Outdoor Classes for Homeschool Kids in Forest Park
Healthy, educational fun for homeschooled kids. Outdoor, activity-based classes in local greenspaces in Forest Park.
Tinkergarten's play – based learning classes are the best way for homeschooled kids to experience the great outdoors in Forest Park during Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. At Tinkergarten, we are proud to be every family’s guide to purposeful outdoor play—created by education experts and loved by homeschooling families everywhere. Nearly one-third of Tinkergarten Leaders are actively or have homeschooled their children, and nearly the same portion of our families identify as homeschoolers.
Why our homeschooling families love Tinkergarten
- Nature — Our classroom is nature, and the choice to school at home so often aligns with a desire for the best possible classroom.
- Open Ended Learning — All of our activities are play-based, child-led and multi-age, matching nicely with the individual learning design a homeschooled child receives.
- Eight Essential Skills — The program helps kids develop a strong foundation in 8 essential skills they’ll need to become capable, confident and creative learners.
- Social — Our live programming, both in person and online, is interactive and designed to build strong class communities.
- At–Home Curriculum — Homeschooling parents use our at-home activities and resources for grown-ups to keep purposeful play going all week long.
Join the other homeschool families in Forest Park today to play and learn outdoors together!
Class Offerings in Springfield
Tinkergarten In Person
Tinkergarten In PersonLearn outside with families in your community.
- Joyful group learning in an inspiring natural setting.
- Delightful classes in your local greenspace, with an expert Leader.
- 9 live class sessions in a local greenspace
- Led by an expert Tinkergarten Leader
- Videos, activities, and resources support playful learning all week long
- Proven protocols to keep learning safe and fun
- Small class size (up to 15 children)
- A seasonal map and Winter 2023/Problem Solving iron-on badge
- Parent/guardian attends with child
- Mixed-age classes for kids 1.5 to 8 years
Try a Free Class
A convenient and super fun way to learn about our program, meet a Tinkergarten Leader, and experience how our classes work.
- Enjoy a fun group activity with a certified Tinkergarten Leader.
- Get a free sample activity guide to continue the play at home.
- Learn about Tinkergarten’s unique approach to learning.
- Take advantage of either trial format: In Person (in a local greenspace) or Anywhere (on-demand, from any connected device).
Help Kids Thrive
What Will Your Child Learn?
Our Unique Approach
Who Leads Tinkergarten?
Tinkergarten is the national leader in outdoor, play-based learning. We’re looking for new Leaders to bring purposeful outdoor play to your community! If you or someone you know would make a great Leader, let us know!
What Parents Have to Say
Tinkergarten has been the best experience for my son. He gets so engaged, and I understand what he gets out of his play experiences thanks to the program materials.
We've enjoyed learning new things each season. We’ve been doing Tinkergarten for three years now and it's still so engaging to our kids.
Every lesson always inspires creative play for hours and hours after Tinkergarten ends. I love that Tinkergarten is research based and truly brings out childhood play! Keep up the amazing work!
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