, NY
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Sarah Viers
Rochester, MI
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Elizabeth McAllister
Silver Spring, MD
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Mary Via
Arlington, VA
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Jennie Skilbred
Sag Harbor, NY
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Karen Shihadeh
Pacific Grove, CA
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Haley Pepper
Saint Louis, MO

What Parents Think

Testimonial 1

“This was the first time I haven't felt like a bad parent for having a child that wanted to play in the water instead of sitting in a circle. This is a great experience for both of us.”

Gillian S. Mom to a 3-year-old (Brooklyn, NY)
Testimonial 2

"Tinkergarten let him play in him own way, so I didn't have to worry about my son as a non-participant."

Michael B. Dad to a 4-year-old (Seattle, WA)
Testimonial 3

“My youngest was more independent in this class than any other we’ve taken.”

Julie K. Mom to a 3-year old (Houston, TX)

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