Free Spring Outdoor Play Class in Jackson Park (Garden of The Phoenix), Chicago, Illinois on April 7 at 12:45pm
How It Works
Our play-based outdoor curriculum guides parents on how to support an active, engaging, outdoor learning lifestyle for their family. Through live sessions led by Tinkergarten Leaders and on-demand, self-guided activities, we make purposeful, outdoor play doable for every family.
9 expert-led live sessions + 3 weeks of content
Weekly resources to support playful learning at home
Tools to track your child’s progress
Vibrant local and national parent community
Learn from Expert Leaders
Each week, your child’s live instruction and community connection will be facilitated by one of our dynamic Tinkergarten Leaders.
We have been struggling with how to handle some big emotions lately, and using body movement is something I hadn't thought about before. I'm looking forward to trying it out! Also play is such a great way to introduce a topic like that. Also, we just had so much fun with the puppets. Tinkergarten always delivers on new play ideas and tools to help in everyday life.
Kaari is so high-energy/positive and great at reminding the kids what they already learned and also at staying on track with the lesson. I have two preschoolers and that last part feels impossible for me most days.
Teacher got into the active part of class early, engaged each student personally, and was able to impart guidance and ideas to parents while keeping the group on track. Loved the gratitude song and acknowledgement of indigenous peoples and lands.
Leader was warm and knowledgeable. Love that the weekly Zoom class is just one aspect of the broader curriculum. Also appreciated that she gave guidance that it was okay to play in whatever way the child chooses, no need to make them stay on topic or keep their body still - that's super stressful as a parent!
Loved the combination of mud/puddy play with learning about emotions. I think my daughter really understood the part about looking at people's faces to tell how they are feeling :)
I must admit, I was curious to see how engaging a whole session about feelings would be, but Ray absolutely loved it! Wonderful curriculum and Becky is terrific! I can't imagine a better person to take on preschoolers over Zoom. We are very lucky to be in her class.
5! Great class today! Our family really enjoyed learning about such a relatable animal...the rabbit! The class also seemed to flow so nicely as Ms. Angelina incorporated photos, video examples, and play throughout the lesson. I also loved playing the remaining kindergarten song as the exit. My daughter has been playing burrows, rabbits, and predators all morning! animal...the rabbit! The class also seemed to flow so nicely as Ms. Angelina incorporated photos, video examples, and play throughout the lesson. I also loved playing the remaining kindergarten song as the exit. My daughter has been playing burrows, rabbits, and predators all morning!
I really appreciate the way Sasha consistently celebrates the children and encourages them to follow their instincts, including when they take things in unexpected directions. I love the safe space for exploration and being oneself that she holds for all involved. Sasha's session today was engaging and fun. She is creating strong connections with the children. We are very grateful and had a wonderful time.
Just great flow, pacing, energy, balance, seeing other kids, seeing Jenna, the songs, the visuals, etc. Technology and resources and planning all are working smoothly to give a great experience.
Teacher Kari goes through the lesson in a focused, but unrushed manner which leaves plenty of room for kids to participate fully. Being able to have a class with Teacher Kari while located in a different part of the country is the best thing to come out of virtual classes.
Amy always makes class fun and exciting for the explorers. My son loved seeing all the animals for each week. He talks about them all week long. He even did the dog yoga pose without prompting. It was so great to see his focus building each week. As always the class was excellent and adds wonderful play to my son's week. Thank you.
Madelyn always notices and acknowledges every explorer—my child really loves interacting with her. This lesson was so fun—loved acting like chimpanzees and making all kinds of faces. Love that it is okay that my child didn't want to touch the mud today. She was still able to participate fully and had a wonderful experience!
Kari was a very friendly and interactive teacher, it can't be easy to wrangle young kids virtually. And my daughter absolutely loved making her happiness potion. She told her father about it the second she saw him.
Ms Jamie keeps everything so light and fun. It's a no pressure environment thanks to her, which makes my children more comfortable expressing themselves!
This has been the PERFECT experience. Mrs. Joanne is the best! My daughter looks forward to Tinkergarten as though it’s Christmas each week. Cross Creek Nursery is so nice for letting us use their facility, and they have been wonderful hosts!
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